While visiting my parents in Whittier, we decided to take the kids to the Discovery Cube in Orange County. We didn’t even know it…but NOW through May 10th they are hosting LEGO Travel Adventure. As soon as Logan saw the LEGO sign on the cube he couldn’t wait to get inside. He knew there would be LEGOs to play with!
We started our adventure off by watching The Little Prince in 4D (the cost is $3 per person). It was a small, intimate theater…and we got to sit in the center of the theater (a perfect place to view the movie). This movie was a short film staring The Little Prince in an extraordinary adventure. With his friend, the fox, they travel through many worlds trying to find his rose.
After the movie we headed directly to the LEGO area. Kids (and adults) can embark on a travel adventure with LEGO at the Discovery Cube Orange County!
How do you like to travel? You can go anywhere over land, sea, and air by creating extraordinary vehicles to take you where you want to go! To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, you need to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all types of terrain, including mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts and more!
Kids can join the fun with the hands-on features of this exhibit:
- Create vehicles of all shapes and sizes that will drive, fly or float through exotic terrains
- Suit-up as a pilot, ship captain, or racecar driver to find inspiration for your vehicle
- Check out a display of vehicles made from LEGO bricks, including a spaceship, boat, motorcycle, and more
- Build a vehicle with pieces from popular LEGO sets
- Take a photo with a kid-sized racecar made from LEGO® Duplo® blocks
- Take the “Travel Challenge” to build a virtual LEGO vehicle that will travel through lava, swamps, rivers, and oceans
- View creations by LEGO Master Builders, including recreations of the driving of the Gold Spike in the Transcontinental Railroad, the Building of the first Model T, and the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk.
Where will you go? What will you build? How will you get there? I know Logan will be building as soon as we get home!
Once we were able to get Logan away from the LEGOs, we explored the rest of the Discovery Cube. There are over 100 hands-on, interactive exhibits for the kids to explore…and soon there will be MORE! Discovery Cube is expanding! Logan and Kira both enjoyed the hockey exhibit. Kira even tried her skills as a goalie. Personally, I liked being in the wind tunnel with Kira and experiencing a hurricane!
For over 25 years, Discovery Cube Orange County, previously Discovery Science Center, has been a non-profit organization that inspires and educates young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits to create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve.
Throughout the year, guests can take the Eco Challenge and become green superheros or feel the power of a simulated rocket engine launch. Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Spooky Science and Bubblefest ensure that there is always something new to discover.
In 2012, the Cube was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, call (714) 542-CUBE or visit www.discoverycube.org/
We ended our trip on a Dino Quest!
Inside Dino Quest, players become “research assistants,” complete with research transmitters, and receive challenge quests from the scientists at Dino Quest Headquarters. Players search throughout the exhibit for answers to the research missions and, using the infrared transmitter, communicate back to scientists worldwide when they think they have found the answer.
Once we found our 5 tracks, the kids received a wooden coin as a congratulations for solving the challenge.
We spent a good 3 hours at the Discovery Cube. We would have stayed longer, but the kids got hungry.
Tips for Parents:
Let your child be in the lead. This is an experience for them! There is NO rush to finish it all. Take your time and allow your child the chance to explore.
Eat before you go! We went around 11:00, and the kids were starving by noon. They have a small gift shop with a few snack items…but next time we will eat lunch beforehand, then play and explore.
Tips for Teachers:
Credentialed teachers who are members of our Teacher Education Network get free general admission every day! Simply log on to discoverycube.org/ten to register and download your teacher admission ticket. Please note that valid credentials (ID/badge or pay stub and valid ID) are required to verify current teacher status. Identification must have current year listed. Benefits do not apply to school visits or sleepovers.
Disclosure: I did NOT receive any compensation for this post. I just thought you would like to hear about my family’s travel experience.