Summertime is one of the seasons parents try to keep their kids busy because for some reason kids are always complaining of boredom. Not to worry, because New York City Tri-state area families can enjoy summertime at Liberty Science Center where learning and fun are combined through hands-on experiences and imaginative play. This summer, Liberty Science Center has two brand new exhibits that my daughter and I had the chance to experience over the weekend thanks to Momtrends. Last summer they had some pretty awesome ones, which you can read about here, and this year is no different. With Arthur’s World, Grossology, Block Party, and Jack Horner’s Dino Dig, summertime at Liberty Science Center will not disappoint. Check out the fun time we had learning and playing at the Liberty Science Center.

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig Experience

After eating a complimentary continental breakfast, kids were welcome to enjoy Jack Horner’s Dino Dig Experience. Kids were provided a paintbrush to dig through 35 tons of sand to uncover dinosaur fossils like the Deinonychus and Velociraptor while learning about each fossil found. Parents, you don’t have to worry about the sun because this outdoor exhibit is covered; however, the sand may be everywhere. I suggest do this first and bring a change of clothes so that the sand isn’t tracked into your car.


Have you ever wondered why your body releases certain fluids and smells? The new Grossology exhibit at Liberty Science Center is the perfect place to learn about the human body and its functions from how it deals with illness to digestion. You can even take a whiff of certain body odors, some of which are for sure to gross you out! There are two in particular that made us want to vomit, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. For some reason, this was a favorite among the kids. They loved running through the nose and playing with the giant Operation. Wait, Operation was my favorite too.

Summertime at Liberty Science Center Grossology Operation Summertime at Liberty Science Center Grossology Booger

Arthur’s World

Although my daughter has outgrown Arthur, she did enjoy being able to play in lifesized scenes from one of her old favorite shows/books at the New Arthur’s World exhibit. Arthur’s World is equipped with a kitchen, a campsite and a library for kids to act out their favorite scenes from Arthur. They can even take pictures with the book’s characters.

Arthur's World Library at Liberty Science Center

Block Party

If you have little builders in your family, they will enjoy Block Party. This is a hands-on experience allowing kids to use big blue foam blocks to build whatever their imaginations tell them to.

Block Party Liberty Science Center

The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium

While seated, waiting for the “show” to begin my daughter swore she experienced The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium before on a school trip. I assured her she has not because no one else has a planetarium experience like Liberty Science Center. And after virtually exploring the solar system and beyond, my daughter agreed. She learned various things about the different planets from the number of moons each has, the temperatures of each planet, and whether or not planets some planets are able to sustain life.

On December 9, 2018, Liberty Science Center will open the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere providing a never-before-seen visualization of Orion Nebula and provide breaking astronomy news in real time. The planetarium’s diameter is almost twice as long as a bowling alley lane with an 8k projection screen taller than four, yes, four giraffes.

Cost of Summertime at Liberty Science Center

Entry into the Dino Dig, Arthur’s World, and Blexhibitsy exhibits are included with general admission tickets which cost $22.75 for adults and $18.75 for children (2-12 years old). Grossology is available with the purchase of a Combination Pass.

Summertime at Liberty Science Center Hours

Liberty Science Center is open daily, even on Sundays, from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Out of all of the exhibits at Liberty Science Center this summer, can you guess what my daughter’s favorite was?

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