world science fair

June 7, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc











There’s a festival for everything now, haven’t you heard? Apparently the World Science Festival has been happening for 5 years in NYC now and it’s a 5 day event across multiple locations, but this was the first I ever heard about it, maybe because for years we were so focused on activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Now that both girls are firmly school age, I’ve been zoning in on events in the city that are more age-appropriate for them and whoa, there’s a world of cool stuff out there. As a bonus for us, it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than singing Wheels on the Bus and clapping our hands. I do have to say that with 2 kids ages 2.5 years apart, we do sometimes straddle between 2 age groups and that can be tricky sometimes to maneuver. Mia, for example, is now too old and tall to go to Ikea’s Small Land (or I guess it’s Småland) as we unexpectedly discovered the last time we were at Ikea a few months ago. We’re definitely moving into new territory here as parents of school age, pre-tween twids (the girls have taken the liberty of coining a new term for themselves because they aren’t tweens yet, so they call themselves twids as the label before tweens – marketing people, listen up).


We attended the outdoor street fair portion around Washington Square Park on Sunday and despite the heat that day, it was packed. The festival is organized into various areas like the Climate Corner, Innovation Alley, Robotics, Biology Block etc. and there are plenty of hands on activities for kids of all ages. Some of our favorites were designing our own scent from the International Flavors and Fragrances Smell Lab and learning about how top, middle and base notes work in a scent. The girls also mixed vinegar with baking soda, like the kind of mixture you make for a fake volcano erupt (I can’t think about volcano models without associating it with this scene from the Brady Bunch, btw) and discovered what happens when you mix Sodium bicarbonate with water (looks like snow!).

The Science Fair Festival was one of the more fun festivals we’ve been to if you don’t mind the crowds (I guess we aren’t deterred from crowds too much since we live in the city and all). It happens every year and we’re looking forward to checking our some more events happening around the city next year.

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  • Abby June 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    My daughter’s almost 2, so we’ll be firmly in toddler activity land for a while still, but looking at these activities, and how completely and obviously the girls are enjoying themselves makes me SO excited for the future. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

  • Christina June 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    How do you always find out about these fun events? I live in New York and usually find out after the fact (from your great posts) about everything I’m missing. Do you have a website or magazine that lists all kids activities in the city?

    • Jenna June 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      No special magazine or website. Just the usual suspects like Time Out. This site is also good for finding things to do

  • Joy June 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I love the photo of the girls pouring the green & blue stuff… their fingers look so graceful!

    • Jenna June 11, 2013 at 1:33 am

      nice. you’re right, the fingers are lovely.

  • Tina June 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    My kids would so love this but( sigh), we don’t live in NYC. 🙁