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AnthonyJoseph14 wrote a review Aug 2019
Fresno, California68 contributions27 helpful votes
Took my two Grandsons (age 4 & 7) to the Discovery center two weeks ago. They had a great time and it was educational at the same time. I even had fun.
Date of experience: August 2019
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garygS3881BG wrote a review Jan 2019
152 contributions49 helpful votes
A old time learning center that has been in the business of educating the young and old for generations ... No expensive hype or prices just old school 🏫 show and tell...
Date of experience: May 2018
bradh324 wrote a review Jan 2019
26 contributions5 helpful votes
The Discovery Center has gotten better and better over the years. You can experience both life science and physical science exhibits and activities.
Date of experience: November 2018
Kimberly L wrote a review Dec 2018
Los Angeles, California110 contributions8 helpful votes
I wanted to find something for the kids to do on Christmas Eve & "discovered" The Discovery Center... & what a fantastic gem of a museum! This non-profit runs on a limited budget & the inexpensive admission prices (children: free for under 2 YO, $8 for 3-18 YO; adults: $6 for 18-64 YO; seniors: $5 for 65+; Veterans & active military: free) are more than fair. All programs & daily operations are funded through daily admissions, donations, field trips, & their gift shop. Exploring this hands-on science center through my kids' viewpoint, there's a lot of fun things to do in each jam packed station, animals to see & touch, & play structures to get their wiggles out. I think it pretty much hits their mission right on the nose -- providing a hands-on learning experience to spark children's passion, curiosity, & wonder for the environment & physical sciences, & being a valuable resource for the community who want their children to develop an interest, knowledge & excitement in S.T.E.A.M. subjects. Speaking with Isaías, Creative Project Manager... he's filled with ideas for The Discovery Center; a wish to build on a nearby site to house the only other space station replica. I met Patricia, a most genuine, knowledgeable, & friendly Animal Care Assistant. She introduced Elsa (bearded dragon) to the kids, explained her habitat & livelihood in a way that's easy to understand & "wow" the them. We also met Sweetpea, a cuddly & fast little black bunny; Bowser (possibly 25 YO tortoise that will outlive us all) who loves bananas & eating the fallen leaves. Quite a few of animal friends are named after Disney (Elsa & Anna), video game (Bowser), or story (Tiny Tim) characters. ^-^ There's a koi pond leading up to the Center's entrance filled with gorgeous koi, mosquitofish, & a couple of turtles. There's a generous library corner for families to read about animals, science, & the like. The nearby train table was basic but more than enough to entertain my Thomas the Train-loving son. The Build Exhibit allowed him to use his imagination & just create with building blocks & magnetic tiles. The Fire Exhibit may seem basic, but it allowed the kids to play pretend firefighters; their uncle & cousin are firefighters so they both loved this. H liked the Pitman Farms Exhibit so she can gather eggs like at her uncle's except there's no mean hen to peck at her when she nabs the eggs. ;-) Learn about gravity, interference, Laws of Motion, Hyperbolic Slot, Air Track, etc. at the Physics Exhibit. Augmented Reality Sandbox has 3 dimensional camera measuring the sand & sending the info to computer to create topography map that's projected on top of the sand. Air Track is a scientific device to study motion in a low friction environment; H just loved playing with & catching the scarves. A color-coded piano with color-coded music sheets allows musically-challenged to play a simple symphony. A large version of the Operation game... I sucked at the small version as well as the adult-size version. Near the end of our visit, I ran into Lori, Executive Director, while I was taking notes for this review. I shared how I found the Center, talked about her awesome team, & what a great time my kids were having. As a parent, I'm always concerned about germs & the exhibits/stations could use some sanitizing, which may be a challenge with their small operations team; there a strategic hand sanitizers located throughout the Center for the germaphobes like me. The kids went outside one last time to get their wiggles out on the play structures. They tried to prolong their visit even after the Center's closed, but Patricia was still in the process of lock-up so they were able to play a little longer. =) In spite of its size, the Center offers a lot of stations for your LOs to explore & learn, even adults might learn a thing or two. With limited winter hours, we spent the whole morning here & didn't even make it over to The Deutsch Cactus Garden. This new team is looking to transform The Discovery Center, & THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT to make that happen. Stay tuned for exciting new changes to this hidden treasure!…
Date of experience: December 2018
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M S wrote a review Jul 2018
Cupertino, California191 contributions102 helpful votes
WE visited this center last week with our 6 year old. - This is a small place, about 2hours would do it. Many exhibits are for kids 2-5yrs maybe. - Outside exhibits are not in shade and the hot weather makes it near impossible to be out for long; - The cactus garden is nice - I would rate it 3.5 stars; no higher - The price to enter is much higher than the value it provides…
Date of experience: July 2018