It’s February break in New York and bitterly cold. I always try to fill our vacation weeks with interesting activities so we use our time wisely. Of course, I combine the time with lots of down time, as well, at home watching movies and playing with toys that have long been forgotten.
So, on Monday, feeling ambitious and not yet burnt out from having them home all week (which I am now!), I decided to take the kids on a field trip to the Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens. It’s a short drive from Westchester, only about a half an hour.
It wasn’t our first trip there. We have a membership to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum which gives us reciprocal membership so we’ve taken advantage of this perk before. Plus, I’m a big fan of Queens and Brooklyn and like to get out and explore all that New York has to offer. In addition, my son is really into space, the stars and rocket ships right now, so this was really the perfect venue for him. If you think your child is a budding scientist, this is the place for you…and him/her. There’s a lot to learn here about biology, physics and chemistry, presented in a way that speaks to pre-schoolers.
The kids went from one cool scientific station to another. It’s all very interactive and a great way to spend a cold afternoon. There’s a sports area upstairs that’s a good place for them to burn up un-used energy. We took a break in the library and read and colored (actually, I needed a rest!).
Some budgetary tips for you when you go:
1. Park your car outside the premises. Parking is $10 per car and very unneccessary as you can easily park on the surrounding streets. I have never paid to park.
2. Look for discounts on tickets before you go – they do have free summer entrances, but check their site regardless of time of year. The museum charges $11 per adult and $8 per child.