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Rocky Mountain Express [IMAX]All aboard! Rocky Mountain Express will propel you on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies, highlighting the adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. Retracing the original route aboard...
Cosmic Collisions [Digital]The new digital show Cosmic Collisions launches you on a thrilling trip through space and time to explore the astronomical impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. From subatomic particles to the largest galaxies, cosmic...
Flight of the Butterflies [IMAX]Join the Most Incredible Migration on EarthThe iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. It weighs less than a penny, yet it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. In Flight of the...
To The Arctic [IMAX]An Extraordinary Journey to the Top of the WorldThe documentary adventure “To The Arctic” tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs...
The Instrument That ROCKED the WorldStarting December 20th, the Fleet Science Center will ROCK you! The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. This rockin’ exhibition explores all facets of the world’s favorite musical instrument, from its history as an instrument...
Science and art intersect in a new exhibit, where glass tubing, gas bottles, bubbling liquids and zapping electricity form a working science experiment and a work of art. The famous experiments carried out by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey at the...
Comets, Meteors, AsteroidsThe new exhibition, Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids, will make its West Coast debut here at the Fleet January 19, 2013, through June 11, 2013. The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture....
Get Your Hands On ScienceOur Main Gallery exhibition combines some of our all-time favorites with exciting interactive exhibits from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. This collection features opportunities to explore mechanics, motion, math, hearing, electricity and many other...
The First Monday of Each MonthThe first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, an IMAX film, and educational programming on the quietest day of the month for only $7! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. Afternoon Scholars: A...
That's Hot: The Fleet's Summer SizzlerOur next Science on the Rocks party is coming up! That's Hot: The Fleet's Summer Sizzler will be held Thursday, June 13. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center celebrates the season of tank tops and flip flops in style at the next fun-filled Science...
Fleet volunteers and interns come from all different backgrounds, each with their own unique skills and expertise. What they have in common is their curiosity, love of learning, enthusiasm, and dedication to creating an excellent guest experience. In...
Flight of the ButterfliesThe Flight of the Butterflies photo contest encourages San Diego residents to submit their best photos of butterflies in Balboa Park and the greater San Diego region. Prizes include a three-piece butterfly luggage set (value: $860) and tickets to see...
Public Nierman Challenger MissionHead to Mars With Your Family or Friends! Voyage to Mars in the year 2076 to replace a crew working at Chryse Station, a permanent research base on the Martian surface. In addition to continuing research of the exciting planet, you’ll calculate...
Impossible RailwaysNew! Dome Discussion Impossible Railways IMAX Film & Lecture Featuring Dr. Reena Deutsch This is a special event. No member vouchers, discounts, or coupons may be used. Enjoy a special screening of Rocky Mountain Express on Thursday, April 18,...
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A World of Fun Just for Kids!
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Light Block Exploration
Fun in Kid City
“Kid City” is an exciting world of fun within the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, designed especially for kids age 5 and under!
The excitement starts at the “Ball Wall” with its multiple chutes, tracks and moving objects. Nearby kids can direct an air blower in different directions to make musical sounds or send a set of colorful pinwheels rotating round-and-round.
The “Little Learner’s Lab” features a space for deeper exploration of objects of varying shape, size and texture. For young children still in the crawling stage, the infant area is a safe space for babies to move about and explore soft, sloped, and bumpy surfaces. The “Fire Truck” is a fun place for kids to turn different knobs and mimic levers similar to those found on a real fire truck. The city-street layout throughout the exhibition teaches street safety in a fun and interactive way!
Kids can hop in the driver’s seat of the new fire truck, or turn multiple levers to mimic the knobs found on a real fire truck.
Just for crawlers! This special infant-only area for children still in the crawling stage provides a safe space for exploring a variety of surfaces.
Multiple chutes, tracks, and moving objects are a source of excitement and awe for the young visitors. Children can explore the physics of movement and cause and effect as they turn various cranks for different reactions.
Kids will love climbing through the four level of the Factory, or working to fit various shaped blocks through corresponding holes.
Kids can weigh, sort, match, compare, and sell “fruit” and “vegetables” of various shapes, colors, and sizes. They’ll have fun filling their shopping cart as they learn basic math concepts. An interactive nutrition model also teaches children the importance of making healthy food choices. A delivery vehicle provides the opportunity for loading and unloading their groceries and produce.
Little Learner’s Lab
The “Young Explorer” computer station feature age-appropriate computer games that teach math, science, and reading skills. Kids can also explore a variety of topics from up close exploration of objects to hands-on fun with discovery kit activities led by museum exhibit ambassadors.
Spell it out! Kids can spell words, count numbers and make designs with magnetic letters and numbers.
Kids can stack’em up or knock’em down! Toddlers can peek out of windows and doors in the open-roofed miniature houses.
This exhibition is made possible by generous gifts and grants from the Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation, the Nierman Family Fund at the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, and a sponsorship from ScholarShare College Savings Plan.
Nierman Challenger Learning Center
The Nierman Challenger Learning Center at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a part of a growing network of centers worldwide that are being established by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in memory of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger.