New York’s American Museum of Natural History was already a kid-pleaser, but the opening of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation on Feb. 17 gives family travelers another reason to visit the city. In this new 230,000-square-foot center, kids can travel throughout the world of science, exploring everything from DNA to leafcutter ants.
Floor-to-ceiling exhibits include the immersive Invisible Worlds experience, combining science and art in wall-high projections to look inside the human brain, explore the ocean depth and examine a strand of DNA. The new center will hold more than 4 million specimens and artifacts in the museum’s scientific collections. Three floors of exhibits show how these artifacts reveal more about nature and world cultures, as well as how all life is connected.
While these collections are static, kids will find more activity in the vivarium, where 60 species of colorful butterflies fly free. In the insectarium, kids can eavesdrop on insects living across the street in Central Park. A transparent sky bridge leads to views of the country’s largest colony of leafcutter ants.
Along with these permanent exhibits, families will also want to visit the museum’s current special exhibition on sharks, where touch-free interactive exhibits accompany dozens of life-sized shark models, some as long as 33 feet. That exhibition remains open until Dec. 1.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through these pies from around the world, and maybe you’ll be inspired to take that next trip for a delicious slice.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.