Friday, October 4, 2013

Day Tripping: Liberty Science Center

Sunday we took a day trip to one of our favorite places, Liberty Science Center.
Not sure why, but we never really noticed the
 Skyscraper exhibit until the last time we were there.
The Hubby likes the crane, but acts like he's "helping" the Peanut play with it.

In missing the Skyscraper exhibit, we also missed out on the
Curtain Wall Test: A Hurricane in a Box.

Apparently, it's one of two in the country and
I believe the only one with the water feature.
You get to wear a big poncho and goggles and feel
what it's like to be in a category 2 hurricane.

You can watch it here, but it's better in real life.

Upstairs, you can get harnessed up and walk on these beams.
It doesn't seem scary until you're out there.
Ying and Yang are fine, but I have a mini-stroke every time. 

They even have a beam from the World Trade Center.

The last few times we missed the Wildlife Challenge, for one reason or another.
Usually the Peanut was too distracted with other exhibits
so we never made it back in time.
But we made sure to hit this up early in the day.

It's a huge obstacle course outside.
Easy enough for out of shape parents and fun for kids.

We also did the Touch Tunnel five million times, as usual.
And then the Peanut went by herself and did it another five million  times.

We also always miss out on the Infection Connection exhibit
because they're booked up.
Today we were first on the list.

She learned about viruses and infections.
If you have a home school group, these hands on experiments are a must.

We even timed it right, and got to take the Subway Car exhibit
and learned how the things we do can spread disease.

I love this display on filtering water.
I don't know why, but it makes me want to try this setup in our backyard.

Tortellini is getting so big!

They searched for dinosaur bones.

This PixelPalooza thing was weirdly fun.  They have this postcard screen that
you can email yourself.  Which I did, but I can't figure out how to post here.

The Gridiron Glory exhibit was beyond amazing.

The activities were fun, of course.
 But the memorabilia was just incredible.  And I'm not even a football fan.

I loved the old uniforms and the back stories.
There was a room (that I badly photographed or I would post it)
with a ton of TVs showing old games at pivotal moments
and in that room were all these uniforms and helmets and whatnot.

All the history is just fascinating.  Truly.

Towards the end of the day, we went to see Flames, Foam and FOOM!
I can't find anything about it on their website, but holy crap, it was amazing!
The woman doing the show was so energetic!
And there was fire and explosions and everything...wowza.
We happened to get free tickets, but it would be worth paying for.

In addition to the usual exhibits and the new Gridiron Glory exhibit,
for the little ones, replacing Curious George was the
Bob the Builder Project: Build IT Traveling Exhibition.
I don't know what happened to those pics, but it is
definitely geared to younger kids.
They even have a Bob the Builder's work trailer!

I swear the girl in this picture looks like the back of my Peanut!
If it is, that's cool.

Anyway, as usual, we had an awesome time.

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