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Five Great Reasons to Visit the Liberty Science Center

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Sid the Science Kid: the Super-Duper Exhibit at the Liberty Science Center Credits: Liberty Science Center
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Infinity Climber at the Liberty Science Center Credits: Liberty Science Center
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Iceberg, part of the Titantic exhibit Credits: Liberty Science Center
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Touch Tunnel at the Liberty Science Center Credits: Liberty Science Center
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Reproduction cabin from the Titantic exhibit at the Liberty Science Center Credits: Liberty Science Center
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For a great family day out, take a trip to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. There are plenty of exhibits for kids, tweens, and teens of all ages, as well as an entire area just for toddlers ages 2 to 5.
 
I recently visited the Liberty Science Center with my husband and three kids (ages 12, 10 and 6), and here is our list of five exhibits you don't want to miss:
This special exhibit is perfect for younger kids, especially ones who are already fans of the PBS show. Kids get lots of opportunities to try out science experiments for themselves using everything from microscopes to pulleys. There's also a fully-stocked kitchen to explore and even a playground area with slides. Kids can meet Sid himself on select dates in March and May. Exhibit is open until May 15.
 
This exhibit has an amazing collection of more than 100 authentic artifacts from the Titanic, as well as fascinating information about the ship and life aboard it, with biographies and insights about the passengers. Upon entering the exhibit, each person is given a replica boarding pass of a real passenger on the Titanic, and by looking for clues throughout the exhibit, visitors can find out their person's fate. The exhibit also includes reproductions of actual cabins from the Titanic, which gives an incredible glimpse into what life on board the ship was really like. While this exhibit is great for tweens, teens, and adults, younger kids will also enjoy it, especially getting the chance to touch an "iceberg" and experience for themselves how cold it is, and the water was, at the time of the sinking of the  Titanic. This is a premium exhibit with an additional charge and is open until May 30.
 

This exciting live show, which has robotic drums  and "musical lightning," was a big hit with everyone in my family. In addition to the show, a narrator also provided insight into Tesla's fascinating and eccentric life, with interesting anecdotes that kept even the youngest member of our group entertained. The show plays weekends at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and is free with admission or membership. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be reserved in advance by calling 201.253.1310 the day of  your visit. As the lightning show contains very loud noises and strobe lights, it is not suitable for children age 2 or under.
 
The Touch Tunnel is the one thing my kids never miss when we visit the Liberty Science Center, so it comes as no surprise that this is the most popular exhibit at the museum. Despite it's popularity, the line moves quickly and the wait is usually not too long. When you enter the tunnel, it's pitch-black and you have to find your way out crawling and using your sense of touch. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone, and my six-year-old has completed the tunnel many times when going with his older siblings.
 
This suspended, multi-story play space is another favorite with my kids, and appeals to a wide range of ages. Kids can climb, crawl, and walk on the pathways of the contained area (protective mesh keeps kids safe inside), which is positioned at the top of the museum's three-story atrium. According to the Liberty Science Center, it's "the world’s first suspended climbing play space of its kind." The play space can accommodate up to 50 people, but the line can still get long during busy times, so try to go at the least crowded time of your visit. Visitors must be 42 inches or taller to participate and wearing flat-soled, closed-back shoes.
 
Ticket prices for the Liberty Science Center vary, and there are additional fees for IMAX films and other special programming. Discounts available for children and senior citizens; children under 2 years old are admitted free. Ticket details here.
 
The Liberty Science Center is located at 222 Jersey City Blvd., in Jersey City and is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information visit LSC.org.
 
Anna Sandler is the editor of TAP into SOMA and a mom always looking for cool places to visit and fun things to do with her family. If you have an idea for family fun, please send to asandler@tapintosoma.net.

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