If you are looking to do some quality, educational activities with your kids which are super fun too, then Discovery Cube is just for you.
There are two locations of the Discovery Cube. One in Santa Ana and the other in Los Angeles. Since we live closer to the San Fernando valley, we went to the LA one.
DISCOVERY CUBE, Los Angeles is a 71,000-square-foot interactive museum at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood.
Parking is free and there is an ongoing deal on the ticket these days where both the adults and kids get in for the same price. As you enter you get the feeling as if you are in big warehouse and its fun seeing kids of all ages running here and there.
It is the place to be for science-based learning and hands-on discovery. Discovery Cube is modeled around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and also incorporates early learning and health awareness. There are two levels of hands-on exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces.
Here is a detail of some of the interesting exhibits:
LEGO: TRAVEL ADVENTURE
There are a lot of interesting exhibits and the choice will depends solely depends on the interest of the kids. The toddlers and younger kids will definitely enjoy the Lego: Travel Adventure which is on the second floor. Don’t get me wrong, the older kids will love this huge exhibit equally. To be honest, anyone who loves Lego, will love it. You get to make interesting Lego vehicles and then race with friends.
The helicopter tour is actually a Helicopter Simulator Ride which takes you way above the skies of LA then deep into water system under the city.
INSPECTOR TRAINING COURSE
A tablet based scavenger hunt where the kids get to be inspectors and make sure the house is safe and sound. The interactive tablet makes the inspection super fun and if all he answers are correct you get your picture taken which is displayed on the wall.
RACE TO ZERO WASTE
Race against other kids or your friends to see who sorts the recyclable and other items first.
Grab a cart, choose your shopping list, aim the scanner at the right products and earn a picture on the Wall. Kids learn the importance of choosing healthy foods and also reading labels.
Dive deep into the earth’s core via an elevator to see the geological layers. Seeing the Megalodon was sheer fun.
Watch a sweet short movie in the awesome 4D Theatre.
SANTA ANA WINDS CAPSULE
Stand inside a capsule and enjoy the 70mph Santa Ana Winds.
PLANETARY RESEARCH STATION
Observe weather patterns, historic storms, earthquakes on a suspended earth globe.
Climb the rock wall using only the highlighted rocks.
SCINCE OF HOCKEY (LA KING)
Enjoy a virtual hockey game. Be a goalie, or climb aboard the Zamboni Machine and get a picture taken.
An indoor cafeteria “BEAN SPROUTS” offers a variety of healthy options which can be enjoyed by both the adults and the kids.
Don’t forget to stop at the “ELEMENTS” gift shop for a take home memory.
Overall I think its a nice, educational fun activity place for the kids. Do bring them at least once and let them decide on their own which exhibit is their favorite and with the ongoing ticket deal and the winter wonderland exhibit opening on 17th where the kids can enjoy snow sledding, snow tubing and other snow activities, this is one fun place to be this winter.