Despite the fact that water is one of the most central parts of our lives, children rarely hear about, let alone understand the concept and importance of water conservation.
The New York Aquarium in Coney Island has launched a new exhibit entitled “A-Maze-Ing Water,” in the hopes of correcting this problem by educating children about the water cycle, and the significance of conserving water, a vital, yet limited natural resource.
The exhibit is comprised of an outdoor maze meant for children to navigate as they learn about water. Upon entering, they are told that they are now a drop of water in the water cycle, and must find their way to the ocean. Throughout the maze, they are involved in several activities, including swinging on a zip line, spinning a water-themed wheel and putting together puzzles. After stopping at stations and learning interesting, new, and frightening facts about water, children are required to use the information they learned to answer questions in order to move forward.
Also, the aquarium has put together an art exhibit, which acknowledges the beauty and value of water. This exhibit is appropriately located in the aquarium’s Ocean View Room.
The maze and art gallery are open daily throughout the summer, yet there are additional special activities that are available only on weekends. Click here for a list of those activities.
The “A-Maze-Ing Water,” exhibit will remain opened until Sunday September 9 at the aquarium. The aquarium is located on Surf Avenue and West 8th Street. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 3-12, and free for those under the age of three. Visit the New York Aquarium website in order to receive a 10 percent discount throughout the summer.