For families with older children, the Intrepid Museum provides a fascinating look at air, sea and space related scientifically and historically significant exhibits, including memorable interactive experiences. The museum also honors those intrepid men and women who have and are currently serving our country in the air, at sea or in space. A not-to-be missed learning experience housed inside an actual aircraft carrier!
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will be at the New York Baby Show on May 20 and 21, at Pier 94.
The nation’s largest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
To learn more about the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, we spoke with Ashley Allen, the Museum’s public relations director.
For someone unfamiliar with the Intrepid Museum, how would you describe the museum’s mission and core offerings?
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided-missile submarine. Its exhibitions and programs take visitors of all ages and abilities on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. The mission of the Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.
Tell us about the museum’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
Located in New York City on the Hudson River, the Intrepid Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid, which served in World War II, the Cold War, the Space Race and the Vietnam War. After the ship was decommissioned, it opened as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in 1982 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
Over the years, the Museum acquired a wide collection of aircraft and the submarine Growler, the only guided-missile submarine open to the public in the United States. In a monumental success for the Museum and New York City, NASA awarded the space shuttle Enterprise to the Museum in 2011. The Space Shuttle Pavilion opened to the public in 2012.
What are the most popular exhibits for families with young children at the Intrepid?
The Exploreum, located on board the ship, is filled with fully interactive exhibits, inviting kids to sit in the cockpit of a helicopter, explore a replica submarine and climb into a space capsule. The Museum also has three flight simulators that bring the experiences of aviators to life. On weekends, families learn the history and science behind the Museum’s artifacts during Intrepid Adventures, hour-long programs that are free with admission.
What sets the Intrepid apart from other family-friendly experiences in NYC?
The Intrepid Museum’s exhibits and programs immerse families in history and innovation. Families discover the historic spaces of a legendary aircraft carrier, explore a Cold War–era submarine, get an up-close look at a space shuttle and view a collection of 28 aircraft—all in one place. Rotating exhibitions offer greater insight into the history of the ship and the feats of engineering on display. Interactive science demonstrations, designed to engage kids in active learning, are offered daily on the ship and in the Space Shuttle Pavilion. During the summer and school breaks, the Museum offers day camps focused on history, aviation, space exploration and technology.
What can parents expect from the Intrepid at the New York Baby Show?
At the New York Baby Show, parents will learn about the Intrepid Museum’s fun educational programs for children and families. Birthday parties, overnights aboard the ship, summer camps and programs for scouts provide exciting opportunities for children of all ages and their parents to explore the Museum. Stop by and sign up to win $500 off a birthday party.
To learn more about the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, check out intrepidmuseum.org.