With my family’s love of all things Hunger Games, I was excited to take my kids (11, 9 and 3) to Discovery Times Square for the new Hunger Games exhibit. And for an hour and a half, we were completely caught up in the Hunger Games world of Panem, all the districts and the villainous Capital.
The first person you meet in the exhibit is Effie. She addresses you from a large video screen and shares with you the back story and prepares you for what you are about to see. From there you make your way through District 12 and some of the other districts. All the exhibits are related to the films and visitors have the opportunity to dig deeper into the history of the districts. The exhibits are interactive and visitors can learn how to tie knots like Finnick, become part of a propaganda film, decide what type of fighter you would be, and learn more about the stunts from the film.
The best part for me was seeing all of the costumes and set pieces. Katniss’s many dresses and fighting gear can be seen, along with costumes and props from other characters. My daughter loved Effie’s wardrobes, even though she has not seen the movies, and she enjoyed the interactive exhibits.
My 11-year-old probably had the best time of all of us at the museum. He took his time and listened to the tour headset (available for an extra cost), which provided extra details, showed clips, and came with a camera to take pictures. The headset costs $7, but was worth the price for all the extra information that my son was able to learn. My 3-year-old relished every opportunity to push buttons and there were plenty of hands-on things for him to do. If I were to do it again, though, I would have gotten a babysitter for him so I could have spent more time reading the signs and trying out the exhibits.
Anyone who loves the Hunger Games will thoroughly love a trip to the Discovery Center Times Square. And even those that aren’t that into the movies (much like my daughter) will enjoy the many visually exciting pieces from the movies.
- Adults: $29.50
- Kids: 3-11 $22.50
- Seniors: 65 plus $27.50
226 W. 44th St
Sunday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
And for superhero fans, you must check out the Avengers Exhibit.
Disclaimer: My family was given tickets for review, but the words and experience are all my own.
A version of this first appeared on One Good Dad.