California Science Center Entrance

California Science Center Exploration

Free Hands-On Science Exhibits

Because of the holidays, many people have family and friends coming into town.  The California Science Center provides ways to learn science hands-on, and in a fun environment.

What’s really great is the Science Center offers free general admission to their science exhibits.  Their mission: “We Aspire To Stimulate Curiosity and Inspire Science Learning In Everyone by Creating Fun, Memorable Experiences.”

California Science Center

They have four exhibits that are free to the public inside the Science Center.  The four exhibits are the Ecosystems, World Of Life, Creative World, and the Air and Space exhibit.  The King Tut: Treasures Of The Golden Pharaoh and the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit each costs an additional fee.

I visited the Science Center and the Exposition Park Rose Garden and here’s my experience.


You’re able to enjoy a wide array of ecosystems from the desert, to the Arctic, to a Kelp Forest.  Many of the exhibits are hands-on and allow for interactive learning experiences.  Inside the exhibits, there are live small animals such as snacks, lizards, and frogs.

As part of the Kelp Forest exhibit, there are live shows held with a scuba diver.  The scuba diver swims inside the aquarium and discusses the Kelp Forests and responds to questions from the audience.  A very informative and interactive experience for children of all ages.

World Of Life

The World Of Life exhibit was about the human body and healthy eating choice.  In addition, the exhibit featured live animals from their beginning stages to being born.  One of my favorite exhibits was the egg to baby chick display.  The yellow baby chicks looked really soft and cute.

Children Discover Room

*Child Zone: There are three discovery rooms for small children to toddler age to have fun and learn about science.

Creative World

A unique exhibit in the Creative World is the perception of fear, whether it’s earthquakes or free falling.  These technology exhibits focus on innovation to improve buildings structure and development.

Air & Space

The air and space exhibit is for anyone who loves airplanes and automobiles.  In front of the exhibit entrance, there are the space shuttle objects for close up inspection.  Throughout the exhibit informative information is given on our exploration of space.

Dining Options

There’s a grill, coffee bar, and a market located within the food court area.  Indoor and outdoor seating options are available.  I choose to go to the Grill and order a burger and french fries.

California Science Center, Burger and French Fries

The burger wasn’t heavily seasoned, and I made use the of Trimana aged pepper sauce.  The favorites from the Grill seemed to be the chicken strips and the fried fish basket.

Inside the Science Center, there are two gift shops available to purchase souvenirs.  The ExporaStore gift shop has fun and educational material for sale.  There are also really cool window displays with information about sustainability.

The second gift shop is geared towards the King Tut exhibit and is located underneath the main escalator.  I didn’t go inside this gift shop as I’ve seen a larger Egyptian exhibit previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Nearby Attractions

Exposition Park Rose Garden

Located adjacent to the food court is the Exposition Park Rose Garden.  The rose garden has beautiful blooming roses in a variety of colors.  In the center of the rose garden is a circular water fountain.  *If you’re looking to take Instagram pictures with roses as your background this is a great location.

Exposition Park Rose Garden

For more information on Exposition Park, Rose Garden check out the City Of Los Angeles L.A. Parks website.

Additional nearby attractions include the California African American Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The California Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.  It cost $12 dollars (cash) to park in the Science Center parking lot.  If you would like to find out more information check out their website at

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