Bug Day, Summer Events & Exhibitions at New York Hall of Science

This summer the New York Hall of Science has lots of exhibits and events to keep your family engaged and learning. If your family are fans of bugs then make sure to stop in for Bug Day!

Bug Day Summer Events & Exhibitions at New York Hall of Science

Bug Day - July 11, 2015; noon – 4 pm

Bug tastings, a carnivorous plant workshop, and of course, live bugs, are all part of the fun at this one-day, annual event. Families can learn about and handle a variety of bugs, including an array of insects and spiders presented by members of the New York City Entomological Society, and NYSCI’s own hissing cockroaches. They can also join a carnivorous plant workshop to learn about plants that eat bugs, meet a local beekeeper, or, if they’re brave enough, eat some bugs and bug-based products. Free with NYSCI admission.

Connected Worlds - Ongoing

Presented in NYSCI’s iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds is a fully immersive, digitally rendered interactive experience where visitors are encouraged to explore the interconnectedness of different environments, learn about the importance of keeping systems in balance, and see how our individual and collective actions can have widespread impact. Through their gestures and movements, visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees, and other objects, and see how human decisions affect the environment. Free with NYSCI admission.

Little Makers: Make it Float, Make it Sink - July 12, 2015; 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tots make a splash as they explore engineering using water. They’ll design and make their own boats to sail on the high seas or in a bathtub. Recommended for children ages 18 months and older. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $5 per family.)

Mini Engineers: Summer Innovation Camp - Grade K: July 13 – 17, 2015; 9 am – noon

Kids engage in hands-on activities and explore museum exhibits in this weeklong summer camp. Students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills as they use their imagination and creativity to redesign and recreate their favorite toys or tools made for play. They will explore how to transform, recycle or reuse everyday materials into new objects. $225 per person. (Members: $200.) Includes a mid-morning snack. Limited capacity; advance registration required. Sign up online at nysci.org/clubs-camps-folio.

Rocket Park Recess - July 17, 24 & 31, 2015; noon – 4 pm
August 7 & 14, 2015; noon – 4 pm

NYSCI offers a series of afternoons with scavenger hunts (with prizes!), demos, information and workshops about making health and fitness easy, fun and delicious. Participants will learn helpful tips for a more healthy life, gain important skills for improving their fitness level, and learn about myths surrounding food and exercise. Each week will feature a special workshop related to healthy eating or movement. Free with NYSCI admission

Summer Author Visit: Carolyn Bennett - July 19, 2015; 1 – 4 pm

Carolyn Bennett, author of Kaleidoscopia, will present her fun book about kaleidoscopes, which includes everything from how they work to how to make them. Carolyn will be available after her talk to sign books and materials will be available for kids to design and experiment. Free with NYSCI admission.

Living in the Age of Airplanes - July 1 – August 31, 2015; Monday – Friday, 1 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 1 pm
September 1 – 6, 2015; Monday – Friday, 1 & 3 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 1 pm

Living in the Age of Airplanes is an immersive film experience from National Geographic Studios. Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, it offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $3 per person; free for Family Explorer members.)

Olympus BioScapes – International Digital Imaging Competition - Through August 31, 2015

Museum-goers can view the winning entries to the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, the world’s foremost forum for showcasing microscope images of life science subjects. The 2014 winning entries reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and developmental biology as documented by researchers. This year’s honored images come from 14 U.S. states and 21 other nations: Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates. Free with NYSCI admission.

Scattered Light - Through September 13, 2015

Scattered Light consists of 528 26-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building. Along with flagging tape, the piece uses paperclips, metal rods and mirror balls, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit. Free with NYSCI admission.

Science Playground - Through November 30, 2015, weather permitting. Open daily during regular NYSCI hours

The nation’s largest science playground features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages. Slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors, sand boxes and more allow kids to explore science by playing. $5 per person, plus general NYSCI admission.

Rocket Park Mini Golf - Through November 30, 2015, weather permitting. Weekends, 10 am – 6 pm

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more. $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, plus general NYSCI admission.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368

Adults (ages 18 & older): $15
Children (ages 3 – 17): $12
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Students (with college ID): $12
Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $12
Free general admission is offered on Fridays from 2–5 pm and Sundays from 10–11 am.

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