A World of Fun Just for Kids!
Ball Wall 1
Ball Wall 2
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.