The California Science Center invites you to bring your whole family, young and old, to experience their interactive science exhibits for free. Yep, that’s right. General admission is free for every one. Who can resist an invitation like that? From time to time my wife and I gather the grand-kids and head on over. The kids always see it as a fantastic treat.
Well, a couple weeks ago, just before school started, we loaded up the grand-kids and spent a few happy hours exploring the science center’s exhibits. We didn’t go with any particular plan, we never have. We let the kids roam and meander. Their excitement gave us the prompt to hang around an exhibit or move on. What the heck, if they wanted to linger at one place or another it was fine with us.
If you’ve never been to the science center you really do owe it to yourself, and your family, to visit. Like I said, general admission is free. (Okay okay, parking was twelve bucks-cash only, by-the-way). Several special attractions did fees. For instance, the Endeavour, the Pixar program, and the Imax Theater, required tickets.
Before you go be sure to check out the website to see what the current activities special programs they have scheduled. You and the family might find something interesting. Click here: californiasciencecenter.org. On a map you’ll see that the California Science Center located over in Exposition Park (700 Exposition Park Dr., LA, CA) across Exposition Boulevard from USC). The building is between the Coliseum and the Rose Garden.
I’ve actually featured post on other parts of the Exposition Park, notably the Endeavour, the Natural History Museum, and the Exposition Park Rose Garden. I still haven’t covered everything the Exposition has to offer. There is so much more to do and write about. We find the Expo Park a marvelous place with a wide variety of activities for every one.
I could go on and on with superlatives about Expo Park and the science center, but instead let me mention few of the many impressive awards they’ve garnered (according to their own website): Top 10 Science Museums in America, Awarded by American Mensa (2013); Best Family Attraction, Selected by readers of the Los Angeles Downtown News (2013); Best Free Museum, Awarded by LA Magazine in their 2011 “Best of LA” awards; (and one more you’ll appreciate), Top Ten Science Centers in the Nation for Young Children and their Families, Awarded by Parents Magazine (2008). They’ve earned many many more awards- way too many to list here.
Of course our little guys are too young to know, or care, about these high praises. They spent the day happily running from exhibit to exhibit enjoying it all. So when they were all tuckered out and we were finally heading for home, the very best award came when they both decided the science center was definitely a two-thumbs-up place to go! You know what. I’m sure you and your kids will feel the same way.
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Looking for other places to take the kids? Click on my posts listed below for kid friendly destinations. I’m sure you’ll find a fun place the whole family will enjoy.
Great Places To Take Kids in LA -this post include descriptions of these interesting locations:
-The Leonis Adobe Museum
-Zimmer Children’s Museum
-Noah’s Ark, Skirball Cultural Center
-Gull Wings Children Museum