Friday, August 13, 2010

Fabulous Yet Frugal Friday - A Day of Education Fun for Next to Nothing!

Fabulous Yet Frugal Friday... A Day of Educational Fun for Next to Nothing!

We recently headed up to the California Science Center in Los Angeles (in the Exposition Park area, right next to the USC campus).  I was completely floored by how amazing it is.  As a family we could have spent hours and hours there.  Admission is absolutely free (parking cost is $8 and there is plenty of parking).  Special exhibits like the current Mummy exhibit and the IMAX movies cost extra, but there is plenty to explore without either of those.  We've now taken several trips to the Science center... so I'm going to break them up in to several posts because there really is that much to talk about!

The first exhibit we checked out was the Exploring Trees Inside and Out Exhibit, sponsored by DoubleTree Hotels.  The special (and not to be missed) exhibit runs through September 26, 2010.  We spent hours exploring.  There's a large variety of tactile learning stations for kids of all ages (that includes the parents!).  One aspect I loved is that there is one way in to this area and one way out, so parents can take a break, keep an eye on the exit and know that your little ones are safely exploring.  This totally comes in handy if you have a number of kids who like to head in different directions.

There is a giant tree play structure for the kids to explore.

There is an animal sound interpreting station.  Did you ever know where the Katydid name came from?  Listen in to its natural sound and you will!  (ok, so I'm a little biased towards this cricket, always thought it was named after me...)

We found this cute little hidden squirrel..

There's a birdhouse building station, a scent station, a picture creating station and giant acorn fort for kids to explore.  It's just a great place to allow the kids to explore on their own and to enhance your childs' love for nature.

We loved loved loved our afternoon there.  Have you stopped by the exhibit yet?

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