Liz Cerezo: Discovery Cube OC’s Water Gallery

I think every kid in California knows about the severe water drought we’re having. It’s been all over the local news. It’s being taught in school and most of all, it should be enforced at home. My kids know about the drought from all my nagging. Yes, nagging. Our city has been under a strict water restriction for a while now and it’s only getting worse. Starting last month, we’re only allowed to water the lawn on Mondays. That’s it. Just one day. The lawns all over our neighborhood are getting brown and well, it’s a reality we all must face.

Learning about Water at Discovery Cube

The Water Gallery at Discovery Cube OC aims to give kids (and those kid at heart) a first hand experience about where our water comes from. From the water we drink and use on a daily basis, to how the fishies survive in the ocean. When you visit Discovery Cube, you’ll get a hands-on teaching when you visit The Water Lab’s exhibits. And today, we’re going to take a walk through and maybe learn a few things.

The Water lab exhibit takes a scientific look at water’s impact on our planet. Did you use water today? Did you do laundry? Brush your teeth? Have some coffee? Wash dishes? All of this was done with water. With the vast, interactive information on salt water, fresh water, frozen water, and water vapor, you and your kids will become water savvy before you know it.

Where the Fish Are

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Discovery Cube’s Water Gallery

Have you ever wondered how low a fish can go? The Fish and their Environment exhibit shows you exactly which fish can swim where. From deep sea fishes to shallow water fishes, this giant tablet-like exhibit invites you to touch and learn how fish live.

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Discovery Cube’s Water Gallery

See you in the Fog

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Discovery Cube’s Water Gallery

I think this exhibit is one of my favorites! My kids can play with “the ring of fog” as they like to call it, for a long time. What can you learn? Evaporation and Condensation. How high can the ring of fog go? Well, that’s all up to you! Have your kids learn about how water and vapor, and see which state they like the water most. liquid or vapor?

It’s all Sublime

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Discovery Cube’s Water Gallery

From a Solid to a Gas. Which is best. For me, this is one exhibit I can just watch forever. I mean, how can you not get excited about dry ice, right? Watching water go from a solid to a gaseous state is meh, whatever. But the way the dry ice drops and swirls in the water is so soothing and the act of sublimation leaves beautiful swirly trails.

Stay and Play

If you noticed, each exhibition is in English and Spanish. I love that. It gives the opportunity for others to learn too. Aside from these fun exhibits, you can also catch a mini-show “Aquavator” where you take a trip down, down down into the earth where you can see the different geological layers of our earth as you learn learning the science behind underground water aquifers. The Landscape and Interpreting Maps is also something pretty cool, but you have to have to keep an eye on your kids for this one. It’s not your typical sandbox. Here you’ll be able to study elevations and how water flows in high and low elevations.

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Discovery Cube’s Water Gallery

Don’t leave without testing your knowledge about how much water is the earth made up. I failed my first test. Darn! Then there’s the exhibit where you can learn about Geosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere. I think this one is more for you and me than the kids.

However you use water, please use it wisely. We must teach our little ones how to conserve something, we as humans, can’t live without.

For tickets, hours and directions, visit the Discovery Cube OC site. If you’re on social media, follow the fun on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!