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Discovery Cube Orange County

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Discovery Cube Orange County

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2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705-6600
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TimeTravelerAdventures wrote a review Feb 2020
Lake Forest, California225 contributions19 helpful votes
My grand daughter loves this place. The best thing is that they keep changing the exhibits so you go back a few times a year. BTW - it's also good for adults.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Chris Haigh wrote a review Jan 2020
Glendale, California8 contributions1 helpful vote
I don't think the Discovery Cube emphasizes enough that nearly every exhibit is a hands-on learning experience. This works perfectly for kids with short attention spans (e.g. all of them), as there is just the right amount of reading, and a hefty portion of doing to drive home each exhibit. We will be back again! Note that Museums on Us includes this museum, for B of A card holders (but still expect to pay full price for the kiddos).
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Date of experience: December 2019
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GWZ wrote a review Dec 2019
Los Angeles9 contributions16 helpful votes
We took our grand kids at the end of November. The big advertisement was a Gingerbread House competition and making gingerbread cookies for kids. It was not what we expected. They had a few gingerbread cookingclasses, all were pretty well booked. They did have cookie decorating, but only one person coordinating the event and could only handled 3-4 kids at a time. In addition, a lot of the exhibits throughout the Cube were not working or were for older children (8 years or higher). If you had a question, it was difficult to find someone to answer it for you. Overall, we were underwhelmed. I had always wanted to see what the Discovery Cube was all about. Now that I have been there, I have no desire to return.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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DrHickenlocher wrote a review Nov 2019
Irvine, California1,041 contributions304 helpful votes
We've recently completed the end of four years of annual family memberships as our kids are getting older, although we still plan to visit occasionally for free Bank of America museum days (Sundays on the first weekend of every month). Additionally, our memberships included the ASTC Travel Passport program, which we've used to visit other science museums around the country for free. It's a great deal for any local. Having visited so many other science museums, I truly believe Discovery Cube OC is one of the very best. It has a wide range of permanent exhibits that keep my kids enthralled and entertained, even after years of repeat visits, especially because of the high level of technology involvement. These aren't static displays with flipboards (although there are some of those). There's a tremendous amount of interaction to be had here, and I highly recommend it for anyone with elementary school-aged children. DinoQuest is aging and occasionally has some technical glitches, but its combination of Dinosaur scavenger hunt and wireless wand technology can capture a kid's attention and force you to stay there for hours on end completing every single mission. The Race to Recycle game is also a favorite for repeat over-and-over again. And the Discovery Market Eco Challenge with its barcode scanners and shopping carts likewise is an amazing blend of technology and education. They recently added a second film to the Helicopter Tour, which is like a scaled-down free version of Soarin' at Disney California Adventure. Now in addition to the Irvine Regional Parks flyover, there's a renewable energy flight that includes a quick trip to visit the dinosaurs! (Plus, memberships include visits to Discovery Cube LA, where their Helicopter Tour has two additional videos). And of course, there are the rotating exhibits like Hot Wheels, Lego, Superheroes, and seasonals like Spooky Science for Halloween and Science of Gingerbread that keep things interesting. There's always something new! Parking isn't free, unfortunately, but members can get annual parking passes. The on-site Bean Sprouts cafe is pretty expensive, to be honest. I miss the days when they had Taco Bell on site. But overall, a membership here is an extremely good value for the time you can spend here repeatedly. The ASTC Travel Passport is an AMAZING way to visit other places around the country. And even if you aren't a local, get your ASTC Travel Passport in your home city and come visit here!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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35ikm wrote a review Oct 2019
Irvine, California7 contributions2 helpful votes
I think the place is better for age 5 and up. My grandson is 3, so didn’t understand a lot of things. He mostly liked helicopter and dinosaur exhibitions.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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