New York Hall of Science Unveils Largest U.S. Science Playground
Queens, N.Y. – Go down a rabbit hole into a wonderland unlike any other when the New York Hall of Science unveils a 30,000-square-foot preschool addition to the Science Playground on June 23. Shelter, mirrors, sand and music are just some of the new paths to discovery that visitors can choose from in the expanded exhibition.
“This rich and playful new addition will serve NYSCI's increasing number of family visitors with preschool-age children,” said Hall President & CEO Marilyn Hoyt. “Children of all ages can have fun while learning fundamental science that will serve them well as they grow into their school years through interactive experiences in the expanded Science Playground.”
Led by BKSK Architects, the $2.7 million expansion begins with the notion that all children’s play is learning and invites inquiry through exploration, discovery and hands-on experimentation. Landscape is the organizing element, complimenting the earlier section’s focus on principles of physics. The hills, valleys, shrubs, and deciduous and evergreen planting will become an integral part of the sensory experience.
New exhibit areas include:
Major capital support for this project was provided by the Office of the Queens Borough President, The Honorable Helen M. Marshall through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Kate D. Levin. Construction was managed by the New York City Department of Design and Construction, Commissioner David J. Burney, AIA.
The 2007 season of the Science Playground is presented by Con Edison; promotional partner, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc.