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Best Attractions For Little Scientists In OC

September 16, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

Blasting rockets, exploring the weather, and marine science are just a few ways that little science lovers like to explore the world. Children can learn about science while walking on your local trail, visiting the tide pools or digging in your backyard dirt. Local museums and centers offer a wide variety of educational opportunities for children to learn about science in their state-of-the-art centers. Get your kids plastic goggles on, and get ready to bring them to the best science attractions for little science lovers in Orange County.

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

Discovery Science Center

2500 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92705

The Discovery Science Center is one of the largest science centers in Orange County for children to learn. Children can lay on a bed of nails, fly a plane simulator or step inside of a simulated tornado. The two-story science center has something for children of all ages to enjoy. The science center offers homeschooling programs, educational workshops for parents and teacher resources.

(credit: La Habra Children's Museum)

(credit: La Habra Children’s Museum)

Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 South Euclid Street
La Habra, CA 90631

The Children’s Museum at La Habra is currently going through a full renovation, and will re-open with a whole new facility on Oct. 2, and a new exhibit “Egypt: Land of Ancients.” Children can become a paleontologist for the day while digging for dinosaur bones, learning about environmental issues and more in their interactive science station. The museum reopens Oct. 2.

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

Pretend City Children’s Museum

29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Children can become anything they want when they step foot into the world of imagination at Pretend City Children’s Museum. Children can learn about science while working at the farm, learn about wind changes while moving their boats through the indoor water river, and see what happens when colors blend together in the art studio. Children use their imagination and learn through play at Pretend City Children’s Museum.

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

Children can learn about the science of the ocean with the Ocean Institutes hands-on exhibits and educational programs. The center offers educational cruises and classes for families. Once your children step foot into the Ocean Institute, they will be immersed in a world of undersea adventure. Children can touch various sea life, learn about the evolving ocean from the staff, and step into a world rich in science.

(credit: ExplorOcean)

(credit: ExplorOcean)


600 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Children can explore the science of under the sea at the ExplorOcean Science Center. ExplorOcean has hands-on exhibits for children to explore the various exhibits including a touch tank. The museum will not only educate children about marine science but will also teach them about conservation.

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Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @OCMomBlog.

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