We Finally Discovered California ScienCenter at Expo Park

Entrance to the California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

Last week we discovered a whole new museum, to us anyway… the California ScienCenter (how it’s spelled) at Exposition Park (next to University of Southern California) is a free-entry – or suggested donation of $5 per adult – museum dedicated to all things scientific. We saw planes flying over our heads, walked through various Ecosystems, and T even got to cause an earthquake on a building he and Dad put together.

While we’d been up to Exposition Park before for the Natural History Museum (we are members there) and to the rose garden, we just never put this one on our to-do list, but I am so glad we finally did. This place is perfect for the preschool set; everything, and I mean everything, is a “please touch/ explore” zone, including several rooms dedicated to the under-7 years set for climbing, building, and creative-pretend play of all kinds.

There is so much to see and do for the kids that it’s pretty impossible for me to narrate every stop on our three-hour tour of the place; we even ate lunch on-site in their small cafe (not the two chain places, but a small kitchen that cranks out soups, salads, and sandwiches of all kinds, check it out!). But I did get a lot of photos, so I think in this case it’s just best to put up the photos and let you take the tour yourself. Enjoy!

Fly-over at California ScienCenter, Expo Park!

T played this ping-pong game in the Island Ecosystem room for a long, long time. For the life of me, I can't remember what it illustrated regarding island life, but it sure was fun to play.

This game allowed T to grab at ping-pong balls as if he were a barnacle trying to get food - pretty cool!

And here's a photo of the ping-pong "barnacle food" T was blindly trying to grab. Difficult? Yes.

C just isn't cool enough for the heat-sensing technology in the Desert Ecosystem room at California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

After the desert, T headed straight to the ice at the North and South Poles in the Polar Ecosystem room at California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

T "composting" in one of the discovery rooms at the California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

Dad sets up a building for T to knock down... with an earthquake... at the California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

Chances are you live near a known earthquake fault if you live anywhere on this map!

T builds a roof on a house in one of the discovery rooms at the California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

More fishing! It was a choice of local catch or Arctic catch at the California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

Arch building, part one, at California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

Arch success! At California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

T launches a rocket at the California ScienCenter, Expo Park.

View from the top floor of the California ScienCenter, Expo Park; love a day in LA after a good rain!

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