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The kids loved exploring Art Tech last week – a pop up event of kid art and technology activities that they could explore.  For some reason the ‘large ball pit’ is so much more challenging than little balls.  I love how hands-on everything was … making cars in the ‘Velocity’ learning zone, racing them down various tracks, building structures with gears and brackets, and a wall that had pivoting tiles that react to your shadow.  Tomorrow is the last day to try this out so check it out while you can!

http://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/events/artech-adventures-art-technology/

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Ahhhh New York Hall of Science, you never cease to amaze us with your improvements and very cool exhibits for kids. We loved the very interactive Connected Worlds and hope to find it exhibited somewhere else soon! By moving electronic logs we could shift the water flow, and waving our arms about made things grow and move. Check out this amazing video to see it all in motion:

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We went back here for the first time in a while and were pleasantly surprised by the new exhibit in the lower level. It’s a permanent set up with a ‘pirate ship’ of sorts in the center – kids can climb on this and meanwhile the 4 stations below allow kids to explore with science crafts. There is a station where kids create a city with LED light inventions that they come up with, and another station where they can build a ‘survival pack’ and parachute if off of the overhang from the ‘pirate ship’ (or is it a tree house? It’s whatever you want it to be!) I wish Ezra’s science classes at school could be so creative. Zoe created paper puppets at the ‘light play’ station, and of course Ezra was back to building structures —

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Now that we are back to the snowy grind of NYC, we find ourselves trying to find things to do indoors again. The New York Hall of Science has an Eco House exhibit out in their parking lot that supplied lots of info on how to save energy in your home. And a Summer Camp Fair in the lower level was already getting us excited for warmer weather. Of course Zoe cannot resist a face painting (or wearing her princess dress out for a museum day) and Ezra LOVES building with dowels. The boy will make you a bridge if you ask him to…

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While at the NY Hall of Science we saw the Tony Hawk Rad Science show on the science of skateboarding. Kids got to learn about balance and gravity while playing with interactive exhibits. Of course Ezra loved the video games most, and his friend Nael wore his ‘pillow case cape’ in case he needed any extra ‘air’ while exploring — meanwhile Zoe was obsessed with ramps!

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Zoe inspects the ramps

Zoe inspects the ramps

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We were making robots at the New York Hall of Science last weekend. Who knew you could do so much with aluminum foil, coffee filters and slinkies? Zoe loved making a fairy princess robot, complete with aluminum foil wings! I was nervous about kids using a hot glue gun but garden gloves really do make it possible ..

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