Whether you’re a history buff, a future scientist, a nature enthusiast, a musician, love birds and bugs, or you just want to spend a day inside learning something – there is definitely an interactive experience or amazing exhibit for you to explore. We’re searching near and far for unique attractions that will fascinate you and your kids. Here are some of the cooler ones. Many of these exhibits just opened so don’t miss them before they leave.
Central Park West at 79th St, New York, NY, 212-769-5100
EARTHFLIGHT - Ongoing thru March 8, 2018
Earthflight takes viewers on a virtual flight across the world through the eyes of birds. The film is narrated by Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett. It was filmed in 11 countries and took four years to develop. This film is a must see for nature lovers.
1 Riverside Dr, Camden NJ (Camden County), 844-474-3474
SHARK BRIDGE - Ongoing through 2018
Shark Bridge is an experience like no other. In this exhibit 30 sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks are kept in a 33,000 gallon tank with a suspension bridge hovering over the surface. Visitors who are brave enough, can walk over the bridge and view the sharks in a very unique way. The bridge is 81 feet long and provides a behind the scenes look at the Adventure Aquarium.
4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park NJ (Morris County), 973-966-8000.
ALL NEW EXHIBITS
Ongoing through 2018
Imagine That! Has recently reopened and features new exhibits such as a pirate ship, arts and crafts room and sensory activities. There is a huge Lite Brite wall where children can create beautiful light pictures. All of the original exhibits remain intact. Children will be entertained for hours when they visit this indoor playground and museum.
1761 Route 9, Toms River NJ (Ocean County), 732-349-7090
Ongoing through 2018
Insectropolis is home to a vast array of little creepy crawlers. Featuring a host of many interactive exhibits, visitors will want to begin their journey through Bug City at the University. Learn how scientists classify living things, the characteristics of insects, visit the class pets and more. Once students graduate, they can then move on to explore the rest of this one-of-a-kind museum.
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City NJ (Hudson County), 201-200-1000
THOMAS AND FRIENDS- EXPLORE THE RAILS - Ongoing through May 13, 2018
Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails is great for children as old as 8. The exhibit helps young children practice various skills such as counting, identifying colors and more through play. Older children can learn about basic engineering, science and how engines work. The display takes the visitor into the world of Sudor with Thomas the Tank Engine.
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown NJ (Morris County), 973-971-3700
MUSEUM DETECTIVES: WHAT IS IT? - Through February 18, 2018
Become a detective at the Morris Museum. Visitors will be presented with various objects from the museum. Detectives then try to figure out the origins of the objects. When were they discovered or made? What was it used for? This exhibit will keep everyone on their toes and truly entertained!
205 W State St, Trenton NJ (Mercer County), 609-292-6464
HEARTH AND HOME - Now through September 9, 2018
Learn about the different homes and daily life of native people from North America. The exhibit takes place during the 1930s and features real artifacts. Visitors will be taken into the Native American experience and learn about their culture, traditions, family life and how they adapted to the changing world around them.
49 Washington St, Newark NJ (Essex County), 973-596-6550
DYNAMIC EARTH: REVEALING NATURE’S SECRETS - Ongoing through 2018
The interactive exhibit covers topics such as earthquakes, bird migration, rain forest exploration, volcanoes and so much more. Various hands on displays show how the Earth and all of the species that inhabit it, evolved. The exhibit makes visitors feel completely immersed in the transformation of our world over the years with many activities including video games and a walk through cave.
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, 215-581-3181
SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE SUPER-DUPER EXHIBIT - February 3 through May 6, 2018
Sid the Science Kid is brought to life at the Please Touch Museum. Children can explore Sid’s house, school and playground where they experience science through Sid’s eyes. The Super Fab Lab at Sid’s school is an exciting place for children to learn and discover more about science. This interactive exhibit is sure to please every science lover.
165 Mulberry St, Newark NJ (Essex County), 973-757-6500
MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC AT ROLAND LIVE - Ongoing through 2018
The Grammy Museum is full of music related interactive exhibits. Make Your Own Music gives visitors the chance to experience the music making process through the eyes and ears of the performer.
120 W Main St, Tuckerton NJ (Ocean County), 609-296-8868
TUCKER’S ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE - Ongoing through 2018
The Tucker’s Island Lighthouse is a reproduction of the original lighthouse of 1868. The lighthouse has photos, shipwreck stories, beautiful views and even a huge Tuckerton Railroad model train exhibit.