Through dozens of playground elements like slides, seesaws, sand pits, and fog machines, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind and water.
$4 per person plus general NYSCI admission
$3 for groups (reservations) plus general NYSCI admission
Chaperones: 1 free with 5 children
Members: Free for NYSCI Premium, Family Plus, Extended Family and Donor members
Session Length: 45 minutes
Open weather permitting. Contact NYSCI at 718-699-0005 ext. 365 before visiting for information regarding weather-related Science Playground closings.
Science Playground hours:
March 26 – 31: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Weekends 10 am – 6 pm
April – June: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm; Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Weekends 10 am – 6 pm
July & August: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Weekends, 10 am – 6 pm
September – December: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm; Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Weekends 10 am – 6 pm
The New York Hall of Science unveiled its outdoor Science Playground in 1997 to help the public experience aspects of science and technology through their entire bodies and five senses. This section offers visitors some larger than life experiences, like the a giant spider web to climb and a set of massive musical instruments.
In 2007, NYSCI doubled the size of the popular outdoor Science Playground with 30,000 square feet of exhibits designed for children ages 6 and younger. This section lets NYSCI's younger visitors and their chaperones play in big sand pits and explore a winding path through big trees and a fog machine.
Designed by NYSCI staff and a team led by BKSK Architects, the 60,000 square-foot Science Playground includes over two-dozen playground elements, an outdoor dining area, landscaped trees and flowers, and a colorful, inviting environment.