We went to the Discovery Center with the gang the other day. My parents bought the “grandparents pass,” so all the kids got in for free and they had free passes for the adults. I thought it would be over Avery’s head but some of the stuff was definitely great for her age. There were 4 large rooms full of science stuff and a few smaller rooms on the side. It was a bit overwhelming for Avery, she kept jumping from exhibit to exhibit… not sure where to go next. Her favorite exhibits were the animal hospital and the grocery store. They were the hands on and play with stuff exhibits, like the one we go to in Oxnard, Gull Wings.
The grocery store was pretty cool. They had small grocery carts and hand carts. The kids went “shopping” for groceries then they could check them out at the check stand. Then they are supposed to put the groceries back in their cart and go to an area to sort them to have them put back on the shelves. She and Josh stayed in the store for over 30 minutes.
The pet hospital was great too. There were a bunch of pets (stuffed animals) and carriers to put them in. There were bowls for food & water, collars, leashes… two tables to have the animals checked out on and of coarse doctor coats to wear too. There were a bunch of x-rays that were labeled to check out too. There was one of a snake that had mouse bones in it!!
Even my niece (16 years old) stayed the whole time, 2 and a half hours. She was planning on staying only half an hour then leaving to do some other stuff.
It was pretty crowded too. We went on a Sunday. It opened at noon and we got there at 1. It was so big that is wasn’t crowded (no standing around).
By getting the membership my parents can take the grandkids to a long list of museums- one is in Santa Barbara!! we’ll be going there a few times over the next year.