Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it's listed under "cause of death" and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with today's Groupon to Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get admission for one to all exhibitions, one ticket to the IMAX theater, and one ticket to the 3-D film theater (up to a $24.50 value).
- For $22, you get admission for two to all exhibitions, two tickets to the IMAX theater, and two tickets to the 3-D film theater (up to a $49 value).
- For $39, you get admission for four to all exhibitions, four tickets to the IMAX theater, and four tickets to the 3-D film theater (up to a $98 value).
Renovated in 2007, the nonprofit Liberty Science Center crams noggins with knowledge via live shows, IMAX viewings, and a diverse array of interactive exhibits. Starting Friday, October 7, aspiring mathemagicians can revel in the whimsical atmosphere of the Math Midway, where lasers, square-wheeled tricycles, and other equipment help familiarize children with patterns and numbers. The Touch Tunnel challenges crawlers with a pitch-black labyrinth, prompting visitors to use their nonocular senses and sonar-based superpowers to navigate its twists and turns. Little humans aged 2–5 can guide their adult charges through the I Explore playground, pounding out tunes on the rock xylophone, shepherding spheroids through the two-story ball machine, and chatting about the effects of the automobile on equestrian societies while building a car for the test track. Guests can also check with the welcome desk for the day's schedule of 20-minute Live Science shows, which focus on topics such as medicine and electricity.
Visually stunning and educationally meaty films illuminate the 88-foot domed screen of the IMAX theater, which offers seating for up to 400. Tornado Alley allows viewers to witness the cataclysmic power of an immense tornado, and Hubble explores the celestial landscape without the hassle of g-forces, space suits, or English-to-Vulcan phrasebooks. The center's digital 3-D theater harnesses three of the universe's 12 known dimensions for 20- to 40-minute films such as Waking the T. Rex: The Story of Sue, inspired by the largest tyrannosaurus skeleton ever discovered.
While Liberty Science Center features discounted rates for seniors, teachers, and other groups, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
Liberty Science Center
Inside the pitch-black Touch Tunnel, you're completely blind. On your hands and knees, you crawl forward, relying solely on your other senses to lead you through the darkness. The tunnel is only 80 feet long, but the exit might as well be miles away. After finally emerging safe (and sighted) from the most popular exhibit at Liberty Science Center, a family could still spend four more hours at the many hands-on attractions and experiences designed to enlighten visitors about the power and fun of science.
All told, Liberty Science Center houses a dozen galleries for interactive exploration. Visitors can perform surgery on a 3D robotic simulator; tip-toe across a steel girder hovering 18 feet in the air; or even connect with more than 90 different animals, including giant fish and a family of tamarin monkeys. At I Explore, young scientists ages 2–5 learn about the world around them while launching colorful balls into the air or using a xylophone made of stone slabs. When it's time to relax, the whole family can visit the largest IMAX dome theater in the U.S., which transports onlookers from outer space to the deepest depths of the oceans and just about everywhere in between.