A Gift For You (GIVEAWAY for NY/NJers)

UPDATE: lucky number 7! Melissa Jeppesen and her boys are the lucky winners! Thanks for shining a new light on New Jersey for me, friends!

Or at least for one lucky family who lives in the New York/New Jersey area. ¬†ūüôā

It’s Christmas time and we’re all about giving, right? Well, last weekend our family was given the opportunity to go to the¬†Liberty Science Center, which is just on the other side of the Holland Tunnel, in Jersey City. And now I’m giving all you local people the lowdown on it, as well as one lucky family 4 tickets to the center.

Because it’s Christmas! (And also because I have 4 tickets to give away!)

lscnerdsSo first, the lowdown. I know that New Yorkers like to kind of get a little snooty with New Jersey (all in good fun!), but it’s kind of hard with the Liberty Science Center. It makes our Brooklyn museums look so . . . small. In fact, our expectations were such that we planned to spend only a couple of hours there. It took us only a few moments to realize our mistake. Lots of floors with lots of cool things. Plan to spend the day.

Because of our lack of foresight, we ended up picking just a few things we wanted to see/do and giving ourselves a few minutes at each place. There were entire floors we didn’t touch. We had to pull our kids away more than once when they clearly could have been there for hours. (Give Manchild a Rubik’s Cube . . . .)

lscinfinityclimber3Some favorites:

The Touch Tunnel. I thought it would be a tunnel in which you touch different things. Just based on the name. I was wrong. It was a tunnel, and you did use your sense of touch. I ended up with a 25-pound monkey child riding on my back because she could not figure out what was going on, and Micah did the same for a 35-pound monkey child, while the 50-pound monkey child sped through the maze and made it look easy. We emerged on the other side feeling like we accomplished something. (Both Little Miss and Squish were all smiles at being able to see again.)

The Infinity Climber. This is a little hard to describe, so we have photos. Netting. Petal-like platforms. Three-stories above the floor. Maze-like. Winding and twisting. Everyone had a good time trying to find each other and stay together. There were lots of people climbing around and a few traffic jams, but we lived to tell the tale and agreed that it was pretty cool.lscinfinityclimber4Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

Beyond The Rubik’s Cube.¬†Puzzles puzzles puzzles! Pigs in Clover, 15, tangrams . . . and more. This is where we spent most of our time, and we barely made it beyond the entrance to the exhibit. I was kind of bummed that I had to supervise my kiddos and help them with their puzzles because I would have loved to explore the exhibit more deeply on my own. But then again, it was also super fun to see them go so deep into shapes and colors and fitting things together.


Animals!¬†On our way through Lower Manhattan as we drove to the museum Squish kindly informed us that he’s really into animals these days. (He was deflecting attention from his older brother who had just wowed us with an unexpected feat of deduction.) So I guess it was his lucky day when they pulled the snake and the tarantula and the hissing cockroach and the scorpion out of their boxes, eh?

But really, the kids were fascinated. As were Micah and I because WHO KNEW ALL SCORPIONS GLOW UNDER BLACK LIGHT?? Not us. Kind of blew our minds.


We also spent a few moments observing the fish. There were lots of them, some of which were bigger than some of our children.



I really wanted to check out the guitar exhibit. And the surgical robot exhibit. And the communication exhibit (obviously).

Again, we were kicking ourselves for not planning to spend the whole day. Learn from us, people! Take your time!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Now . . . the LSC really wants to help you out over the Christmas break. They really want to you to be able to get your kids out of the apartment and give them something new to explore, some space to roam, some thing to obsess about for the next month or so. And so they gave me 4 tickets to give to one of you!


If you want them, please leave a comment on this post by¬†Dec. 24th (Christmas Eve!) at midnight (I know you’ll be awake!). Tell me what you love about New Jersey. (Mine is the views of Manhattan.) I’ll pick a winner and send you the tickets post-haste so you can have them on hand for that 2nd week of no school when you’re feeling claustrophobic and counting down the minutes until school starts again. (Or whenever you want over the next year or so: the tickets expire Jan. 31 2016.)

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  1. I love all the access to so many different things; skiing, going to manhattan, beaches so many to choose from, Six Flags, Zoos, or just walking down main streets of townships.


  2. My sister-in- law and family live in jersey city so we love to visit them the most…..but have never made it to the liberty science center. Would love to be able to go!!!


  3. I usually always love living in Manhattan. But when I’m feeling cramped, I do daydream about New Jersey and the SPACE. So, NJ makes my daydreams happy! We would love to explore the Liberty Science Center!


  4. We have been wanting to visit for ages! We love science centers. I love the full service gas stations in New Jersey!


  5. You know it is our family goal to be like you guys, so more science it is. If just for the photo in goggles alone. This looks really fun, thanks for the recommendation!


  6. We have passed by that place so many times in the years that we have lived here, and have never been. Would love to have the chance!free of course!

    Amy shull


  7. Jersey’s where America’s at! My boys would love to go to the science center. Merry Christmas Heiselts!


  8. I think our favorite part of NJ has to be Cape May, but I bet the Liberty Science Center would be a close second!


  9. spending the day in jersey never sounded so good. IN!


  10. I love the unexpected side of New Jersey. Before we moved to Brooklyn, all I had heard of NJ were the common cliches, (we all know them). But after some time in the city, everyone needs a respite from the concrete, noise and buildings. I was pleasantly surprised to find that relief in a beautiful, blossoming, green New Jersey. At times, it provides just the breath of fresh air New Yorkers need, whether we want to admit it or not. That’s what I love about NJ, and I’d love a turn in the Infinity Climber! We’d take the tickets!


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