A few months ago, some great college friends of mine wanted to try to get together. I realized that after college, the friends that you make tend to scatter so finding a place that’s fair for everyone to meet up at is always a challenge. It’s fun, but sometimes still a challenge! Then you mix in kids…
Paulyn has 2 kids and Cassandra had a bun in the oven at the time (of which her beautiful baby girl is now here and so freakin adorable). We thought it’d be fun to head out to the California Science Center since it really is fun for all ages 🙂
I’ve been here many times before, but this was my first time bringing Dominic which was exciting. There’s so many fun activities here that it’s just a breeding ground for curiosity and mental development. He had a BLAST. There’s always changing exhibits here too, so check the site every few months to see what’s new. Here’s some pictures of some of the interactive elements we got to play with at the science center (there were plenty more than this too!)
^ Playing with foam blocks and learning a little about chemistry (sorta)!
^ Dominic was so determined to push the stroller. It was hilarious. The photo on the right is of the kids spinning these noisy wheels and watching the beads inside spin. Boys always seem to be so drawn to wheels!
^ Photo of all of us from the infrared camera
^ If you talk through one end of the tube, the person on the other end can hear clearly! You can see one of Paulyn’s babies standing on the other side waiting to listen. On the right, Dominic is standing on a bridge unit that wobbles. The one next to it was built to be more stable with triangles.
Inside the science center, they also had a great toddler area with some animals and bugs to see, toddler toys, lots of books, a puppet show area, and even a play treehouse. It was really nice to let the kids roam a little more freely in a smaller space designed just for them.
^ Dominic making human and animal friends!
Outside, there’s an area to learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants. Underneath there’s a tube that you can walk through to get a view of everything under water. There’s actually an entire ocean exhibit too.
This was pretty cool. The air from the contraption Cassandra is playing with would make waves pretty far out on the metallic display ^
The California Science Center is located within Exposition Park, so make sure you try to see the other things you can do here since you have to pay for parking to enter the park (like go to the Natural History Museum!). There’s a rose garden outside, so if you come during the right season, definitely make sure you enjoy the walk. Oh, and just in case you wanted to know, this place is located in the same area as the LA Coliseum where the LA Rams are temporarily playing at.
I’d say it was a fun and successful get together! You really can’t lose going here with kids; and even without kids, it’s a fun little adventure (Tristan and I went here for our first Valentine’s Day :). The kids had fun and the mommas got to chat. We even went out to have lunch at Lemonade then grabbed some ice cream at Salt & Straw. Can’t wait for Cassandra’s baby to join us next time!
California Science Center | 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037