A Trip Down Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science

Just a small snippet of Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY... #gingerbread #christmas
What takes 2,250 pounds of icing, 415 pounds of dough and 17 pounds of candy corns? That would be Gingerbread Lane, and you can find 152 houses along this most coveted address at the New York Hall of Science (aka NYSci) in Queens, NY. We visited for the first time this past Saturday, and it almost felt like a staycation because it was just a short drive (or we could have done a longer subway ride) from our home in Manhattan. Occupying one of the few remaining structures of the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, NYSci greets its visitors with two huge rockets visible from afar: the Gemini Titan II and a replica of the Mercury-Atlas D “Friendship 7″ Capsule, which was John Glenn’s rocket. There’s a whole Rocket Park, but it was too chilly for us to walk around it and we were eager to see what we came for: gingerbread.

Gingerbread Lane wouldn't be complete without a fire station, of course!

Gingerbread Lane wouldn’t be complete without a fire station, of course!

After we entered the museum and went into the main area, it wasn’t too difficult to find the 300-sq-ft display of gingerbread. With its homemade feel, Gingerbread Lane’s houses, trees, vehicles and Nutcrackers are sure to make your mouth water. There are actually signs that say “No snacking please! Do not touch or eat any part of Gingerbread Lane. ” which I noticed just as I was contemplating whether anyone would notice if a single M&M was missing. Some lucky visitors will get a taste though. The exhibit is open through January 12, when they’ll dismantle it and give it away for free to NYSCI guests! The line opens at 10am and there’s a limit to two houses per person. That’s pretty cool, and definitely in the Christmas Spirit.

Don't mess with Gingerbread Lane at NYSCI -- these Nutcrackers are watching you!

Don’t mess with Gingerbread Lane at NYSCI — these Nutcrackers are watching you!

Once we had our fill of looking (not eating, I promise!) the gingerbread, we check out the rest of the museum. My three-year-old son was a little too young to appreciate most of the exhibits at NYSCI, but he could still play around with them. He could enjoy some of the exhibits at face value, like watching the balls drop into slots in an exhibit that demonstrated probability or lowering wire objects into a soapy liquid in an exhibit that was supposed to teach surface area. He had a Wii-like experience manipulating an adaptive ski down a race course.  There was a whole area devoted to light, colors and shadow and that was more his speed. My husband and I enjoyed seeing the exhibits though! There are lot of new areas within the museum due to open in 2014, so we will have to plan a  return visit then.

At the NY Hall of Science, Gingerbread Lane's 152 houses covers over 300 square-feet! #gingerbread

Gingerbread Lane’s 152 houses cover over 300 square-feet!


12 Responses to A Trip Down Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science

  1. gabi (the nomadic family)
    Twitter: nomadfamtravels
    December 2, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    oh my god, these pictures are the cutest, most adorable, delicious things i’ve seen in my life. how many endless hours did it take to make it? wow. i love it liz! loooooove it. gabi
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  2. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
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    December 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Insane!! Spain builds miniature replicas of Bethelehem, and I saw one in chocolate last year. People get creative!
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  3. wanderingeducators
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    December 3, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    HOW fun is that?!!
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  4. Traci December 3, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    We visited this last month, and couldn’t believe how good it smelled!
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  5. Elle loves food! December 3, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Wow – such lovely pictures! Gingerbread alays reminds me of my childhood.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Elle xxx
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  6. Corinne December 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Wow…I just got a toothache looking at all those sweets. Awesome!
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  7. Andi
    Twitter: andiperullo
    December 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    OMG I love them!

  8. Val-This Way To Paradise December 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    That’s amazing! I tried making a gingerbread house once…a lot more work than you think!
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  9. Larissa
    Twitter: changes_long
    December 5, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    A whole gingerbread village! We used to make these growing up–my mom had a real knack for putting the house together. And then us kids would decorate. . . or pretend to decorate, and really eat most of the candy!

    I’ve never been successful at building the houses myself–thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory :)
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  10. Victoria December 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    My goodness.This is so cute.Loved it!!! <3
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  11. Terry at Overnight New York December 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    2,250 pounds of anything is awe-inspiring — but icing? Wow! Thanks for the vicarious taste tour.
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  12. Mary @ Green Global Travel
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    December 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    The Gingerbread Lane exhibit looks like a perfect way to get into a holiday mood. Cute photos!
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