Pattie Cordova: Extreme Dinosaurs Exhibit at Discovery Cube OC

We spent our Saturday morning checking out the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Discovery Cube OC – and it’s as awesome as they say it is!

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The exhibit is set up like a walk around a dinosaur park. There’s a pathway that leads you through dinosaurs on either side of the path. Along the way, you’ll also see real and replica fossils, a full size skeleton, a dig site for kids and spots for hands-on learning.extreme-dinosaurs-exhibit-fun-facts fossile-replica-extreme-dinosaurs-exhibit full-size-skeleton-extreme-dinosaurs-exhibit extreme-dinosaurs-fossils

 

The full size animatronic dinosaurs are the best though. They HUGE… seriously big. And you get to control some of them! There’s displays with buttons that control a certain part of the corresponding dinosaur. This was my favorite part of the whole exhibit because it goes beyond just looking at dinosaurs on display.extreme-dinosaurs-traveling-exhibit

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And of course, there are SO many photo opportunities! The lighting in the exhibit is perfect, and you really can’t get a bad shot.

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If you have dinosaur lovers at home, I highly recommend you visit this exhibit. Note that because it is a really well-lit space and the dinosaurs are life size, the little ones might get a little freaked out. See the picture above? My kid was shaking as he posed for the picture. Funny, but still…

 

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Visit Extreme Dinosaurs at Discovery Cube OC now through September 5th. It is located on the first floor by the gift shop.  Entry into the exhibit is included with your Discovery Cube admission or with your Discovery Cube membership. I would recommend you visit early in the morning, or late in the afternoon because Summer will bring about a lot of school groups.

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Visit DiscoveryCube.org/oc/exhibits/extremedinosaurs for more information on the exhibit. And if you want a visual tour – check out my Facebook LIVE video below. We did a walking tour of the exhibit during our visit.

WATCH: Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Discovery Cube OC

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Jill Parkin: Extreme Dinosaurs at Discovery Cube

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I’ve got a couple of dinosaur lovers at home who were really excited to hear about the new exhibit that has come to Discovery Cube OC. it’s called Extreme Dinosaurs, and it will be at the Cube from May 28th – September 5th, 2016.  of course we headed over to check it out a few weeks ago, and it didn’t disappoint. the life-sized animatronic dinosaurs were amazing and HUGE!!!! this wing of Discovery Cube OC has been transformed into naturalistic landscape with 17 fantastic animatronic dinosaurs that can roar, snarl, move their limbs and more.

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It was great to enjoy a fun afternoon at Discovery Cube OC. late afternoons mean smaller crowds, and most of the school groups have headed home, so we practically had the exhibit to ourselves. we were able to step into the prehistoric world and observe some of the most unique creatures that have ever walked the earth at the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit.  it’s a very family-friendly exhibit that transports you back to the Mesozoic Era to showcase the world’s strangest dinosaurs with life-size animatronic dinosaurs along side full-scale skeletons and real and replica fossils.

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The dinosaurs look so real, and the boys really enjoyed reading facts about each of them. some of the dinosaurs have buttons that make them move or make noises. the exhibition features some of the newest, bizarre dinosaur finds from the current “Golden Age” of paleontology, so it was fun to see some dinosaurs that we aren’t as familiar with.

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In addition to the life-size dinosaur animatronic models, there are also life-sized skeletons, a variety of real and replica fossils, the exhibition features interactive activities including a children’s dig site for young paleontologists to explore. there are also “Make Me Move” consoles that boy were able to  initiate movement of the animatronics, and hands-on learning areas that have touch panels and a Dinosaur Detective quiz. it’s all very educational….but very fun too!

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We really enjoyed the Extreme Dinosaur exhibit, and if your kids love dinosaurs, i recommend taking a trip to Discovery Cube OC before it is gone. there are also lots of other great exhibits to enjoy, especially with the expansion.

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We will definitely be taking another trip back to visit this guy….he was our favorite, and was even able to scare me for a second. the boys would love to see that again!

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Laura Clark: Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails

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Thomas & Friends are pulling into a new station, as the super kid-friendly exhibit makes its way to Discovery Cube Los Angeles from now through April 26.

Whether it’s climbing into Thomas’ cab, moving trains around various tracks, placing (rubber-foam) coal onto a conveyor belt, kids will have lots of fun interacting with this very hands-on part of the museum.

Will and I had the chance to check out “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails” at the relatively new Discovery Cube LA, and my little boy was in train heaven! He made a beeline for the train tables, which were just his size.

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He also loved climbing onto Thomas, sorting luggage and climbing onto pint-sized train cars. Discovery Cube LA staff was even on hand to help with crafts such as coloring and gluing shapes onto paper so kids could make their own trains. There was also a place for kids to sit, relax and watch clips from the show, and for parents to learn a little bit more of Thomas’ origins.

