It’s been said that hands-on, experiential learning enhances education, and if that’s the case, then the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is helping to educate every person who walks in the building’s door. Especially enjoyable for families with children, this interactive science center has permanent exhibits on everything from energy to California’s water to the journey of cells in our body. Work with your hands at the “Tinkering Studio” inspired by famous inventors, or watch one of the live experiments conducted by the center’s staff. Learn about genetics and DNA and what’s inside of an atom, or channel your inner architect with the collection of 15,000 building blocks. The biggest treat, however, is the enormous IMAX domed theater with movies on everything from Humpback whales to the most mysterious corners of our Universe. This is the only domed IMAX theater in Southern California, and the movies displayed provide visitors of all ages with an enthralling visual feast.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Thursday, and 10am-6pm on Friday-Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for children, and includes one IMAX film presentation in addition to most of the exhibits. The museum is located inside Balboa Park, and free parking is available on Space Theater Way, just off of Park Boulevard.