A few years ago we took the kids to the Discovery Cube in Orange County; now we have an outpost of the children's science museum right here in Los Angeles. The Discovery Cube Los Angeles is now open, up in Sylmar, and now is the time to visit: For a limited time, entry is only $10 a person.
The Discovery Cube L.A. is smaller than the Orange County original, but has enough activities and exhibits to keep your little ones engaged and interested for several hours. (There's also room to expand, and there indeed are more attractions to come). Plus, it's located in the Hansen Dam recreation area, with a playground right next door -- so you can absolutely make a day of it.
Among the highlights:
"Aquavator": Descend deep into the earth’s crust in a specialized elevator and view the geological layers while learning the science behind underground water aquifers. Make sure to keep an eye out for the mythical Megalodon on your trip!
"Inspector Training Course": Is your house earthquake proof and energy efficient? Find out when you strap on an inspector belt and master the skills of a home inspector using a touch screen tablet. This competitive scavenger-hunt game takes you inside a California home and puts you to the test!
Rock climbing wall
Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails: "A hands-on STEM exhibit based on the adventures of everyone’s favorite blue engine, Thomas, his engine friends and the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. Help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles."
Exhibit about the Los Angeles River
Race to Zero Waste: "The first one to zero wins! Zero waste, that is. Race against others to correctly sort recyclables and other waste to divert trash from our landfills."
Discovery Market: "Grab your cart, aim your scanner and zoom through the aisles in this exciting grocery store game. Learn the importance of making healthy and Earth-friendly choices when you shop. Are you up for the challenge?"
More inside the grocery store game
Science of Hockey: "The Science of Hockey, created in association with the LA Kings, is one of the most technically advanced sports-themed exhibits in the world. The permanent destination attraction provides science and hockey fans with exclusive access to the sport and the team, while exploring the fascinating math and science behind the game."
"Designers worked closely with LA Kings representatives and BaAM Productions to create an exhibit that is as interactive, compelling and realistic as possible – a commitment to authenticity."
Blogger Kid 2.0 loved the zamboni.
Discovery Cube is located at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street, right off the 210 freeway.