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You might remember our trip down to Discovery Cube Orange County for that “Thomas & Friends” exhibit. This one is the same — or very similar. It’s just at a new location, which is great because it means Will has more opportunities to hang with his favorite tank engine.

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Also, I’m eager to check out Discovery Cube LA. The museum opened in November 2014 in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. It’s huge, with more than 71,000 square feet of interactive, science-based exhibits. It promotes STEM proficiency and early learning.

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In fact, I can’t wait to take CC so she can see the museum for herself. She really enjoyed the OC version and has asked and asked … and asked(!) … to go back.

Laura Clark: Getting Eco-Educated at Discovery Cube Los Angeles’ Inspector Training Course

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While summertime might mean lazy days at the pool or lounging on the couch with a great read, another fun option is to head over to Discovery Cube Los Angeles for a little science- and eco-friendly fun.

We made a special trip to check out the science museum’s Inspector Training Course, an exhibit that features a replica house and a hands-on game that has kids and grown-ups alike learning how to conserve energy and resources at home.

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Will and CC loved being in charge of their own touch pads — aka inspector belts — that they picked up just outside the house. The trivia-based scavenger-hunt game is super kid-friendly and even offers different options, depending on the age of the child. (Will was in the under-5 category.)

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CC sizes up the available games.

Once the kids got their pads and selected their age group and games, they were off and running. First, Will had to find the rain barrel that collects rain water to be used for watering plants or grass. That way, we don’t waste water (especially in a drought!).

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The game has kids exploring different spaces in the house, sending them searching for items in places like the kitchen, garage, bathroom and back yard. After that, they answer trivia questions about everything from low-pressure shower heads and low-flow toilets to how much energy different light bulbs use. It’s really a cool game and makes everyone reconsider just how much energy they use.

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Will loved pushing the button that made the shower splash (recycled) water.

The realism and hands-on aspect of the game makes it extra-fun for kids while also giving them a real-world example of how things like shower heads work. (Part of me also kind of wanted to live in this house, mainly because there was no clutter!)

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We find out which bulb uses the most energy to light up.

While I spent most of my time walking around with Will and reading out the questions for him (he is only 3 after all), CC was able to be independent and search out her own clues. And they were both thrilled to become Super Inspectors after the game. I love that Discovery Cube celebrates kids’ successes by placing their digital pictures on the wall. Great thinking!

We were also able to connect what we learned at the Inspector Training Course with what we’re doing at home to be eco-friendly:

* We have a recycling bin right next to the trash can, and the kids have learned what’s trash and what can be re-used.

* We donate clothes and books every month, so that other kids can re-use what CC and Will have outgrown.

* We have an adorable air plant that CC has named Prince. He requires literally a spray of water per week.

* We turn off the water while we’re brushing our teeth.

* And we buy energy-efficient light bulbs, have low-flow toilets and low-pressure shower heads.

What a great experience for the family!

Jessica Fuselier: Planetary Research Station at Discovery Cube!

Come research the planet at the Planetary Research Station, where science matters at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

We are lovers of science in our house. When our family visits the Discovery Cube Los Angeles, I know that my child is going to get exciting, hands-on learning at a museum that’s packed with fun exhibits. They kids can run around and touch everything, do experiments, watch informative videos and participate in really cool activities!

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Today I’m going to focus on one exhibit in particular. Planetary Research Station is a great place to sit down, relax and learn a little something about how to help our planet. The display is a huge globe that is suspended in mid-air. This unique view of earth, is sure to catch your child’s eye. Take a journey of our world at this interactive attraction, to learn about changing weather patterns, air quality, climate change, and what we can all do to make a difference.

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Global warming is a real thing and it’s important to talk to our kids about it. Not just that it’s an issue, but how they can do their part to help out our world. If everyone around the world did a little bit extra to conserve resources and keep our air clean, it would add up to a giant effect. It’s nice to know that the Discovery Cube is doing their part to educate the public, especially children on what they can do to help the earth.

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There are many simple ways to encourage your family to make conservation a way of life.
Saving electricity – Turn the lights off when you leave the room.
Water conservation – Turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth and take shorter showers.
Recycling – Sort out your trash and recycle into bins labeled, plastic, paper and recycle.
Ride sharing – Carpool to school, the park or even to your next trip to The Cube. Take your bike when doing local errands around your community.
Get the conversation started in your home!

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So make sure that next time you visit Discovery Cube, you stop in at the Planetary Research Station. Spark the curiosity within your children and turn them into crusaders for our planet! Our future earth will thank you!

Jasmine Forte: Grab a Cart and Get Shopping at Discovery Cube!

Grab a cart and get shopping at the Discovery Market in Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

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The Discovery Market is a fun grocery store game where you’re the shopper and your grocery list is the challenge. Grab your shopping cart and aim your scanner as you race down the aisles of the Discovery Market.

