A Day in Orange County

Just before Christmas, we took a trip to Disneyland. I love Disneyland at Christmas time. It’s so magical! We stayed in a hotel the night before and the night after we went because, 1. it was cheap (a friend let us buy some of her timeshare), and 2. it’s nice to not have to travel on the day you visit the park. Since we were still in Orange County, I thought I would look for something fun to do the next day. I have always wanted to check out the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana so we decided that would be our destination for the day. First we stopped at Kohl’s for toys because they were having a toy drive and offering free admission for those who brought new toys. Because we got off to a bit of a late start, we didn’t make it to the museum until the afternoon. I wished we had gotten there earlier because we really could have spent a lot more time there. We had a great time! The kids loved it.

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We didn’t visit the Indiana Jones exhibit. I don’t think there would have been time anyway. There were a lot of great exhibits inside. My favorite was the hockey exhibit. Maybe it’s my Canadian heritage, but it was a lot of fun.

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We could dress up in goalie gear and try to block pucks being shot at us.

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We also had a chance to make virtual shots and in another spot we could pretend to ice skate and see how fast we could go.

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There was a zamboni that the kids could climb on and a number of other exciting things.

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There was also a shopping area. The kids really loved pushing around the shopping carts and scanning things.

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Each area of the “grocery store” had different question asking about how we could be more “green.” Then at the end, the kids could check out and earn a coin. That was The Girls favorite part.

The Boy loved going outside to pretend to be a paleantologist. We could choose a Dino Quest and were given an infared transmitter, which we used to find answers to clues on a scavenger hunt. There was one for all ages and abilities.

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There was also a giant Argentinosaurus that taught how systems in the body work. We could walk through and see and manipulate different organs. It was educational and fun. That area was all outside, so it got a bit chilly, especially that day.

Outside in “the cube” was a rocket and all sorts of information on rockets and how they work. They have a real rocket booster engine where visitors can experience a simulated rocket launch.

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Just inside from the rocket lab is the Bob The Builder area for the smaller tykes. The Boy had a great time there too.

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We had a really great time. I’m so glad we were finally able to check out this great museum! It was lots of fun and very educational for all ages. I hope we go back one of these days!

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