Liberty Science Center Announces Upcoming Events

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JERSEY CITY – Liberty Science Center, located at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City, has a variety of upcoming events designed to appeal to children of all ages. For more information, visit www.lsc.org or call 1-201-200-1000

Through Jan. 9 – Mammoths and Mastodons Exhibition
Journey back to the Ice Age via video installations, roam among saber-toothed cats and giant bears, see towering models of Ice Age animals hunted by our forbearers, and examine some of the oldest known human artifacts in this jam-packed exhibition. See real artifacts and fossils as well as touchable tusks, teeth and fur. This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago.

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Nov. 13 – BASF Kids Lab –  Ages 6-11
If your family likes to learn together and is curious about what causes stuff to be, well, stuff, sign up for the BASF Kids Lab at Liberty Science Center and enjoy fun, hands-on experiments! Families can even take many of their creations home. As an added bonus, participants will receive a $5 voucher good towards the purchase of other Liberty Science Center experiences.  Space is limited. Labs are $5/person. Call 1-201-253-1310 for reservations. Labs are from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Nov. 21 – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure film – Ages 4-6
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon, and stars. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that it’s very different from the Earth. Recommended for ages 4-6 with adults. Made possible by the Sesame Street Workshop and the National Science Foundation. Tickets are $3 child/$4 adult. In the Interactive Theater at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Obsessed by Science: Buoyancy – All ages
Join a talented group of middle schoolers from The Montclair Kimberly Academy in Montclair as they present their own specially-developed demonstrations on buoyancy. Free with admission. Governor’s Hall near the Tower staircase. 12 – 2 p.m.

Nov. 26 & 27 – Wampum Wonders – Ages 8+
You may have learned in school that wampum served as a unit of exchange, or money, among East Coast Native Americans, but is that the whole story? See the live sea creatures used to make wampum such as whelks in the Our Hudson Home exhibition, learn about the real uses of wampum from expert Arthur Kirmssin the Interactive Theater at 12:30, 1:15 and 2 p.m., then make your own wampum-style necklace or wristband to take home in the Forum.  Free with paid admission. In Our Hudson Home, the Forum and the Interactive Theater. Noon – 3 p.m.

Nov. 27 & 28 – Science Arts & Crafts – Make a Turkey – Ages 4-8
Before the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are gone, learn some interesting facts about these native American birds as you make a craft version to take home. Free with paid admission. In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 26 & 27, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 – The Polar Express IMAX film
The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience pulls into the nation’s largest IMAX® Dome Theater for a limited engagement just in time for the holidays. The heart-warming film tells of a boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on a journey of self-discovery.  Based on the Caldecott medal-winning children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Run time: 100 minutes. Tickets are $8.50/ children 2-12 and seniors 62+; $11.25/ adult. Note: Infants under 2 are not permitted in the IMAX Dome Theater. Shows at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 4 & 5 – Make a Craft Snowman- Ages 4-8
It’s cold out but warm inside. In this science and craft activity you’ll make an art snowman and learn about the real cold stuff outside. Free with paid admission. In the Infection Connection Gallery 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 4, 11 & 18 – BASF Kids Lab – Ages 6-11
If your family likes to learn together and is curious about what causes stuff to be, well, stuff, sign up for the BASF Kids Lab at Liberty Science Center and enjoy fun, hands-on experiments! Families can even take many of their creations home. As an added bonus, participants will receive a $5 voucher good towards the purchase of other Liberty Science Center experiences.  Space is limited. Labs are $5 /person. Call 201.253.1310 for reservations. Sessions are 10 a.m. -12:15 p.m. and 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Dec. 5, 12 & 19 – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure film – Ages 4-6
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon, and stars. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that it’s very different from the Earth. Recommended for ages 4-6 with adults. Made possible by the Sesame Street Workshop and the National Science Foundation. Tickets are $3 child/$4 adult. In the Interactive Theater at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Dec. 11 & 12 – Make a Craft Penguin – Ages 4-8
Make your own friendly penguin to take home while you learn some amazing facts about these hardy birds. Free with paid admission. In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery 11 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 18 – Rubik’s Cube Competition – Ages 8+
Rubik’s Cube speed competitions are held at Princeton, Harvard and around the world.  Now join speed cuber Bob Burton as he brings a Rubik’s Cube competition to Liberty Science Center.  Over 100 competitors are expected to show off their skills and compete to solve cube puzzles in record time, trying to beat current record holder Erik Akkersdijk of the Netherlands. Want to compete? See http://ca.cubingusa.com/libertysciencecenter2010/index.php.  Free for spectators. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 18 – Learn to Speed Cube! – Ages 8+
If you have always wanted to develop the lightning fast skills required to become a skilled speed cuber, here’s your chance! Join cubing experts in the Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Science Learning and Teaching to improve your Rubik’s Cube skills.  Space and practice cubes are limited and available on a first come, first served basis starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Chalsty Center entrance. Cubes and books are also available for purchase online or at the Center in Connections: The Store, www.enssc.com/?store=541. Free with paid admission. Sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 18 – 20 – Make a Craft Snowflake
Create your own snowflake as you learn about the science behind winter’s most beautiful substance. Free with paid admission. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 4th Annual 12 Days of Science Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 – All ages
Now in its fourth year, The 12 Days of Science provide an exciting finish to the year with exciting activities that will make your special holiday visit even more memorable!  Schedules are subject to change without notice and space or supplies may be limited. Activities are available on a first come, first served basis.