Once you’ve selected your challenge, your shopping list will guide you through the market. Choose your items wisely and you will be rewarded.

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When you complete your challenge and successfully select every item on your shopping list, you’ll head over to the checkout area. Your score will be calculated and if you made healthy, Earth-friendly choices, your reward is an awesome photo of yourself up on the Super Shoppers Wall of Fame!

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The Discovery Market is one of our most favorite exhibits at Discovery Cube LA. My kids always have a blast completing their challenge. This exhibit is both educational and fun and as a parent that is a definite plus. Getting their picture up for everyone in the museum to see isn’t too shabby either!

For more on our adventures at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, visit:

Helicopter Tours at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!
Ready, Set, Explore at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!
Discover the Science of Gingerbread!
Halloween Fun with Spooky Science!
Meet Curious George at Discovery Cube LA!
Beat the Heat at Discovery Cube Los Angeles & Hansen Dam!
A Summer of Discovery at Discovery Cube LA!

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Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342

Kara Noel Lawson: Extreme Dinosaurs at Discovery Cube!

Walking into the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit is like stepping back into time. There are 17 HUGE animatronic dinos… dinos that won’t eat you up. The whole exhibit feels like you are in a rain forest with plants and trees around the realistic dinos.

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The kids felt like they were in Jurassic Park. I wish I could convey in this post how big the dinosaurs actually are in person. I felt like all our prehistoric lessons were coming to life for the kids. I actually saw the spark of understanding as we read each sign and looked at the huge animatronic beasts.

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One of the dinosaurs is so big they had to “bury” the feet so he would fit in the room. It was the T-Rex and it was glorious.

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There are interactive features as well!

You can control your own dinosaur from a console (check out Cy controlling one in this video) or become a paleontologist and discover dinosaur fossils.

Shelby Barone: Extreme Dinosaurs Have Stormed into Discovery Cube OC

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Do your kids love Dinosaurs? Then you’ll not want to miss bringing them to see the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. The interactive exhibit immerses children into a prehistoric world where dinosaurs come to life right before your eyes.

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When we first visited the exhibit, my son was in awe. As we first stepped foot into the exhibit, the dinosaurs began to come to life. They were moving, growling, and roaring. It was thrilling to watch the realistic dinosaurs come to life. There are a couple of stations where my son was able to push a button to bring particular dinosaurs to life along with detailed descriptions of each dinosaur on exhibit.

 

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We spent hours reading about the different dinosaurs and exploring the unique fossils and skeletons that were on exhibit. There was so much about the prehistoric era that I didn’t know until bringing my son to see this exhibit. Along with the 17 animated dinosaurs, fossils and skeletons, there was a fossil dig. Children had a blast role-playing as an archaeologist while using a small paint brush to carefully dust off the fossils covered by sand on tables.

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Once we were done exploring the Extreme Dinosaur exhibit, my son spent hours learning about engineering in the Hands-On Harley Davidson exhibit, and then we had a healthy snack at Bean Sprouts Cafe. Extreme Dinosaurs will only be at Discovery Cube OC until September 5th.

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Discovery Cube OC is located at 2500 N Main Street in Santa Ana. They are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.

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Jasmine Forte: Ready, Set, Explore at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

