From the moment you walk through the doors, it becomes very apparent that this isn't your typical museum. One of the city's ... More
California Science Center
From the moment you walk through the doors, it becomes very apparent that this isn't your typical museum. One of the city's largest and most popular museums, California Science Center is a place to learn about the wonders of science through numerous interactive exhibits and demonstrations. In addition to the exhibits, the museum is home to LA's only IMAX theater, which presents short and uniquely shot films on a screen the size of a three story building. It is a fun place for children, parents, students or anyone with a thirst for discovery. Admission to the museum is free.
This is a great free place to take your family. You only have to pay for parking and let your kids explore. Not to mention the Rose Garden Cafe offers pizza to wraps so something for everyone. I notice the past few times the traveling exhibits change with in a few months. They also have the an IMAX. I love how the IMAX has its food cost lower then other movie theaters. This is truly an awesome place for families on a budget, and its next to the beautiful rose garden.
I've been coming to the California Science Center for ages. Ever since I was little I've been taken here for many field trips. I loved it as a kid. Now that I'm a little older it isn't as fun for me. However It still remains great because It houses a lot of those popular traveling exhibits. I remember seeing the Titanic Exhibit there, the BodyWorlds Exhibit (one and three), and most recently the CSI crime scene Exhibit.
First off the CA Science Center is visited daily by 100's if not 1000's of school kids so it's set up in a very educational way. When I was a a kid, I wanted to be an Astronaut (until I realized I wasn't smart enough!) so I actually really enjoyed the exhibits as well.
I had just watched a history channel special on the Blackbird SR-71, the fastest airplane every built, and they have one on the CSC grounds which was great for a photo op!
My kids and I really enjoyed the Imax Theater experience the best though. We have a discount card that includes the Imax (LA Perks Pass) so we had a lot of fun on a strict budget! I also hear the Natural History Museum which is very close to the CSC is opening back up soon. I'll hold tight to check that out soon too!
What I like about this place is that it's very pleasing to the eye. They made the place really good. The museum and IMAX theater is updated. There are always things happening here. Even the parking, which comes with a fee, is easy to get in and out of with no hassle.
The only thing I'd be wary of is the big garden area outside. While it's nice to walk through, during the day there are what appears to be maintenence workers driving around in golf carts. They're known for showing driving through without doing actual work and showing no courtesy. Visitors find this intimidating. Check to see if they're there. If they aren't tearing through the grass, then enjoy the garden.
It was , first of all, the most interesting and fun afternoon downtown, ever! Plenty of expos to choose from, old and new ones. I remember I saw the german doctor's exibit , BODYWORKS ,with the cerated anatomical organs....and it made me give up smokeing! Forever! Aside from this, I am realy shure you can enjoy ther a good 3D animated film and plenty of other wonders from across the globe. Eat an ice cream , relax, and tahe the 405 home in a minute.
Free admission, $5 parking - hard to beat that price for a place to entertain the kids. Lost of educational exhibits, but even young children who don't get the educational part still seem to have fun going all around to the different displays. Especially quiet on the weekends when the school classes are not visiting. My daughter's favorites are the earthquake simulation room, the chicks hatching from eggs and the area where you can build your own structures. If you're willing to spend a little more, there is an IMAX theater on the premises, which is always an impressive show. There's also a McDonalds downstairs for lunch, plus another restaurant. We didn't find much in the gift shop - lots of high-quality but fairly expensive things. This is a fairly new and very nice/clean facility with very easy access from the carpool lane of the 110 freeway.
We almost always visit this museum when traveling to Los Angeles. I have 3 kids ranging from 11 - 4 and all of them love it! No matter how early we arrive, they are always sad to leave because there is so much to see. If you have little ones (under 6/7) there are some special areas inside the larger sections of the museum that cater specifically to this age group. The little ones can go inside and enjoy hours of fun while the older kids enjoy the rest of the exhibits in the same general area. I can't rave enough about this museum. The best part is, it's all free!! There's an IMAX theatre on-site that costs. But I've never been as we usually run out of time and the museum is closing. This is a must do for families with kids. Fun, free and fantastic!
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