New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona
Originally founded as part of the 1964 World’s Fair, the museum closed for renovation 15 years later and reopened in 1986. The museum—which focuses on education for children between the ages of 1 and 17—includes a permanent collection and a variety of traveling exhibitions.
Permanent exhibitions at the museum include Gingerbread Lane, a seasonal display of handmade gingerbread villages that requires nine months and 1,500 hours to complete, as well as Hidden Kingdoms: The World of Microbes, an amateur radio station and Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond, which is a kinetic and static exhibition of mathematical concepts.
The museum has a 30,000-square-foot outdoor science playground that includes slides, seesaws, sand pits and fog machines that enable children to explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound and sight. And its Rocket Park exhibit allows visitors to explore some of the rockets and spacecraft that were involved in the space race.
The hall of science also has a 3D theater and offers programs throughout the year, such as a LEGO Brickfest, summer innovation camps, family game nights, classes focusing on block printing and Playdough robots and astronomy workshops.