We have a 4-year old cheetah, tiger, leopard nut living in our house. So, it was with incredible excitement that our family and another family with a big cat nut themselves went to the Tigers- Tracking a Legend show at South Street Seaport.
Tigers- Tracking a Legend is a hands-on exploration about a tiger family and its habitat. The stories are told through sophisticated interactive displays, a movie and even a digital wall game. There are stations throughout the exhibit where you can stamp your passport to show you have been tracking a tiger- and smelling stations too. There are a couple of sound booths where you listen and then emulate the cries of a tiger. It’s engaging and teaches the kids how animals communicate their needs using different frequencies and sounds. Our kids fought over who got to pull the joystick to feel the bite strength of the tiger vs. other animals, which taught them which mammals have the strongest bite. Two of the biggest hits were the video about a family of tigers and the digital wall game. The Digi-Track Wall (winner of Wired Magazine’s NextFest People’s Choice award) dominates one side of the exhibit that encourages kids and parents to climb, slap and run the length of the blinking wall to follow tiger tracks, rainfalls and bees. All 4 of our children aged from 14 months to 4 years and both dads were wildly running back and forth and up and down playing the games. It was a total blast to watch too. The exhibit is at South Street Seaport, so it’s plopped down in the middle of the mall so you lose the ambience of the original installation of the exhibit (original installation photos are shown here). But, after the show, just walk outside to the food court, order a meal and take it outside to one of the benches to enjoy the beautiful water view. Alternatively, you can go to the Water Taxi Beach, eat, play miniature golf and goof around in the sand.
A sign that the exhibit was good for both kids and parents: my son has asked to return to it, our toddlers roar and crawl like tigers, and both the other mom and I now have a ton of interesting tiger factoids to entertain ALL our tiger nuts with.
What you win: A family 4 pack of tickets to see Tigers- Tracking a Legend
How to enter: Tell us a fun summer activity you like to do (with or without kids). Just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. (You can enter as many times as you like.)
Notification: The winner will be picked through a random number generator (random.org) and will be announced on this blog next Friday, June 11th. Check back!
If you don’t win the tickets, you can buy them at the box office across from the exhibit. I wouldn’t suggest getting them at Ticketmaster since they charge their regular handling fees.