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“Kids will enjoy this learning center”

California Science Center
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$94.49*
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Hollywood, California Science Center, and the Griffith Observatory from Anaheim
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$72.00*
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$535.00*
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Private Half-Day Los Angeles City Tour
Ranked #6 of 590 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Space Shuttle Endeavour on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Please reserve your passes online or by phone. Explore over 100 permanent interactive science exhibits spanning several galleries. Admission to permanent exhibit galleries is Free! (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits) Visit Ecosystems -- a hands-on exhibit home to nearly 400 plant and animal species. Come discover amazing environments from the familiar to the fantastic, and find out how the physical and living worlds affect each other.
Reviewed October 8, 2009

This is a donation-based learning center for all things scientific. If your kids like hands-on activites and love science, this is the place. IMAX movies will have a fee though, but other than that, let your kids be kids and you just sit back and enjoy the A/C.

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Reviewed May 25, 2009

My friend and I went by ourselves (i.e. no children), both of us in our mid 20s . The exhibits are fantastic and fun, even for adults. Try to go later in the afternoon when all of the school groups have left. Hundreds of children running around and interrupting while you are playing with an exhibit can be a little irritating, even for those who like children. Skip the Bodyworks show if you don't have young children, because that's who it is geared to and it's a little silly for adults, though very creative. The IMAX movies were both fantastic and very decently priced (as was the well stocked snack bar in the theater). The nearby rose gardens are beautiful and deserve a look too!

2  Thank TravelJunkie2579
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Reviewed December 31, 2007

The CSC should be on a MUST VISIT list of every parent.
It has lot of activities for children of all ages as well as adults.
Goose Bumps the science of fear is an excellent exhibit for everyone.
The air and space exhibits are very informative and provides lot of history of space exploration.
The rose garden is a welcome break for clicking family pictures with the beautiful roses.
All the exhibits are thought provoking, earth quake experience is good, IMAX shows nice movies, the gift shop "explora" at the entrance has unique toys.
One can easily spend the day exploring the place.

2  Thank PARTH B
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Reviewed October 23, 2007

I love the Science Center. They have some really sweet exhibits- before there was Star Wars, now there's one about fear. It's free too, which is a nice change of pace from other museums in the area. All in all... a solid 5 stars.
Also don't miss Body works hall... I saw a live chick hatch... so cute!

2  Thank lucizzle44
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Reviewed July 24, 2005

If you're travelling to L.A. with young kids, you have to check out this place. The facility is ultramodern and recently constructed in the shell of a much older building. It is thoughtfully laid-out and it is easy to navigate. I love how the facility has all kinds of little details embedded throughout. For example, there's a great exhibit showing the flow of water throughout the state of California right in the entrance steps on the southside.

There's an IMAX theater with numerous films playing. These are short and impressive. The exit leads directly to the Science Center. The exhibits themselves are high quality. The gift shop is very large and contains plenty of educational gifts. The site surrounding the facility is very beautiful. There's a very large rose garden out front. There are other musueums located right next store. The Coliseum is here, too.

Parking is excellent. Check-out the old spy plane. Admission is free. You read that right. You could easily spend the whole day here.

9  Thank HitchKennedy
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