Summer Fun Giveaway: Beyond Rubik’s Cube and Clifford the Big Red Dog at Liberty Science Center

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (18)

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Visitors solve cubes and add them to the mosaic!

WINNER: Congratulations to ldid220!

The Liberty Science Center has just what you need to break up the mid-summer slump with your kids. With its beautiful views of Manhattan and perennial must-dos like the Touch Tunnel and Pixelpalooza, not to mention walking the steel beams in the Skyscraper! exhibit, this Jersey City gem hardly needs to supplement its attractions. But it does!

Just in time for summer visits, the Liberty Science Center has two exhibits that make it easy for parents and children to connect with a new twist on old favorites. Beyond Rubik’s Cube will challenge and entertain with puzzles to solve and activities for younger children as well as older kids and adults. There is even a robot that can solve the Rubik’s Cube. Younger children will love exploring Birdwell Island with Clifford and all his friends in the Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit.

Robot solves Rubik's Cube at LSCThe Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibit includes over 7,000 square feet of games, puzzles, background, art, and engineering activities. The bright, creative exhibits will attract children (and adults!) and ensure an enjoyable and educational visit. The younger children will love matching colors and shapes, and the We Explore area of the Liberty Science Center is currently connected to Rubik’s Cube colors and shapes. Older kids will have fun with interactive activities as well as 3-D puzzles, help solving the Rubik’s Cube, creating art with the colors and cubes, and more.

A favorite exhibit during our visit was a robot that not only solved the cube, turn-by-turn, as we watched, but also did a modified victory dance once completed. Lots of fun was also adding to the huge American flag mosaic and checking out the different vestiges of the Rubik’s Cube through the years. If you are a Rubik’s Cube dolt, like I am, there is even a table with a computer guide that will help you solve a cube. I didn’t work my way to the solution, but I’m considering going back to get at least two sides. I have until November 2014 to return, and then Beyond Rubik’s Cube will move on with all the puzzle secrets.

You’ll love bringing the kids to see Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog! Birdwell Island comes to live with a post office (our favorite), a restaurant to prepare and serve food, a play area hosted by Cleo, a dig site with T-Bone, the Birdwell Island Ferry, and a huge Clifford to climb on, slide down, and hug.

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Feeding Clifford his bones using a conveyor belt was very popular, as was a song-and-dance area complete with costumes of favorite characters. The history of Clifford, now 50 years old, showed story boards and allowed children to color in pages. This exhibit is great for the preschool set, although there were lots of early elementary kids also enjoying the fun. Clifford leaves the Liberty Science Museum on September 7th, so make sure to stop by and say hello!

For big Clifford fans, don’t miss a chance to meet Clifford at the Liberty Science Center! He’ll be there to greet children throughout the summer. Check the schedule here for dates.

The Liberty Science Center has generously offered Barista Kids readers a chance to win a four-pack of passes to visit these exhibits as well as the regular exhibits!


To enter, answer this question in comments: How many sides can you complete on a Rubik’s Cube?


Contest starts Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10 am EST and ends on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 5 pm EST. One person who leaves a comment by Sunday, August 3 at 5 pm will be chosen at random to receive the passes for the Liberty Science Center!

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Good luck!


  1. POSTED BY mags  |  July 28, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    None. I am terrible at the Rubik’s Cube.

  2. POSTED BY rochels  |  July 28, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    I dont think i have ever completed even one side! My husband could do the whole thing though!

  3. POSTED BY nycmontclair  |  July 28, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    I used to be able to do one side easily and somehow stumbled into completing it once or twice. This is very timely as my son has been playing with a Rubik’s cube and can an solve one side.

  4. POSTED BY kellbeans  |  July 28, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    When I was in sixth grade, probably a lot more.

  5. POSTED BY lauter  |  July 29, 2014 @ 5:17 am

    7 sides.

    6 for the standard blue, green, red, white, yellow, and orange.


    1 for the feeling of accomplishment. Which is on the inSIDE.

  6. POSTED BY pamplemousse  |  July 29, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    One side, if I am lucky!

  7. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 29, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    zip zero bubkus – but that doesn’t make me a bad person

  8. POSTED BY snoozy3  |  July 29, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    I have never even completed one side! 🙁

  9. POSTED BY boonanas  |  July 29, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    I can only ever complete one side. No more no less.

  10. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  July 29, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    I believe I had three sides once, but that was more than a few years ago.

  11. POSTED BY mommyentourage  |  July 30, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    I’ve never actually gotten too far with a Rubik’s cube!

  12. POSTED BY lmj512  |  August 01, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    Maybe one or even two, but it’s been way too long to remember!

  13. POSTED BY ldid220  |  August 01, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    1-2 max, but it’s been a very long time.

  14. POSTED BY stefhl  |  August 01, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

    Zero, b/c I can’t remember the last time I tried one!

  15. POSTED BY bethala45  |  August 03, 2014 @ 12:14 am

    Back in the day I was able to get at least three sides. I had a system, a pattern. Same as I did and still do with Pac Man!!

  16. POSTED BY nausikaa  |  August 03, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    Another in the one side club. Looks like a cool exhibit.

  17. POSTED BY michele  |  August 04, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

    Only one side!

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