The grand opening of the Discovery Cube, Los Angeles finally brought hard-core hands on science and fun with the museum located in the Lake View Terrace community. The museum, built in 2007 sat unopened with the threat of possibly never openings, to the consternation of parents and city officials alike. The original Discovery Cube in Orange County (formerly known as the Discovery Science Center) has been around since 1998. It was the partnership between Los Angeles City and the OC Discovery Cube that ensured that the facility in the San Fernando Valley’s Hansen Dam area could open on November 13, 2014.
Now that the museum has really opened, local parents and educators have come to realize what the Cube stands for loud and clear: “Okay kids! We’re all about science! Come and get it!” Now, just a few months after the opening ceremonies, the museum rocks with school kids of all ages busy exploring and engaged in every activity, every display, and every exhibit.
When you go you absolutely must check out the Science of Hockey center. The exhibit designers in association with the LA KINGS put together an attraction that explores the math and science behind the game. By the way, it was a hoot watching as youngsters tried their best to block shots at an interactive exhibit, or, slapping pucks at another interactive exhibit. I was quite surprised. I didn’t know there were that many avid King’s fans at such a young age. Like I said, check this exhibit out- you have to see it for yourself.
The Discovery Science Foundation (the non-profit organization responsible for the Cube in Orange County, and now the one in Los Angeles) boldly serves up science through fun and they’ve laid out an ambitious program. When you see the kids happily going from one activity to another here’s what they are really getting: STEM proficiencies (i.e. science, technology, engineering, and math), Healthy Living (educating families about the connections between body systems, mental health, and nutrition), and Environmental Stewardship (learning about eco-friendly living), and Early Learning (helping parents help their children prepare and be successful in school with reading and numbers), and more.
By the way, classroom field trips include student grade-specific booklets, hands-on exhibits, and live demonstrations (all aligned with the California State Science Standards). They also offer in-school programs, sleepovers, and Summer Camps. Parents (especially home-schoolers) and educators can participate in professional development.
The interest in the Los Angeles facility is tremendous although the area where it’s located isn’t well known. So go to the website www.discoverycube.org for directions, ticket information, and current events and exhibits. Oh yes. Be sure to inquiry about any current promotions or discounts. The address of Discovery Cube Los Angeles: 11800 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91342. Telephone: 1-818-686-2823.
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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