California Science Center
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- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 4Apr 02, 2014
California Science Center is located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, established in 1951. It is the biggest science center in the west coast!
Here is the list of exhibits in the center.
Special Exhibits - Always something new.
Ecosystems - Focus all aspect of live on Planet Earth.
Creative World - Focus in structure and technology advancement.
World of Life - Focus in how human body cell works.
Air and Space Exhibits - Focus in human exploring the space.
Science Court - Cool High-Wire Bicycle and Motion-Based Simulator.
Science Plaza - Outside of the building, feature unique galleries.
* Lot Parking is $10 but the street parking is free on Sunday.
* It opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except few holidays.
* Admission is free exceptRecommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7May 25, 2014
So you wanna do something for nothing eh? Wanna be entertained? or better yet have your munchkin entertained? Not have to wait for ride lines, interact with jackwagons? see some truly awesome artifacts? and waste a half a day with your kids or date running you round and round in circles? well get your sorry azz ovah hea!
Pro Tip #1: Parking is $10, but entrance is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
The munchkin loved it... i was kinda ehh... but we still are ending up back here regularly. I have been here 3 times in the last 4 months I think! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
So this Science Museum is different than the ones I have been to in Chicago and at the Smithsonian. It is a Kids Science Museum! yes this is both good and bad. It has a lot of kewl information, especially for the young ones. There are some things that stand out to me even with its being a primarily kids oriented joint:
* They have multiple space capsules (apollo, soyouz, etc)
* They have a charge for deal to see the space shuttle Endeavor
* They have a couple of fighter trainer aircraft, a biplane, and this is NOT an Air & Space museum even if they have a YF12A outside...
* They have a lot of how things work videos/interactive displays that kids gobble up. my daughter couldnt stop hitting buttons all day
* Great lift/drag wind displays, go here if its super hot and you need to cool down
* Earthquake ride ehhhh sampling area =P
* Several pay for rides/displays as well. The Endeavor was the most well known of those ones...
* A giant swag shop
* The big M supper club also has space on the ground floor...
So overall they have a bunch going on, but it is much more child oriented which is great for parents, and most parents love seeing their kids learn... or they should and if they dont they are EVIL parents hahaha yeah I said it E-V-I-L!
Pro Tip #2: You can visit this museum and the natural history museum without moving parking lots and they are right next to each other... I almost ran into another parent with their kids here that I know as well... but that is tough since its a huge place... I hope you enjoy your trek here!
ohhh well, why havent you left yet?Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesNightlife LoversMay 07, 2013
I liked the science centre before, and now that the endeavour is nesting there, I really love it. It's a great place to spend an afternoon - good for out of town visitors and parental units. some hands on exhibits, as well as revolving exhibits that require special ticketing. there's a huge rose garden right outside as well, which is lovely to picnic and walk in.
- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Dec 09, 2013
It doesn't compare to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry but with the addition of spaceship Endeavor the comparison is no longer embarrassing. Other exhibits have been added and improved. The Science Center is definitely on an upward swing. A great place to take kids where adults won't get bored.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Sep 04, 2013
Of course the best part of the CA Science Center is to see the Endeavour shuttle in person. Admission to the center is completely free, but reserve a time slot to see the Endeavour online to avoid long waits (it costs just a few dollars to reserve). To see the space shuttle up close is so cool. They are working on creating a new exhibit so you can see the space shuttle at difference levels as it sits vertically. There are also quite a few IMAX movies related to space and nature that you can check out for a fee. The movie I saw was much older so it wasn't as clear as movies are these days, but it was still impressive to see what astronauts see in space. The rest of the center has some smaller exhibits that are fun for kids as they are interactive. However, most of them are old and don't work extremely well (if they work at all), and don't provide any explanation on what you force or action you are imitating in nature.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14Nov 01, 2013
I finally got to see the famous Endeavor! I was in all when I entered the room.
The place was crowded but it wasn't that bad. I think it's an amazing place to take your kids and teach them about nature, science, etc. A great place for kids to be motivated and be educated.
Thank you gogobot for taking me here with their gogobus!!!!Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofAdventure TravelersFoodiesBackpackersJun 17, 2014
This was a really cool museum! First of all, it's on a donation basis so you can get in free. There were tons of cool hands-on exhibits. I especially liked the infrared screen. The reason I didn't give this four stars was that it was just packed with small children. Don't get me wrong, I like kids, but I couldn't do a lot of the stuff because it was occupied.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterJun 04, 2014
This is a MUST see. The museum is the home of the space shuttle the Endeavour among other wonderful exhibitions. It is next to the USC campus and the Los Angeles Coliseum where the 1984 Olympic games were held for the second time.
Approximately 25-30 minutes depending on traffic.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Nov 06, 2013
One of the highlights of the California Science Center is the Space Shuttle Endeavor, a must-see for science buffs of all ages. Be sure to plan a whole afternoon here so you and the family have plenty of time to check out all of the exciting permanent exhibits.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterAmbassadorMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureStudentsBackpackersOct 26, 2013
This isn't your ordinary museum, and people of all ages will enjoy it: even my 2 and 3-year old cousins were racing around, trying out the different scientific exhibits and galleries, or standing enthralled by the mind-boggling displays of scientific discovery. If you have an ounce of curiosity in your blood, you'll enjoy this place...especially since admission is free.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersBackpackersSep 13, 2013
This is a great place to take the kids. They have a blast you actually learn a little something too. There are lots of hands on exhibits. There is also a couple of fast food restaurants if you get hungry because you can spend all day there easily.Recommended for:
- California Science CenterMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesSep 13, 2013
It's really nice if you are into the sciences, especially for kids, even at a very young age. We were there when the kid was about a year and a half, he enjoyed it thoroughly. And it's free!Recommended for: