I Play, You Play, we can all still play at iPlay!

We visited iPlay America yesterday and I wanted to recap how they’re doing when it comes to COVID-19 safety in 2021. They had hand sanitizing stations, signs on the walls about social distancing, and designated spots on the floor to keep the lines in order.

Everyone has been itching to get back some normalcy, and in mid-Winter this definitely brought alittle fun into our weekend! I was surprised to see quite a few birthday parties going on during our visit too, so if you’re wanting to host a birthday party soon, this may be your place.

You can see for yourself it was pretty empty for a Saturday at the time we got there at 2pm. I thought it would still be a bit more crowded than I’d prefer, but it wasn’t at all. There was a very small line to get in and it was distanced properly.

There was a sign in the front stating that all rides may not be operating at the same time due to limited staff, but every ride was operating except for the carousel and the climbing section.

A favorite is always the freedom coaster. It’s a cool indoor spinning coaster that is included in the iRide Plus wrist band package or 14 credits without it.

Being that we had the iRide Plus bands, which I highly recommend by the way, the kids went on this note than anything else. I also went on 2 times until my headache set in from the spinning.

I did notice the staff sanitizing every seat on every ride in between riders which was great. It obviously adds to the wait time, but since it was pretty empty the wait times weren’t long at all.

Like anywhere, there were many people not abiding by the social distance floor markers in line and it didn’t seem to be enforced at all. I guess that’s a risk you’re willing to take if you go out to a kid venue during this since they don’t understand it all too well.

The main area where the social distance lacked the most is the go karts line. Everyone was really on top of eachother even though they did a good job sanitizing each car after riders exited. I guess it’s more the young tweens hovering over eachother.

To ride as a single rider on the go karts you must be 56″ or taller. I believe this is mainly to be able to reach the foot pedals, but honestly I notice many of the kids who are tall enough still struggle with the steering wheel being hard to turn. Even for me it’s a bit tricky. We only rode them once even though the iRide Plus band allows for unlimited, and that’s because they really aren’t all that fun yet for my son. He isn’t able to ride alone, and I feel like for this one the driving is the whole fun part. They don’t go super fast like other go karts, and they are great for the kids but they stop everyone anytime someone crashes so it makes it kind of annoying. You just start getting alittle speed and the stop everyone every 30 seconds it seems due to a crash.

It just leaves much to be desired and I think they can do a better job with this attraction honestly.

The arcade is really fun, and has alot of different style games. You can get an 4 hour unlimited “non-redemption” game pass which is worth it if your kids like to play games like 1st person shooter, or driving/racing games. Anything that gives tickets or prizes isn’t included when you purchase this card, but you can add credits to it for those as well.

My son and I spend a good 20 minutes playing the walking dead game. It was really awesome being able to reload as much as we want and continue on the story when you’d normally need to stop or add more credits.

The virtual reality game(s) aren’t included even though they’re non-redemption. I’m not sure if that’s a glitch or if it’s because they’re newer and a premium type attraction.

All of the boardwalk style food vendors are closed and that was really a bummer. The on site restaurant is amazing and a great break in between games, but it does cut into your time as service takes a while, so it was really nice to have the option to grab quick bites, drinks, and snacks. I’m not really quite sure why they’re still closed, even with COVID indoor dining is allowed to resume in NJ, but maybe it’s the 25 or less people thing. Hopefully soon they’ll reopen but beware, eat before you go out be prepared to dine in there.

They have the stands open although there are only about 4 of them. It makes it feel like you’re down the shore, playing squirter gun & balloon pop games for prizes always makes me happy.

The laser tag and Top Golf Swing Suite is open as well although we didn’t do it this visit.

We stayed until about 530pm at which time the crowd really started to roll in. I’d say the number of people there nearly doubled by the time we were leaving, so if you’re weary of crowds right now, earlier is your best bet.

I love how they still have holiday lights and trees up. It makes it feel so festive and like a happy place!

Over all, we had a great time. The kids had fun, and got out to stretch their legs and be kids. And I got to spend some much needed time being a kid myself riding the rides and playing grab claw games!

Loveinthe.Box – NJ based Photographer with a Unique Style

Based in Bayonne NJ, LOVEINTHE.BOX is the brainchild of a unique photographer, Christie, who loves photographing children and pets in their element.

Hello! Its Christie.

NJ based photographer building the business of my dreams. I specialize in children and pet photography. My love for children and animals is infinite.

I am extremely passionate about my work. My style has been described as creative, natural, vibrant, fun, engaging and relaxed.

Through my lens, i capture special moments with true emotions and translate them into art.

Capturing emotions is one of the most important parts of my work. I feel strongly about making the photographs that i can connect with. I find a reflection of my self in them.

Photography is the love of my life.

i truly look forward to meeting you.

xo, christie.

Now showcasing Valentine’s Day, LOVEINTHE.BOX is a homegrown photography business that caters to all themes. Follow on IG and dm or email to book your session today! Additional info available in photos. Coming to Facebook soon.

 

Book your session today!

Liberty Science Center – The Body Exhibit

Spring Break is fast approaching and if you haven’t made plans with the kids yet, I have just the place!

20150321_145158_wm_wm

I had a chance to check out some of the new exhibits at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City NJ with #JerseyMomsMedia over the weekend. I have been there many times with my boys who are 2 and 7 and every time we go it’s like a brand new experience.

