Visiting Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science is a sweet treat!
The New York Hall of Science (www.nysci.org) is one of three locations hosting the Guinness World Record-holding Gingerbread Village with the theme of “Tale of Three Cities” this year. New York Hall of Science is located in Flushing, NY at the Flushing Meadow Park. The elaborate custom crafted gingerbread city is being shown at New York Hall of Science in Queens, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Manhattan, and The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
The 2014 Guinness World Records have acknowledged it as the largest gingerbread village in the world. The whimsical village is made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and decorative candy. It weighs an amazing 1.5 tons, is 450 square feet long, wtih 3000lbs of icing, 600lbs of candy gathered from 14 countries and 600lbs of gingerbread dough. At the New York Hall of Science, where we went to see it, it was encased in a circular clear glass display case. The village has 1000 houses that have a variety of shapes, candies and writing that create an entire village. When the display is finished on January 11th, Chef John Lovitch, who is the created of this incredible village, will give all the houses to children that are unable to visit due to illness or personal situations.
Along with viewing the gingerbread village, you and your kids can sign up for gingerbread workshops where you can create your own gingerbread house. These workshops are lead the village creator Chef John Lovith. The workshop we participated in began with a an interactive group activity about design. Children were to take a variety of objects to create a structure that a ball could travel on from one place to another and land in a bucket. All the kids had to work together to create it. The second part of the workshop was creating a personal gingerbread house.
My son loved the interactive activity and was very excited about creating the gingerbread house. This was the first time for either of us to try to make a gingerbread house. My son seemed more interested in eating the candy – now there’s a surprise! The frosting had raw eggs in it, so the kids had to be cautioned not eat the frosting. The pieces of gingerbread were pretty thin and fragile and did not match up precisely so it was challenging to make the house. Families should bring along some patience for this exercise.
Overall it was a great experience and we were happy to have been a part of it. I would recommend going to see the display whether you participate in a workshop or not. Follow this link for the full schedule of the three locations to see the Gingerbread Lane Village on display until January 11th. Adults and children alike will definitely have sweet dreams after experiencing this great holiday event.
About the Author: Alisha Rappaport is a consultant for non profit foundations and is a mommy blogger for Wicked Good Travel Tips. She enjoys taking her son on new adventures and sharing her experiences with our readers.