California Science Center

Last week, the kids and I headed down to LA to hang out with my parents during spring break. One of the things we did was spend a day over at the California Science Center. Having never been there before, I didn't know what to expect. But, let me tell you, I will be singing this place praises from now on. First off, it's FREE. I love me something free. Now, we did pay for the Journey to Space exhibit, but everything else there is free. And the space exhibit was totally worth paying for…at least if you have a little space junkie like I do.

I was nervous that the museum was going to be totally packed, given it was spring break. I was happy (and somewhat surprised) that I was wrong about that. We got there not long after it opened and practically had the space exhibit to ourselves. We spent about five hours at the museum and didn't even see everything there. It is a very large museum with a lot of fun things to see and do. The kids got to pet starfish, play like they were on tv and watch a vulture stalk its lunch.

^^ In the Journey to Space exhibit, there was a space station simulator. Let's just say, I had to run out and stare at a wall because I literally thought I was going to fall over. I never knew I could get motion sick so quick.

^^ There was a space station with astronaut dolls for the kids to play with. Both Connor and Isla totally loved it and spent lots of time at it.

^^ While I thought we were going to get to go in the Endeavor (boo…), it still was fun to see a space shuttle up close. The coolest part was actually watching the video of them transporting the space shuttle to the museum through the streets of LA. They had to move power lines, take down traffic signals, etc. 

^^ What's more fascinating than watching yourself on tv?! 

On our way out, we took the kids into the museum store. Isla had been looking forward to this from the time we entered the museum. She picked out a stuffed animal to take home. Connor, on the other hand, got the space suit of his dreams. He was so excited about it. It was really stinking cute. So, we made a little photo of him looking like a real astronaut.

I definitely plan on going back here again…because, well, it's FREE and there is so much to see and do. Did I mention there are areas that are only for under the age of 7?! Yeah, it's a pretty awesome place.

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