We recently spent the day at The Discovery Cube OC. I thought that Athena would enjoy a few hours there and then be ready to go home, but she fell in love with the place! Their mission to inspire, educate and impact is brought to life through an interactive environment where children and adults can discover new things for themselves through activities and experiences.
These were our three favorite exhibits at The Discovery Cube OC:
At the Science of Hockey exhibit, we put on a helmet, grabbed a hockey stick and explored the fascinating world of hockey. As Canadians, it’s in our blood to gravitate toward all things hockey and hockey related. Athena turned on her imagination as she sat in the Zamboni seat, she suited-up for a game with real hockey pads, she practiced her skills on a hockey net and she tested her radio voice as she announced a game in the broadcast booth with her dad.
We felt the goalie practice was a little too advanced for her, but every other activity in this section brought a smile to her face. She couldn’t stop laughing when she heard her and her dad on the radio and she returned four times to shoot at the virtual goalie. When I asked her what was her favorite part of the center, she immediately said the hockey place.
We had considered taking Athena to in-door rock climbing before but worried that it was too advanced for her and she’d lose interest after the first five minutes. The climbing wall at The Discovery Cube OC proved us wrong. When she saw the wall, she pulled off her shoes and made a run for it. She tested the different sections and focused on the skill behind it. I watched her, at three years old, study the wall for the easiest route. She then would give it a try and study every move before making it. After 30 minutes of playing on the wall, I finally convinced her to go up stairs and discover something else. If we had a harness or a large area, she would have easily stayed for an hour. It’s encouraging to watch her test her skills in many different areas to let her discover what she likes for herself.
Obviously the Spooky Science exhibit is temporary but it was still one of our favorites. Athena has an obsession with skeletons and there was an entire section dedicated to putting a skeleton together and looking at x-rays. She’s so much like her father! I watched her looking at all the pieces and processing/placing them into categories. It’s way more analytical than I am and she’s only three. I think she has a future in science or technology.
Why The Discovery Cube OC?
Orange County has dozens of options for family-friendly activities and experiences so we like to test the waters and see which ones are a good fit for us. The Discovery Cube OC has over 100 hands-on, interactive exhibits that encourage Athena to think in different ways and analyse things. They also have temporary exhibits that keep things fresh. We love encouraging Athena to participate in hands-on education and she can certainly find that at The Discovery Cube OC.
Have you been to a great hands-on science center? Even as an adult, there is so much to learn and explore at centers like this.