Last week Lonnie and I took the kids to the Liberty Science located in Jersey City, NJ. There, we had the opportunity to experience the Dora & Diego- Let’s Explore! exhibit presented by the WellPoint Foundation and Bank of America.
The Dora & Diego- Let’s Explore exhibit at the Liberty Science Center takes children on an adventure in exploration and learning! The interactive exhibit features the adored characters from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! which include not only Dora and Diego, but their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and Swiper, too!
This exhibit was created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon and gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego. Some of your preschooler’s favorite friends and places from Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit. Preschoolers can play along on an adventure and the exhibit gives children the opportunity to learn how to solve problems, care for animals and the environment. As you walk around the exhibit, you’ll see that Spanish vocabulary is also incorporated to help introduce Spanish-speaking skills to little ones. In some areas, parents are prompted as seen in the picture below.
Before heading out on our adventure, We were treated to a fabulous breakfast and picked up our backpacks which included some exploration materials like a map! Once E had her map in hand, We were off to explore the different areas of the exhibit!
The Purple Planet
Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots where little ones can climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.
Preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home. There are fun activities aboard the ship such as puzzles and more!
On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation.
Isa’s Flowery Garden
This was one of both E and Aric’s favorite places in the exhibit. That’s right, even baby Aric got in on the fun!
In this area Preschoolers can tour Isa’s Garden to pick flowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings!
Tico’s Tree and Car
Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic! Your child can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket.
Little ones can also help Tico fill up his car with nuts for his journey.
In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew. Kids can dress up like pirates pretend to sail the ship, raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, and look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest! and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.
Animal Rescue Center
This was one of E’s favorite areas to visit, learn and play in. In Diego’s Animal Rescue Center, Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer just like Diego! There is a scanner bed where children can diagnose and address an animal’s problem plus bandage and apply cold packs at the First-Aid Station. E liked being able to bathe and dry the animals at the Care Station.
Active play is encouraged and preschoolers can explore a rainforest to locate and learn about rainforest animals. E had fun swinging across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawling through a fallen tree, and climbing across Jaguar Mountain!
There were a ton of opportunities for learning and fun throughout the exhibit. We had such a great time visiting Dora & Diego- Let’s Explore! and and all the other exhibits we were able to get to experience during our trip.
Another exhibit that we all really enjoyed as a family was the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition gallery which is located right next to Dora & Diego- Let’s Explore! on the fourth floor. I thought Elise at age four would be disinterested in the exhibit but boy, was I wrong! She had so many questions about the Titanic and how they recovered some of the artifacts. It was really fun to get to experience this with her.
Lonnie and Elise all had the pleasure of checking out the Nikola Tesla Lightning Show which uses twin solid-state, one-million-volt Tesla coils that produce bursts of musical lightning.It’s a free show but tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis so I recommend getting yours while you can!
Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! will be open through January 24, 2016, at Liberty Science Center. For more information and to learn more about the Dora & Diego- Let’s Explore exhibit, please visit the Liberty Science Center website.
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About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than half a million students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s offsite and online programs. LSC is the most visited museum in New Jersey and the largest interactive science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area.
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