With Hollywood adapting Isaac Newton's Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica into an action film starring Megan Fox and Burton Gilliam, many are scrambling to brush up on scientific basics before hitting the multiplex. Get a leg up on learning with today's Groupon, which gets you a weekend pass to the World Maker Faire festival on September 25–26 at the New York Hall of Science. Choose one of the following Groupons:
- For $25, you get one adult weekend pass (a $50 value)
- For $20, you get one senior weekend pass (ages 62 and up, a $40 value)
- For $15, you get one student weekend pass (with I.D., a $30 value)
- For $10, you get one youth weekend pass (ages 2–17, a $20 value)
The World Maker Faire gathers proudly geeky hobbyists, engaging scientists, and energetic contraption enthusiasts for a two-day cavalcade of robotic oddities, goofy gadgets, and family-friendly science games. Several zany DIY projects will be on display for your microscopic inspection and hands-on testing, such as Eepybird’s Coke Zero and Mentos, the Madagascar Institute's carnival rides, a technology fashion show, and more than 400 artists and crafters. Children will be enthralled to find a life-sized version of the board game Mouse Trap, and arts-and-crafts enthusiasts will enjoy the Craftacular, sponsored by BUST. Tech-heads can roam and/or teleport from one inspired exhibit to the next as they revel in Tesla coils, amateur rockets, and more.
In addition to the imaginative nuts-and-bolts experiments and activities, the World Maker Faire offers workshops, healthy eating options, and many more surprises that are sure to tickle your inner Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Put on your best protractor-shaped tie and ride your Doritos-powered washing machine to the World Maker Faire with today's Groupon.
The New York Hall of Science is a New York magazine Critics' Pick and a Frommer's Highly Recommended Destination, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect named it the Best Museum for Big Kids in 2008. The World Maker Faire has more than 1,000 Facebook fans and the Queens Ledger featured it.
New York Hall of Science
Reflecting the diverse scope and scale of science itself, the exhibits at the New York Hall of Science range from massive NASA rockets to holographic depictions of the infinitesimal atom. Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair to showcase technological advancements, the center has since transformed into an interactive museum and leading innovator in exhibit technology and educational programming that, since 1986, has seen more than 7 million visitors. Today, more than 450 interactive exhibits, along with 3D movies and live daily demonstrations, invite visitors of all ages to explore the world by watching living microbes thrive and evolve in a miniscule zoo, discovering the powerful mathematics hidden in everyday objects, and testing their understanding of physics in the science playground, along with the mini-golf course inspired by the cosmos. One of the featured programs, Design Lab, consists of five visually and thematically distinct activity areas that evoke a sense of childlike playfulness and imagination. The activities encourage visitors to be creative while experimenting with structures, circuits, and simple materials. The youngest visitors can also enjoy a developmentally-appropriate science education of their own in Preschool Place.