Space Age Appropriate: Science Museums for Kids in NYC
by Alyssa Grossman, 03/27/2012 [Updated 05/06/2015]
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American Museum of Natural History
If your kids think they already know everything about space, head over to the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium for Dark Universe. The latest space show takes families on a journey that reveals questions about the cosmos. The program begins in the solar system we already know and then takes audience members to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California to discover the work of Edwin Hubble, known for his groundbreaking findings on the universe and the Big Bang. Famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson provides narration, exploring the latest issues in planetary science, including the mystery of dark matter.
Visitors can also soak up some knowledge at the museum's once-a-month family series (which goes on hiatus during the summer months). The program has an alternating roster of topics geared toward ages 4 through 11, and space is often the theme. Go beyond the Big Dipper and discover other constellations or hear about the myths and tales inspired by shapes in the night sky.