An Interactive Afternoon at the Discovery Science Center
Our Kiddy Travel kids love to learn something new everyday, and what a fun way of doing it while interacting and playing! The Discovery Science Cube is one of our favorite places to visit and learn a bit more about how science has improved our lifestyles. You can see, touch, play, and learn anything related to water, geology, ecology, astronomy, energy, gravity, and more.
The Discovery Science Center is located in Orange County off of Main Street in the city of Santa Ana. It’s a two story building attached to the iconic cube that you can see from the 5 freeway. It’s a small museum, but with a great layout. It has a rock climbing wall for toddlers, a small theater and an outdoor exhibition.
Adult admission is $17.95 and children between the ages of 3 and 14 will only pay $12.95. But, you can get a AAA discount, or a California resident discount, and if you plan ahead and buy the tickets online, the adult ticket will be the same as a child one. If you are planning to watch the 4D movie and go into the Dino quest exhibition, you will need to pay an additional $7 for adults and $2 for the children.
You will experience anything from a bed of nails, learn from the geography stations, play in the bug playground, create your own gas rings, experiment being inside a hurricane, move a tornado with your own hands or even learn how to fly an airplane, but our favorite exhibits were:
- The Dino Quest Prehistoric Plaza Fossil: you will need to start by borrowing a transmitter for $4 ( you will need to return it) and pick one of the many scavenger hunt sheets that will tell you how many fossils, different stones, or things to look for and point at with the transmitter. The plaza has a gigantic dinosaur skeleton and the kids can play inside it. All around it you will find fossils, caves, and rocks that build up the atmosphere of a prehistoric era. Our kids couldn’t get enough of this exhibition and wanted to have more time to do more scavenger hunts.
- The Boeing Rocket Lab: you can launch your own Delta rocket RS-68. Just step into the rocket and see how the engine lights up and vibrates just as you are launching into space! Or you can play in the rocket launch station while learning about propulsion and compressed water rockets.
- The newest exhibit is the Eco Challenge: your kids will walk into a high tech-market never seen before! This market has all kinds of pretend groceries displayed in different sections and highly advanced checkout stands. Kids can now learn how to be more environmentally friendly as they learn about packaging and how to chose wisely as they shop.
Overall, we loved visiting the Discovery Cube! We spent three hours learning about different subjects while we played and had fun! Next time you have some available time stop by, learn and play!