The first time my kids (5 and 3) went to the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, they disappeared with my husband for the entire day; hours longer than I could have hoped. NYSCI has something for every age (or at least 3 – 40, in our case!) and boasts the largest collection of hands-on exhibits in New York City. Assuming the snow arrives tonight as planned, you and your kids might be looking for something else this weekend besides sledding.
This Saturday, January 15, NYSCI will be hosting The Design Squad Nation Family Day, a one-day event that brings the excitement and ingenuity of the new PBS KIDS GO! series Design Squad Nation directly to kids and families. The show highlights kids’ creativity and how science and engineering can help them achieve their dreams.
Visitors to the event can get inventive with tabletop design challenges inspired by the show, watch the “Pop Fly” (a 6-foot tall catapult – sounds like good practice for Angry Birds!), and meet the hosts and see a sneak preview of the show. Kids can test their design and building skills with a series of hands-on, tabletop activities. All event activities are free with general NYSCI admission.
If you can’t make it on Saturday but your interest is piqued, Squad Nation premieres locally on WNET Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Catch at sneak preview of the series here.
What you win: A family pack of tickets to the New York Hall of Science at 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY for anytime!
How to enter: Tell us how you get your kids involved in building and inventing? 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 Friday, January 14, 2011. Check back! If you don’t win the tickets, the NYSCI is still worth a visit. You can buy tickets in advance on their website.
New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
January 15, noon – 5 pm
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park