Get the kids out this weekend and let their imaginations turn, twist and fly through approximately 100 hands-on exhibits at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.
Whether a child loves the sciences, or needs a little scientific motivation, Discovery Science Center has something for all.
Discovery Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth and increasing public understanding and appreciation of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.
The facility opened in 1998 and features 59,000 square feet of exhibit space. Kids experience live science demonstrations, group challenges, interactive quests and science programs designed by grade level.
Some of the most popular exhibits are the themed areas, including Discovery Stadium, Techno Arts, Air & Space, Perception, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, and KidStation (an area specifically for kids ages 2 to 5).
Visitors can also challenge friends to Virtual Volleyball, make a 19-foot long tidal wave in the Wave Tank, lie on the Bed of Nails, climb the Rock Wall, walk through a Tornado, dance on a Musical Floor and more.
The Science of Hockey is the center’s newest permanent exhibition and features an interactive look at the science of sport as presented by the Anaheim Ducks, the National Hockey League and USA Hockey.
Visitors can also check out Dino Quest, the world’s first interactive dinosaur adventure, which opened in 2006.
Part of Discovery Science Center’s unique architecture, and perhaps its most notable feature, is a 108-foot tilting cube that sits perched on end overlooking Interstate 5.
Attached to the cube are 560 photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electricity, which is used to help provide power to the Science Center. The cube is lit after dark with brilliant colored fiber optics for a spectacular nighttime view.
The Discovery Science Center is located next to Interstate 5 on Main Street in Santa Ana, between Bowers Museum and Westfield Shoppingtown MainPlace.
The Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $12.95 for adults, $9.95 for youths (ages 3-17) and $11.95 Seniors (62+). Discovery Science Center members and children two and under are admitted free.
Visit www.discoverycube.org for more information.
Toni McAllister is SWRNN’s lifestyles editor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.