Okay before we move on here is a quick tip- If you have little ones sometimes investing in a membership is a great idea. It’s usually not much more than for the single price of daily admission and you usually get great perks like “member only events”, free merchandise,free passes, etc… Plus usually if kids like the place and you live nearby you will more than likely head back at least once and it will pay for itself.
Now that I got that out of the way let’s resume the post… okay this place is fun for kids of all ages. My 2 year old gets a kick out of it as well as my husband’s cousin who is 12 and like most typical 12 year olds full of energy!! . There are plenty of things to do to keep you occupied for hours. We started first with the first floor and the different exhibits that are there. The first is my daughter’s favorite. It’s called Sesame Street presents the Body- It’s a temporary exhibit that has been extended until September 9th. This is a hands-on exhibition about the human body. Find answers to questions like “how many ribs does the human body have?” and “how many gallons of saliva does the body produce in a week?” Learn how to keep your body healthy and strong in “Ernie’s Rub-a-Dub Tub,” “Legs and Feet” and “Grover’s Obstacle Course.” The exhibit is a great opportunity to introduce and reinforce healthy habits and choices with your family
There also permanent exhibits that our little cousins could not get enough of. The first is perception- every one’s favorite including my 2 year old was lying on a bed of nails. When I asked all of them what they thought of this experience it was in unison- It was cool!!!. Perception is an exhibit that allows your kids to experience science hands on. The other two that they liked was Dynamic Earth which has a hurricane/tornado chamber. This was my favorite. There is also a quake zone and another older kid fave a rock climbing wall. Once we finished the 1st floor we headed outside to DinoQuest. There are life sized models of different type of dinos. I wished I would have paid more attention but I can’t tell you what kind… I think there was a real big one like in Jurassic Park… lol- okay that’s probaly not much help.. anyways there is a play area by one of the dinosaurs and plenty of room for the kids to run around.
There is also a temporary exhibit where we spent most of our time. It’s called Pirates featuring Treasure and will also be there until Sept 9th. There are so many things to do- There is a coloring area, craft area, a replica of a pirate ship where they can climb, air cannons, an astronomy area where you can copy a constellation with marshmallows and pretzels and get to snack on it after. There is also a misting area and much more. This is all located under an air conditioned tent in the parking lot.
Upstairs there is even more entertainment. This is usually the highlight for the little little ones – our crowd the 5 and under. There is a sub tunnel, craft are, there is a green screen activity area that the kids just go wild for where they can pretend to be a pirate or a mermaid. This is a must stop for your little ones. There is also an extension of the sesame street exhibit in the back that is designed for our tots where they can explore around. Think Gymboree class. Finally there is the Discovery stadium exhibit which is sports centered. You can test your fastball and play a virtual volleyball game. Trust me after all of this playtime your children will be exhausted and probably hungry. No need to pack a lunch since there is a Taco Bell on site. Of course this is the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center- The visit would not be complete without a quesadilla- LOL!! The prices are the same as your local Taco Bell so it’s a pretty cheap eat that most kids love. As we headed to our car I felt a great sense of satisfaction that my goal of a day of fun was accomplished. Hope you can too!!
Taco Bell Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Daily
Launch Pad Science Store opens at 11 a.m.
Discovery Science Center is open daily except for Thanksgiving Day and
Open till 8pm Thursday all summer long
Children (ages 3 – 17) $ 9.95
Children 2 and under Free
Parking is $ 3.00