A Summer full of adventure awaits you at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!
Two amazing new exhibits launched at Dicovery Cube LA on May 28th. Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore! and SPEED: Science in Motion.
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Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore! is located downstairs next to Bean Sprouts and it is one of the most interactive and exciting exhibits the museum has to offer. With so many bright colors and familiar characters, this educational play area is going to be your child’s favorite place to explore.
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There is so much for kids to do in this exhibit. We literally spent a couple hours just running from one area to the other then back to the first area again!
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Here are all of the interactive worlds within the exhibit:
The Purple Planet
Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.
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Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.
Constellations
On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light up a constellation.
Isa’s Flowery Garden
Dora’s friend Isa the Iguana demonstrates how to take care of flowers, plants, and animals. Preschool visitors can tour Isa’s Garden to pick flowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings. Even the littlest visitors will enjoy smelling the flowery scents and picking soft-fabric posies.
Tico’s Tree and Car
Dora is a good friend to Tico the squirrel and visitors are invited to be a good friend to Tico too. Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic. Children can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket. Visitors can also help Tico fill up his car with nuts so he can begin his journey!
Pirate Ship
In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew and dress like a pirate to pretend-play along sailing the ship and divvying up the treasure. Visitors can raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.
Animal Rescue Center
Young children practice caring and helping rainforest animals in Diego’s Animal Rescue Center. Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer, like Diego, as they diagnose and address an animal’s problem from the “Scanner” bed, bandage and apply cold packs at the “First-Aid Station,” and bathe stuffed animals at the “Care Station.”
Rainforest Maze
Preschoolers will explore a rainforest to locate rainforest animals. Active play is encouraged as children swing across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawl through a fallen tree, climb across Jaguar Mountain, and jump or hop across the River Rocks.
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Once we pulled the kids away from this exhibit, we went upstairs to experience Speed: Science in Motion! The sound of cheering literally filled the air when we walked into this hands-on, action-packed exhibit!
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Speed takes thrill seekers right to a Formula 1 race track, complete with pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments.
The Workshop –Explore the science behind Formula One cars and learn about the engines, aerodynamics, and motion.
The Fitness Testing Area – Drivers can test their skill levels using anticipation, reaction time, peripheral vision and heart rate exhibits to see if they have what it takes to become a professional Formula One driver.
The Race Track – Trainee drivers can test their driving skills in a race simulator, change a tire under Formula One conditions, or compete against another driver in a virtual race.
My boys immediately rushed to the virtual race track and challenged each other for the title of CHAMP! The girls loved the race simulator and wouldn’t even give me turn. I think I called “NEXT” three times before giving up!
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The workshop was just as exciting! We learned how to change a tire under pressure in a fact-paced environment. We also learned about the gears and how they change during a race as well as velocity vs. distance.
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This exhibit was a hit with our kids as well as my niece and sister in law. We can’t wait to come back all Summer long. Hopefully, next time I will actually get a turn at the race simulator!
Be sure to visit Discovery Cube Los Angeles this Summer and experience these great exhibits. You can explore with Dora & Diego until September 18, 2016 and Speed’s final lap will be on September 11, 2016.
 
For more on our adventures at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, visit:
 
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Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342
 
 Disclosure: As a Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador, I was compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Stacy Molter: Discovery Cube LA Opens New Exhibits

This past weekend Discovery Cube LA debuted not one, but two brand new exhibits geared towards children of all ages to enhance their natural curiosity and imagination about the world around them. The two new exhibits, Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore! and SPEED: Science in Motion, run now through early September 2016.

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See also: Take an Educational, Science Based Field Trip to Discovery Cube LAThe Perfect Summer Day Trip to Discovery Cube LA and Hansen Dam Recreation Area

And, if science is your thing, sign up for Discovery Cube LA’s summer camp to take advantage of all that their inventive exhibits have to offer!

DISCOVERY CUBE LA OPENS NEW EXHIBITS

DORA AND DIEGO: LET’S EXPLORE!

Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! takes visitors on an active adventure in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer with her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends. Explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew to uncover pirate treasure, and help baby animals in the Rainforest Maze.

  • The Purple Planet – Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.
  • Rocket Ship – Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.
  • Constellations – On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light up a constellation.

Take a tour of the new Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore! exhibit below.

Don’t miss our children’s favorite busy time activity of helping Tico gather nuts.

 

And of course, climbing Jaguar mountain.

Zumba with Dora – Get Fit with Dora June 4 – 5, 2016

Don’t miss your chance to dance with Dora the Explorer during Zumba with Dora – Get Fit Weekend sponsored by Anthem Bluecross. Join Dora and a certified Zumba instructor for the ultimate Zumba dance session at the Cube. Make your way through the Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore! exhibit and then learn about healthy living by having fun and staying active with dancing.

Join the dance session June 4 – June 5 at 1:45pm, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm.

SPEED: SCIENCE IN MOTION

Rev up your engines during SPEED: Science in Motion at Discovery Cube LA from May 28 to September 11, 2016. SPEED replicates the high-octane action of the Formula 1 race track, complete with pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments. This immersive experience is designed to unravel the cutting edge science and technology behind professional motor sports. Visitors can challenge themselves through hands-on exhibits and displays, to see if they have the skills, fitness and reactions to race at over 200km/hour.

Visitors can explore three areas to test their skills and learn what it takes to become a Formula One racer. Exhibit areas include:

  • The Workshop –Explore the science behind Formula One cars and learn about the engines, aerodynamics, and motion.
  • The Fitness Testing Area – Drivers can test their skill levels using anticipation, reaction time, peripheral vision and heart rate exhibits to see if they have what it takes to become a professional Formula One driver.
  • The Race Track – Trainee drivers can test their driving skills in a race simulator, change a tire under Formula One conditions, or compete against another driver in a virtual race.

Take a tour of the new SPEED: Science in Motion exhibit below.

You can even have a fun little competition on the pedal cars.

 

ABOUT DISCOVERY CUBE LA

Discovery Cube LA is located at 11800 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91342. To learn more about Discovery Cube LA, their location and hours, and their current events, visit http://la.discoverycube.org/.

We were invited by Discovery Cube LA to be an official Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador. Portions of the material and expenses for this event have been provided courtesy of Discovery Cube LA. All opinions are our own.