Daily Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 (except 12/25)

  • Funny Flavors Ice Cream Making – Watch as professional educators make ice cream the scientific way – with liquid nitrogen. You never know what flavor they’ll concoct next!
  • Insta-Snow – Learn about chains of molecules called polymers then use one with unique properties to make “snow” in this great indoor activity! 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Science Crafts and Creations – Relax and let your creativity flow as you create a custom creative snowflake, a penguin puppet and a snowflake magnet.  Free with paid admission. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

December 25 – CLOSED

Dec. 26 & 27 – Mathemagician Art Benjamin (as seen on the Colbert Report) If you love math and magic or you just want to impress everyone you meet with your lofty mental powers, don’t miss mathemagician Professor Art Benjamin doing his high-energy mental magic before your eyes.  Named “America’s Best Math Whiz” by Readers Digest and the focus of reports from the Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, People Magazine and Discover Magazine to name a few, Dr. Benjamin will demonstrate and explain his secret for doing rapid-fire mental math faster than a calculator. Don’t miss out…reserve ahead!  J.D. Williams Science Theater, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. $5 per person.

Dec. 26 – 30 and January 1 – The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience pulls into the nation’s largest IMAX® Dome Theater for a limited engagement just in time for the holidays.  See more details above. Run time: 100 minutes. One show daily at 6:15 p.m.  $8.50/children 2-12 and seniors 62+; $11.25/adult. Note: Infants under 2 are not permitted in the IMAX Dome Theater.

Dec. 28 – The Playful Penguin Join presenters from Jenkinson’s Aquarium as they explain all about these amazing birds and let you meet one of their special penguin residents. Free with paid admission. Jennifer A. Chalsty Center Forum, 11 a.m., 12 & 1 p.m.

