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Explore the Center for Science in Nassau County

About The Center for Science

For over 20 years, people have been coming to The Center for Science in Nassau County for exciting and engaging science programs. They are never disappointed. Whether a school group is looking for an exciting trip or a family is looking for fun activities, The Center has created programs that are hands-on and focused on science learning.

An integral part of The Center’s programming is the museum, which houses the largest permanent collection of animatronic dinosaurs in New York. Kids love dinosaurs and this attraction draws people from all over the NY Metro area. 

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Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, Director at CSTL gave an exclusive peek at the preserve and what’s coming up this year.

The Exhibit

Dinosaurs! and Animal Adventure are two intertwined exhibits housed in the 35,000 square foot WAC Lighting Hall of Science and outdoors on part of the 16-acre Tanglewood Preserve. The exhibit is open every day, except for Wednesdays and certain holidays.

The Dinosaurs! And Live Animals Exhibit gives visitors a unique, up-close-and-personal experience where they can see and even touch snakes, lizards, turtles and other exotic animals. Families and children will be impressed by the floor-to-ceiling hand-painted prehistoric dinosaur murals. Live animals that are part of the exhibit include owls, emus, peacocks, golden pheasants, goats, rabbits, emus, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and more.

Every December, visitors can enjoy the Dinosaur Carnival, a fun-filled event that includes games, prizes, crafts and special shows.

During the spring, the Center for Science in Nassau County presents the Dinosaur Renaissance Faire. Dragons and dinosaurs go together for this event that includes catapult firing, puppet shows, crafts, face painting, a wizard’s show and many more activities. There are arts and crafts projects and a dragon catching game, all while enjoying the exhibit.

In the fall, The Center presents its fundraiser and popular event, Spooky Fest. Spooky Fest event includes non-scary attractions, including the “Enchanted Not-So-Spooky Walk” where visitors take a walk through the woods and are treated to a colorfully lit Halloween story and friendly Halloween characters, including butterflies, friendly ghosts, happy scarecrows, dinosaurs, aliens and Cinderella’s carriage complete with a prince and princess. For the more adventurous, there is the half-mile “Spooky Walk,” the longest of its kind on Long Island, through the woods of the Tanglewood Preserve. Here visitors will encounter animatronic zombie dinosaur displays, creepy creatures, lighting and fog effects. With a visitor attendance of over 12,000 people, this is a well-known Long Island event.

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