Watch: Put popular myths to the test at Liberty Science Center’s Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition

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Liberty Science Center’s Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, the Jersey City interactive science museum and learning center’s newest exhibit, is officially open. In this fully interactive exhibit, you can put can put some popular myths to the test, just like Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, and the rest of the team from the long-running MythBusters TV show. Mythbusters is based on the process of discovery used by researchers around the world called the “scientific method.” They start with a question and idea about what they will discover (the hypothesis), then scientists figure out how to test it, design trials, then run them to see what happens.

In the exhibition, guests use pre-built experiments from the TV show to bust new myths as well as some iconic favorites. I had the privilege of checking out this one-of-a-kind exhibit to test some popular myths for myself, as well as chat with Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman. Watch below or read on to learn more about my amazing experience at the traveling exhibit’s northeast premiere.

Paul tells me this new exhibit, which was designed to replicate the show’s workshop complete with real props and gadgets from the TV show, aligns perfectly with Liberty Science Center’s mission to get learners of all ages excited about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology, in a completely hands-on environment.

“It’s taking myths, things that people think are true, and using science to show that they’re not, or in some cases they are true,” he says. “What we do at Liberty Science Center, and why we’re called a science center and not a museum, because everything here is hands on. It’s a playground for the mind and the imagination.”

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Here I am with CEO Paul Hoffman

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After chatting with Paul, Liberty Science Center’s Fred Hartmann gave me a tour of the exhibit. We tested out some popular myths, like trying to pull the cloth off a set table while leaving the dishes intact. It is based off of Newton’s first law which is all about inertia. When you pull the table cloth out, you are going to create friction. If the friction is not enough of a force to overcome that inertia, the dishes will stay in place. I am happy to report that this myth is indeed true! I was able to pull out the table cloth while leaving the dishes intact.

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Trying to pull the cloth off a set table while leaving the dishes intact

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Next we got to try out their live show where participants can test to see if they are able to dodge a paintball. After you suit up (don’t worry, you are fully protected), paintballs are fired at you from different distance, almost on a delay, to see if you can jump out of the way, given enough time. And after two tries, yes we were able to do it!

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Seeing if we can dodge a bullet (aka a paintball)

Other popular myths you can put to the test include seeing whether toast always falls butter-side down, determining whether you get wetter running versus walking through phosphorescent rain showers, and finding out how long you can hang from a window ledge or cliff, as so many movie stars have done over the years. After completing the experiments, you can add your own data to the list compiled by everyone else who has visited.

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Seeing how long I can hang off “the edge of a cliff”

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I truly had a blast testing out all of these popular myths, and was totally surprised by what we discovered after trying each one out. I highly recommend checking out this fantastic exhibit and busting some myths for yourself. Whether you fly solo, plan a trip with a group of friends, or bring the kids, you will truly have the most incredible time. The exhibit runs through September 4th, but trust me, you will want to get there much sooner.

Red Bank: Perfect weekend fun for everyone in the family

If you are from New Jersey, you may have heard about Red Bank. It is nestled in Monmouth County, along the Navesink River. But if I am being truly honest, I have to admit (with embarrassment) that up until two weeks ago, I had never been to the super quaint town. I am so happy that I was able to visit not once, but twice, this month, and now I get to share it with you all.

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A Time to Kiln is a super cute pottery and crafts spot in the middle of downtown Red Bank.

The kids had so much fun at A Time to Kiln painting pottery pieces and learning all about the process.

Being a mom is not easy and if you are from the East Coast you know all about cabin fever during our long winters. Having a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old can get pretty tricky when it comes to entertainment around here. If you’re stumped on what to do with the kids here in New Jersey, I want to help you find things to do in our area. Let me share my experience in Red Bank.

At A Time to Kiln, not only are you making some fun memories, but you also get to keep these little treasures for years to come.

First things first, there are so many things to do and downtown Red Bank is really eye-pleasing. From dining to entertainment and simply walking around Broad Street, I guarantee you can spend an entire day there having fun with kids or adults. There are some amazing shops and restaurants. On our first visit to Red Bank, we had the pleasure of going to A Time to Kiln; a super cute pottery and crafts spot in the middle of downtown Red Bank. We got to choose a couple of adorable pieces and the kids had so much fun painting them and learning all about the pottery process. Wendy was amazing and so sweet to the kids. They even painted a beautiful vase for me and that is what I loved most about A Time to Kiln, that not only are you making some fun memories but you get to keep these little treasures for years to come. If you are looking for something to do with the kids (or planning a party!) in New Jersey, I totally recommend A Time to Kiln for some fun all year-round.

Whether planning a party or a children’s activity in New Jersey, I totally recommend A Time to Kiln for some fun all year-round.

After painting, we walked around browsing through the cute boutiques and just taking in the adorable downtown views. There were so many great stores, galleries, hair salons and restaurants and the fact that it was about 68 degrees in February was pure perfection for a Saturday afternoon in New Jersey. Next time you plan a day trip or outing, head over to Red Bank for some fun for the entire family.

Yestercades offers a full video game experience that will take you back to your childhood!

After our experience in A Time to Kiln, I was eager to head back to pick up our pottery pieces (it takes one week after the oven process and related details are complete), so we made the best of the day and also enjoyed some throwback fun by stopping by Yestercades. So OK: Imagine a full video game experience that will take you back to your childhood! I am talking Sega Genesis, Nintendo, Atari!! And a full lineup of arcade games; including of course, the legend himself: Pacman!

My 5-year-old son and his friends had a blast at Yestercades playing arcade games, foosball and air hockey.

My 5-year-old son got to bring a couple of his friends and the kids had a blast. I loved watching them play arcade games. They also enjoyed air hockey and foosball. If you are looking for a cool gaming spot, check out Yestercades. You can also host your kids’ parties and I would say maybe even an adult party, why not? I know my husband and his best friend truly enjoyed themselves and the games took them back to their earlier years. It’s such a cool and different spot. And I think it’s a great way to bond with the kids while sharing your memories about the games.

Yestercades serves throwback fun featuring Sega Genesis, Nintendo, Atari and a full lineup of arcade games including the legend himself: Pacman!

Next time you are wondering what to do in New Jersey, I would recommend visiting Red Bank. You have a variety of things to do with the kids, for adults and for the entire family. I researched the restaurants a little and the reviews are great. I can’t wait to visit again soon. I’ve already told my husband we have to come back and enjoy a date night at one of the outdoor restaurant as soon as the temps get warmer.

Yestercades is such a cool and different spot. I know my husband and his best friend truly enjoyed themselves and the games took them back to their earlier years.