20150321_122923The main focus of the event was the new Sesame Street Presents “The Body” Exhibit. This exhibit is included with purchase to the museum, but hurry, it is only open Jan 24th – May 3rd 2015!

Children can interact with different stations featuring their favorite characters from the TV show. It includes everything you’d expect from Sesame Street that has kids loving to learn. The best part about this exhibit, as with all exhibits at the LSC is that they are learning so much by simply playing.

20150321_132210

The different sections within the exhibit are;20150321_132455

“Your Insides” – This includes Counts Organ Organ which teaches children about their body organs through interactive music including pumping a heart. Digestion with Oscar shows what happens to their food once they eat it (ewwwww I know but they loved it!), and Oscars Sneeze Machine which is a humongous nose that sneezes when irritated.

20150321_134517_wm“Your Outsides” – This includes Your Wonderful Hands which features hands on activities such as puzzles, shadow puppets, and sign language games.Your Legs and Feet is another part of this section and it shows kids what happens when you put your legs in motion! The last part of this section is the Use Your Head area, a play along question and answer show about the parts of the head.

“Staying Healthy” – This was a favorite with my boys. In this section they learn to make smart food choices and get plenty of physical activity and sleep. Ernie and Rubber Ducky get kids started in the “Rub-A-Dub Tub” and children can scan food and learn about healthy meals.

20150321_133544_wmThey get to meet “Goldie” Elmo’s goldfish that is always featured in the how, they can dress Elmo using magnetic parts, and the sections my boys enjoyed the most was the food stations. There is a supermarket and a diner that they were able to shop, and then sell the food at the counter!

After The Body Exhibit, right next door we went to the Beyond the Rubik’s Cube exhibit.

20150321_135651_wm

The LSC Debuted the Beyond The Rubik’s Cube on April 24th 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the world’s best puzzling toy. It will be available to the public to check out within the LSC until April 16th 2015. My 2 year old immediately gravitated to the hands on area where kids and adults can build with oversized blocks of the rubik’s cube. There is a wooden stationary piece where you can align them by color, or just build towers.

20150321_131449

There is a section of the Rubik’s cube exhibit called the Inspire Zone which is home to the one-of-a-kind,18 Karat gold, jewel-encrusted fully functional Rubik’s Cube.This is the world’s most expensive toy estimated to be worth $2.5 Million and is amazing to see! My 7 year old loved using the up-side-down goggles and trying to catch the Rubik’s Cube plush! It was really silly and he was amazed at how he couldn’t see it coming right at him when he had the goggles on.

Another favorite at the LSC is the animals. It’s a small area, but it features so much!The Tamerin Monkey’s are by far the cutest little animals I’ve ever seen! Head over and check them out when you’re there! My 2 year old favors the large puffer fish, and my 7 year old is into the turtles and lizards. They have daily feeling shows and alternate the animals the show during the shows. Grab a show time listing online before going so you make sure to visit them!

20150321_142737_wm

Right outside of the animal exhibit is the AMAZING Infinity Climber which is one-of-a-kind in all aspects! Check out my previous review on the Infinity Climber in detail (http://wp.me/p4qZon-4c). No matter how many times we see it, I am always amazed!

Just take a look!

The view from the 2nd floor;

20150321_144642_wm

I have to say, from personal experience, it is a bit hard to contort your body to fit through some of the sections, but as long as you’re flexible, you should be OK. I went in with my 6 year old son, and overall, we were inside for a good 15 minutes. I got out after 10 minutes, and he stayed in to conquer the top section of the climber which is just level with floor #4. I thought he may be a little scared of the height, being that it is 35 feet above the floor, but he didn’t mention it at all and flew through the “maze” inside. He was all smiles!

The Infinity climber could not have come to life at a better time. Children of all ages are in love with Spiderman, and with this exhibit, they’re as close as they can get to being Spiderman in his web.

“The World’s First Suspended Climbing Play Space of its kind.”

 The view from the 3rd floor;

20150321_141600(0)_wm

That is no small feat. We had to test this out ourselves to see just what was to offer. The Exhibit is 35 feet off above the atrium floor, so the children can look down on onlookers who are watching them climb as well, adding that special feeling of everyone seeing them doing something cool. The wire mesh is there to secure the climbing exhibit but still allow the children to feel that they’re suspended in the air. From within the climber the children can see multiple levels of the science center which is a plus!

As always with the Liberty Science Center, the NYC Skyline is just a step outside of the door. This is true with the Infinity Exhibit as well, you can go right through the doors a few feet away and check out the sky scrapers to take a break once you’re done climbing!

There are so many activities going on around the LSC that are hands on for kids. We got to make BLOOD!The kids learned about the blood in their bodies and what it’s made up out of. The kids really enjoyed this!

      20150321_12570620150321_124542

                                                                                                                                                                                    20150321_12564920150321_12504020150321_124941(0)

                                    20150321_13002320150321_122225

We had such a great time and I look forward to going back and checking out the IMAX and 3D movies! I loved them when I was a child on school field trips and I know my children will as well! The IMAX Dome does have age restrictions that children 6 and under cannot go in.

Liberty Science Center Address & Phone;

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 200-1000