THE NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE NAMED NYC & COMPANY CULTURE SPOT FOR JULY

Museum Offers One Free Child Admission with the Purchase of an Adult Admission

New York, NY (June 27, 2011) — For a limited time only, the New York Hall of Science is offering discount admission to its special exhibitions and summer programs. Experience the thrills of Circus! Science Under the Big Top, a brand-new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science that invites visitors to uncover the secrets and science of aerial acrobatics, human cannonballs, sword swallowers and more. Guests of all ages can test their balance as they tiptoe along the tightrope, marvel at the wonder of magicians and get jazzed by juggling.

NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing and tourism organization, has named the New York Hall of Science the Culture Spot for July. As part of this designation, visitors can receive one free child admission with the purchase of an adult admission.

This offer can be redeemed with a discount coupon available at the Official NYC Information Centers in Midtown, Times Square and Harlem, at the Official NYC Information Kiosks in Chinatown and at City Hall, and online at nycgo.com/culturespot from July 1 through July 31, 2011. Additional details about the special offer and the New York Hall of Science’s schedule will be available at nycgo.com/culturespot beginning July 1. The offer is subject to availability and may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion.

New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, the New York Hall of Science engages science enthusiasts of every age with an innovative and stimulating experience, including interactive exhibits on celestial mechanics, mathematics, microbes, the human body and the environment.

Located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, at 111th Street, the New York Hall of Science features more than 450 exhibits, workshops and special events. Visitors can try their hand at Rocket Park Mini Golf, the world’s only miniature golf course themed around the science of space flight, and discover Science Playground’s more than 60,000 square feet of outdoor exhibits that explore the scientific principles of motion, balance and simple machines.

“We are excited that NYC & Company has named us Culture Spot of the Month,” said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. “We encourage everyone to visit NYSCI and discover the fun of science through our hands-on exhibits. Whether you want to walk a tightrope, clock the speed of your fastball or race your friend down a slide, at NYSCI you’ll discover that science isn’t something you need to learn, it’s something you’ll love to explore.”

“NYC & Company is proud to recognize this Queens cultural gem—unparalleled in the world of science—as our July Culture Spot. We invite everyone to take advantage of the special opportunity to get involved in all of the unique programming and to enjoy all that the New York Hall of Science has to offer,” said Annie Bergen of the NYC & Company Foundation. “From the mysteries of outer space to the wonderful world of mathematics, the interactive exhibits and programs at the New York Hall of Science will challenge and inspire each and every visitor.”

During July, the New York Hall of Science presents additional enlightening screenings and programs for the whole family:

Circus Workshop (July 2–3, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm)
Teachers from Cirque du Jour help visitors develop their circus skills. The 45-minute workshop includes lessons in plate spinning, scarf juggling, and peacock-feather balancing. $4 per person, plus NYSCI admission

Underwater Puppet Show (weekends, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 5:15pm)
Visitors can learn about river and sea life through two water-themed puppet shows.

Screenings on Sports and the Human Body (weekends, 2pm and 3pm)
Two videos on sports and the human body explore how muscles, anatomical systems, the mind and emotions work together.

Dragon Boat Family Day (July 16)
During this one-day event, visitors can learn about dragon boats and then test their strength, race on rowing machines and admire the 40-foot-long dragon boat on display.

Maker Days (July 23–24)
Visitors can tinker, design and create at these special summer weekend programs, featuring do-it-yourself projects, design-based challenges, cool tools, local makers and activities for the entire family. Maker Days set the stage for the second annual World Maker Faire, returning to NYSCI on September 17 and 18.

Circus Warehouse Performance (July 30–31, two shows daily)
After an amazing display of aerial acrobatics, professionals from Circus Warehouse, New York City’s training center for circus stars, will teach the audience some circus tricks they can do themselves! $5 per person, plus NYSCI admission

About the New York Hall of Science: Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City’s hands-on science and technology center. Since 1986, NYSCI has served more than 7 million children, parents and teachers. NYSCI’s mission is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. NYSCI features the largest collections of hands-on science exhibits in New York City. Visitors of all ages can explore more than 450 interactive exhibits.

Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9:30am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–6pm Suggested Admission: $11; children (2–17), seniors and students with ID, $8; adult and child members, free. Additional charges apply for Science Playground and Rocket Park Mini Golf. Location: 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens. Directions: Subway: 7 to 111th St. Bus: Q23 or Q58 to Corona Ave. and 108th St., Q48 to Roosevelt Ave. and 111th St. Please visit tripplanner.mta.info for a custom itinerary with the most updated travel information. For more information, call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

Produced by the NYC & Company Foundation, the Culture Spot program promotes cultural tourism in all five boroughs. By spotlighting a different arts organization each month, the program encourages visitors to discover the cultural opportunities available throughout New York City. For more information, visit nycgo.com/culturespot .

About NYC & Company: NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.

The NYC & Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization whose mission is to support tourism to New York City by promoting the arts and cultural organizations that make visiting New York City a special and exciting experience. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has focused on educating domestic and international audiences about the vibrant and diverse cultural community throughout New York City.

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