It’s officially fall, NYC’s finest season. After morning pre-k yesterday we decided to venture out for our last car outing for a couple days. The Pope comes to town today, and traffic is going to be madness. We picked Queens, New York Hall of Science. You can get there by subway and bus, but it’s much easier to drive, plus we get free parking since we’re members. We’ve only been here once before, so it’s still new to us and there’s a lot we haven’t seen.
Brooklyn and I began in a section called Design Lab, this program blew me away! There’s a large room with multiple workshops where you’re allowed to create/invent something. We did two labs. In the first we were told to solve a problem: There was a big storm in a town and many things were destroyed, the people needed supplies of food and water. We needed to invent something that could both hold the relief and get it there, using the provided zip line. There were several tables full of kids and materials (cardboard, note cards, aluminum foil, straws, string, tape, paperclips, etc) for us to use. Brooklyn just turned 4, so she needed a lot of help, but she was able to think through the problem and decided a hot air balloon would work best. Together we made a modified one…a basket made of note cards taped together with aluminum foil for a handle. I worked quickly with her so the project wouldn’t lose her attention, how long she is able to focus is always a mystery. Once assembled she climbed to the top of a platform and put her structure to the test. Her first attempt failed. I helped her add some string and a paperclip and SUCCESS! It sailed down the zip line intact.
The next lab was also a lot of fun. We made a cat character drawing on paper, cut it out and attached it to a stick. Then used provided props to create a scene, wrote a quick story line then snapped some pictures. Our story was about super cat Nico who went to visit the leaning tower of Pisa with his friend a dinosaur…yet to be named.
We then ventured outside to the 9 hole mini golf section where Brooklyn tried to defy the laws of physics, repetitively. There is a small additional fee for this, but much worth it. She LOVED this section. I have to admit I was terrified I’d get clubbed by her or one of the other little scientists. But we both made it out unscathed.
Next stop was another interactive floor where we balanced on a simulated surf board, raced in stationary wheelchairs and tested three different balls by pitching them with a speedometer.
Our last stop at the museum was the playground, the most innovative playground I’ve been to in NYC. This playground is a reason alone to visit the museum. Almost every apparatus turns, creates energy, pumps water, tweaks light, or does something to demonstrate a cause and effect relationship. And it’s FUN.
Our day didn’t end there though, the museum is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The Queens Zoo and Fantasy Forest are both within the park just outside of the museum, so we hit both of those before calling it a day.
Today was a really special day with my little girl. I cherish spending one on one time with her and I LOVE blowing her mind. It’s so easy to do at this age, I’m definitely savoring it. There’s much more of both New York Hall of Science and Corona Park I haven’t explored and I can’t wait to go back!
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On the drive home Brooklyn said we should have brought her friends with us because I’m not as fun 🙁