December 8, 2016

NYC--Queens--Corona/Flushing: New York Hall of Science/nysci + GingerBread Lane; things to do


New York Hall of Science/nysci  47-01 111th St., in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  (718) 699-0005.  M-F 9:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10-6.  $15, 62+ $12, 2-17 $12, students $12; free Sun 10-11am and F 2-5 pm; parking $10.  Restaurant. 

Founded during the 1964-65 World’s Fair, this energetic science museum aimed at children has become New York’s center for hands-on, interactive science.  You’ll find more than 450 exhibits here, plus demonstrations and workshops galore.  Adults seem to really enjoy the radar gun that measures how fast you can throw a baseball, while toddlers love Preschool Place--it provides great fun for under 5s.  The innovative outdoor Science Playground (seasonal) is a don’t miss, and 3-D movies provide a nice break (both have separate admission).  When you leave, consider a stop at the park’s Rocket Park Mini Golf (seasonal), kiddie amusement park, or zoo (separate admission). 

exterior of New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
exterior of New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

The seasonal GingerBread Lane event is included with admission.  Both children and adults get excited when they see this gigantic gingerbread village.  Situated on a protected glassed-in ledge around the edge of a bright circular room, it consists of all kinds of buildings and roads.  It takes chef Jon Lovitch a year to design and build it.  He uses only edible ingredients--candy, icing, gingerbread dough--and it weighs more than 1½ tons.  All structures are dismantled and given away at the close of the exhibition.  Related workshops are scheduled.

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC


(If you find yourself stuck at home one snowy winter day, make playdough and construct your own little village.) 


We like tying in a visit here with a meal at Tortilleria & Taqueria Nixtamal


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images ©2016 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


2 comments:

  1. Wow, that gingerbread village is completely over the top! But really the visiting kids should get to eat it! Or make their own...

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    1. The museum does have special gingerbread workshops, and when they dismantle the display at the end anyone there gets to take something home.

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