I recently ventured into NYC with my family to see the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition at Discovery Times Square, which opened back in May. This unique interactive experience brings you into the world of The Avengers and explains the origins of Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more. Visitors participate in a simulated recruitment and are trained to become agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Many of the rooms focused on one specific superhero and each one boasted some special features.
Upon entering, we were all asked to create I.D.’s in order to enter the training facility. The computer asks for your name, birthday and e-mail address, but if you don’t feel comfortable putting in any information you can just enter ‘NO’. The I.D.’s are necessary for accessing some of the exhibits later on. You then take a picture in front of a green screen, and are later given the option of buying the souvenir picture of you posing with some of the other Avengers.
Once I.D.’s and pictures are taken care of, you are ordered to enter the Briefing Room and are informed that you are the best recruits out there. When I looked over at my two-year-old, five-year-old and husband I caught them all nodding in agreement.
Next is the Induction Room where a video tells the story behind the Avengers and how they all came into their superpowers. I appreciated this since my knowledge of the story was limited.
We also saw the costumes from the actual movie set which was pretty cool. One of our personal favorites was seeing the Captain America shield, which was behind glass that had a touch screen that you could play around with.
Our next mission was to pass a few tests that including height and weight analysis (I “accidentally” skipped by this test), an arm strength test where you can see how your results compare with Captain America’s, and a grip strength test.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. Bio-Lab explained how gamma radiation transformed the Hulk’s DNA. One of the agents gave my two boys green stickers to put on their I.D.’s to make sure people knew not to mess with them. My husband looked a little jealous but he recovered pretty quickly. The Engineering Lab for Iron Man was especially fun since it contained an Iron Man Exosuit Flight Simulator screen and a Heads Up Display game where you picked targets using just eye movement.
At the end of the exhibit, I’m pretty sure my five-year-old and my husband both believed that they had officially joined the Avengers. Definitely a fun time for all ages!
*Discovery Times Square is located at 226 West 44th bet. 7th and 8th Ave. If you decide to drive, do a little research beforehand to find parking deals. We parked at Cosmos Parking on 43rd bet. 8th and 9th
*Tickets are $27 for adults and $19.50 for kids (3-11).
*Expect to spend at least an hour in the exhibit.
*The staff is very helpful and everyone I came across was great with kids. Everyone was dressed as S.H.I.E.L.D agents and they definitely get into character.
*No photos allowed (even with a press pass, we were not allowed to use flash).
*No backpacks or strollers are allowed in the exhibit. There is a room near the entrance to check personal belongings.
*D.C. Cupcakes café is located on the lower level.
*When exiting the exhibit you go through a gift store; no bargains but a lot of fun items.
*My littlest Avenger showed off a unique superpower, needing two diaper changes in the span of five minutes. I found the bathrooms to be clean and baby friendly.
*There are currently two other exhibits at Discovery Times Square, Body Worlds and The Art of the Brick. The latter is expected to close in a couple of weeks. Admission is separate for each exhibit.
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets for the purposes of writing this post. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.
Adina Teitel Kahn grew up in New York City and now lives in Bergen County, NJ with her husband and two boys. In her past life, she was a foodie who loved dining out and trying a new restaurant every week. Presently, she’s a foodie in search of child-friendly restaurants that offer something other than chicken fingers. Adina writes about the funny and frustrating facets of parenthood on her blog Mom-Fiction. You can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter.