Thank you to my writer, Kerry for attending on behalf on Raising 3 Savvy Ladies.
Recently, I had an opportunity to visit the Liberty Science Center for a meet and greet with Melissa Gorga from the Real Housewives of New Jersey and an opportunity to check out the new Infinity Climber. A visit to the Liberty Science is always a special treat for my son and he and my nieces were excited to have an opportunity to try out the Infinity Climber.
The “Infinity Climber” is a free-form, three dimensional, multi-story climbing structure created for children. Designed by Spencer Luckey, the sculpture is made out of bent plywood platforms that are suspended by steel pipes and cables. Located in the large atrium of the Liberty Science Center, visitors have the opportunity to climb, crawl, and balance through this extraordinary experience in a safe, but physically challenging environment designed to promote sensorimotor learning.
We checked in a bit early and were given our wristbands for the events. While we were waiting for the event to begin, we were able to wander around the museum and visit some of the exhibitions. The Science Center is hosting a Rubik’s Cube exhibit and a table was setup in the lobby where the kids were able to play with some Rubik’s Cube pieces. We also visited some robotic surgery machinery and watched a video about how doctors now use robots to perform surgery on patients. There was an interactive portion to this exhibit where the kids were able to put on special 3D glasses and manipulate the robot to simulate surgery.
We then went upstairs to the room where the event was to take place. We had a lovely lunch and then were treated to special interactive stations in the presentation room. The children were able to make snow! They put on lab coats and goggles and mixed chemicals in test tubes. Then, viola, snow!
One of the scientists then brought a selection of animals for the children to meet and learn about. They saw a bearded dragon, tarantula, a hissing cockroach and some others. The children were excited to ask questions about the animals and get a chance to touch them. I was so impressed by the intelligent questions the children asked and how gentle they were with the animals.
The last demonstration used dry ice. Again, the children, regardless of their age, were so engaged in what was happening. Smoke always helps to hold their attention! Again, the children asked and answered so many great question.
Next, it was time to go with Melissa and her children and have an opportunity to try out the new Infinity Climber. We were escorted to the Infinity Climber which holds a place of prominence in the museum. The Infinity Climber is a suspended multi-story place space. It allows both adults and children alike to climb, crawl and balance as they move along 64 petal-like platforms. At its peak, climbers are suspended 25 feet above the atrium floor. After Melissa and her children did some exploring, the rest of the group was invited to join the fun. Kids and adults alike climbed up, down and around the structure. Melissa wore a body camera to capture the climbers in action! Everyone seemed to have a great time climbing. I had a hard time getting my son and nieces to exit the climber. Everytime I thought they were heading for the exit, they changed directions and went for another climb. The Infinity Climber is truly a 21st Century play experience. The great part is that every experience is different and allows climbers to use their imagination and blaze their own path.
After our climbing adventure, we went back to the presentation room, where Melissa posed for photos and thanked us all for visiting the Liberty Science Center and taking the opportunity to experience the Infinity Climber with her family.
A great time was had by all.