Dec. 28 – BubbleMania – Experience a high-energy mix of visual comedy, quick wit, swing music, and amazing soap bubble manipulations from round bubbles to intricate Bubble Art (bubble chains, bubble spaceships, fog-filled bubbles, and more).  Learn how these shapes form, how to make a cube bubble and the science of bubble bursting, with each topic related to physical laws of the natural world. As seen on the Science Channel – great for all ages. Tickets are $5 per person. Joseph D. Williams Science Theater 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 – Animal Mythbuster – Live Animal Show
Can touching toads give you warts on your hands? Do slithery snakes have full backbones? Can spiny animals such as hedgehogs and porcupines throw their quills? Discover the real answers to some common misconceptions about animals and visit them up close! In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery. Free with paid admission. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 – The Green Frog Survival Game
Come early or stay late after the Animal Mythbuster shows so your kids can channel their inner amphibians playing the Green Frog Survival game. They’ll hop and leap across a series of lily pads answering questions about amphibians and making real-life decisions faced by frogs as they mature from tadpole to adult. Will they reach the final pad? In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery. Free with paid admission. 11:10 and 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 29 – Bash the Trash - You’ll never think of the contents of your recycling bin the same way again after you see this fast-paced, upbeat show. Performers build flutes, horns, percussion, and string instruments from discarded items, then play a toe-tapping concert.  Finally, audience members make their own amazing instruments and take part in a triumphant parade through the Science Center. Tickets are $5 per person. Joseph D. Williams Science Theater. 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 29 – Animal Mythbuster – Live Animal Show
Can touching toads give you warts on your hands? Do slithery snakes have full backbones? Can spiny animals such as hedgehogs and porcupines throw their quills? Discover the real answers to some common misconceptions about animals and visit them up close! In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery. Free with paid admission. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 29 – The Green Frog Survival Game
Come early or stay late after the Animal Mythbuster shows so your kids can channel their inner amphibians playing the Green Frog Survival game. They’ll hop and leap across a series of lily pads answering questions about amphibians and making real-life decisions faced by frogs as they mature from tadpole to adult. Will they reach the final pad? In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery. Free with paid admission. 11:10 and 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 29 & 30 – Chromatography Snowflakes
You’ve heard that colors are made of different hues, but do you know how to separate them into individual components? Create your own blue snowflake then color it and create rainbows on paper as you separate the blue dye into its constituent parts through the scientific method of chromatography. It’s colorful fun! Space is limited and signs ups are required. Gamma Lab. Thirty-minute lab sessions at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 30 – Kip Rosser’s Theremin
What musical instrument is played without touching it? The theremin!  Join Kip Rosser to hear the weird and wonderful sounds he generates simply by waving his hands in the air over what looks like a small box with an antenna. The hand motion mixes two oscillating waveforms to create eerie and beautiful music, but playing it is not as easy as it looks – this technique is difficult to master. Theremins have been used in movie soundtracks such as Miklos Rozsa’s Spellbound and Lost Weekend. Free with paid admission. Interactive Theater, 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 30 – Animal Mythbuster – Live Animal Show
Can touching toads give you warts on your hands? Do slithery snakes have full backbones? Can spiny animals such as hedgehogs and porcupines throw their quills? Discover the real answers to some common misconceptions about animals and visit them up close! Free with paid admission. In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 30 – The Green Frog Survival Game
Come early or stay late after the Animal Mythbuster shows so your kids can channel their inner amphibians playing the Green Frog Survival game. They’ll hop and leap across a series of lily pads answering questions about amphibians and making real-life decisions faced by frogs as they mature from tadpole to adult. Will they reach the final pad? Free with paid admission. In the Eat & Be Eaten Gallery at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 1 & 2– Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid – In Person! Beloved by children ages 3-6, “Sid the Science Kid” promotes science-readiness by encouraging young children’s instinctive curiosity of children about how the world works. Sid asks adults around him to help answer the questions preschoolers most find fascinating (Why do bananas go “bad?” How does my juice box straw work? What is hair for?). In doing so, Sid and his viewing friends discover that they can “do” their own science and make new discoveries every day. Join Sid as he greets his fans at Liberty Science Center and hands out small souvenirs. You can even “do” your own science at special activity tables. Free with paid admission. You’ll find all the fun in Governor’s Hall from 12 – 3 p.m. Free with paid admission.

November Hours
Open    Tuesday-Friday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday     9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day

Admission Prices
Exhibition Only Admission
Adults $15.75; Juniors (2-12)/Seniors (62+) $11.50; Infants (under 2) free
Combination Ticket Includes Exhibits, J.D. Williams Theater and IMAX® Dome Theater
Adults $24.50; Juniors (2-12)/Seniors (62+) $18.50; Infants* (under 2) free. * Note that films in the IMAX Dome Theater are not suitable for children under 6. Infants under 2 are not permitted in the IMAX Dome Theater.


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