We recently visited the Sesame Street Presents: My Body exhibit at the Liberty Science Center. I was concerned that my children were too old to really enjoy the exhibit, but that worry dissolved as soon as we saw the active and truly interesting displays. Divided into three main areas, the stations all focus on learning about the body and staying healthy.
Your Insides was informative and fun, and as with some details about our innards, sometimes gross. The Count’s “organ” created musical lessons about internal organs and what they do, Oscar’s digestion stations made sure kids know what organs do to food, as well as what food looks like traveling through (and leaving!) the body, and Oscar’s Sneeze Machine actually sneezes on you (no mucus involved). This was an area we spent a lot of time enjoying. My six-year old especially loved the “poo machine” that made her both giggle and ask questions.
Your Outsides included some great nods to vintage Sesame Street as it focused on body parts like the hands, legs and feet, and the head. Our favorite was the “Your Wonderful Hands” exhibit that included a hot/cold touch section, sign language, shadow puppets, and a great magnification station for checking out your fingerprints.
In the Staying Healthy area, kids learned about different everyday activities and why they are important. Hand washing, physical activity, and eating healthy were all included. A favorite was “Rosita’s Locomotion” that allowed children to try out different ways to exercise. Walking/Running, a wheelchair, and a rowing machine allowed kids to track how fast and how far they could get in a certain amount of time. This was my 8-year old’s favorite activity.
The My Body exhibits are spread out over two main areas on the same floor, and even though we went on a Saturday afternoon, they didn’t feel overly crowded. We easily spent two hours exploring, and that was with older than Sesame Street demographic age. With younger children, the exhibits alone could be a fantastic day spent having fun and learning about the body – everyone can appreciate. For an extra thrill, check out dates for Elmo visits here. The exhibit will be as the Liberty Science Center until May 3, 2015.
The popular Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibit is closing soon, so make sure to check that out, if you haven’t already. We have a review here.
The Liberty Science Center also has many on-going exhibitions that entertain and educate children of all ages with hands-on activities that focus on science and math. The infinity climber is open to children (and adults!) at least 42-inches tall, and the Infection Connection and Touch Tunnel are perennial favorites. In pleasant weather (starting in June), don’t forget to get outside to the Wildlife Challenge!