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“Liberty Science Center”

Liberty Science Center
Ranked #6 of 50 things to do in Jersey City
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Average trip. We arrived at approximately 9:00 am and bought our tickets inside the building. The Liberty Science Center consists of 4 floors, each with varying activities and informational sections. The first floor consisted of the main entrance, the gift shop, the skyscraper exhibit and the Da Vinci robotic surgery exhibit. The second floor consisted of the J.D Williams science theater, the Jennifer Chalsty planetarium, the hoberman sphere and a cafeteria. The third floor consisted of the dream machine, the eat and be eaten exhibit, the infection control exhibit and the communication exhibit. The fourth floor consisted of the Hudson home exhibit, and energy quest exhibit.

We were able to view four different shows at the Liberty Science Center. The first show that we saw was called Hurricane (3D). This show lasted approximately 20 minutes and was a great movie about the impact and strength that a hurricane has- on not only its environment but to the people in its path. The second show that we saw was called To Worlds Beyond + Live Show. This show lasted approximately 45 minutes and the show highlighted the most important planets and stars in our night sky. The first part of the show was live, and included the speaker pointing out the different planets and stars that are visible to humans in the night sky. The second part of the show included a short movie that highlighted all of the planets and their most important features. The third show that we saw was called Wonders of the Night Sky. This show lasted approximately 45 minutes and was very similar to the previous show that we watched. The first part of the show also included the speaker pointing out the different planets and stars that are visible to humans in the night sky. However, the second part of the this show included an in-depth explanation of the different stars in our solar system- including their names and the constellations that they are a part of. Finally, the fourth show that we saw was called the Nikola Tesla Lightning Show. This show lasted approximately 15- 20 minutes. This first part of this show consisted of a brief introduction about Nikola Tesla and his relationship to Thomas Edison. The second part of this show included a lightning display to the tune of different songs. I thoroughly enjoyed all four of these shows and they were the highlight of our trip.

We ate at Cafe Skylines, which is a small dining area located on the second floor of the Liberty Science Center. The selection was very small and consisted of a deli station, a grill station, a pizza station and a salad station. There were a variety of drinks to chose from. The meals were expensive and we ended up spending almost $30 for a small sandwich, chicken tenders with fries, a small soup and two drinks. The food was average in taste. There are a lot of kid-friendly activities located throughout the entire building. The only downside to this trip were the kids who disrupted the live shows by crying or talking throughout them. There were informational displays located in each section of the building, detailing the most important points of each exhibit.

TIP: I recommend spending the entire day here (or roughly 8 hours) if you want to see and do everything.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This place is amazing especially for children. Has projects of all types so kids can have fun and learn about Science

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

We are science nerds and were sucked in by the promise of "the largest planetarium in the western hemisphere." It isn't a planetarium. It's a standard Imax theater. We were so disappointed, especially after taking the subway to the Port Authority Terminal, then a bus to New Jersey, then the light rail to the LSC. Many of the displays were out of order. Those that did work were very basic, elementary school stuff. Go to the Hayden. There's really no need to go here and waste a day of your vacation.

4  Thank Eric O
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

I recent went to Liberty Science Center and did not feel its up to date. Many of the exhibits are primarily for kids. Its not a place for couples to go.It looks similar how it was 10-15 years ago. The IMAX dome can be can be good if you watch something that is thrilling and exciting. I went to watch the night sky and felt dizzy moving my head around multiple times left and right to follow the instructor.

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

Went to LSC with a friend to see the StarTrek exhibit towards the end of its run. Went on a Wednesday, and made sure to arrive after noon, towards the end of the day for the school field-trippers. Enjoyed the planetarium show and some other exhibits, the to see the Trek exhibit. (We had been tipped off by a worker that the last school thru would be done by then.). We almost had the exhibit to ourselves! Of course, by this point in time, some of the labels were broken and showing some wear, for this TOS fan, it was still fun. I loved the interactive presentation, with one’s personal certificate and “testing results” at the end. Not only for this exhibit—but for any adult or adult with child, wishing to avoid the crowds, consider visiting on a midweek afternoon. The LSC closed at 4PM that day, but it still leaves lots of time and opportunities to see and try many things.

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