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The Science Playground, which is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, was previously only accessible for children over six years but is now for the first time available for children of all ages. With more than 200 hands-on indoor exhibits, the Science Playground introduces elements that encourage active participation. Parents and children of all ages and abilities can steer, yank and crank, use their own weight, reflexes and imagination to explore how things work while focusing on principles of the physical and the mechanized world.

The Science Playground is open May 10 - Dec. 31. Water exhibits do not operate in December. Fee: $3 per person plus general admission; free to hall members at the Family Plus and higher membership levels.

BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head

Did you know that your brain is the most complex structure in the universe? Did you also know that your brain makes up only 2 percent of your body’s weight but uses 20 percent of your body’s fuel? This is your opportunity to learn more about your most essential body part.

The New York Hall of Science will host “BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head,” a traveling exhibition that provides a hands-on and up-close look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ by exploring its development, geography and function. In the process, the exhibition makes brain-related disorders easier to understand. The exhibit opens May 31 and will run through Aug. 31.

Visitors will bring the central focus of this exhibition with them when they visit, because this is all about the human mind.

“BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head‚ is an interactive exhibit,” said New York Hall of Science Director Alan Friedman. “You’ll be able to explore the most complex organ on the planet — your own brain. We are delighted to have this state-of-the-art exhibit at the Hall this summer.”

“BRAIN” is made possible by Pfizer Inc. and was produced by Clear Channel Entertainment of San Antonio, Texas, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. Using virtual reality, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays shows how the brain functions and how, like other parts of the body, it can sometimes malfunction.

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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