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Best Attractions For Little Scientists In Orange County

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Blasting rockets, exploring the weather, and marine science are just a few ways that little science lovers like to explore the world. Children can learn about science while walking on your local trail, visiting the tide pools or digging in your backyard dirt. Local museums and centers offer a wide variety of educational opportunities for children to learn about science in their state-of-the-art centers. Get your kids plastic goggles on, and get ready to bring them to the best science attractions for little science lovers in Orange County.

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Discovery Science Center
2500 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-2823

The Discovery Science Center is one of the largest science centers in Orange County for children to learn. Situated in a huge black cube, children visiting here can take part in a ton of fun activities including stepping into a hurricane simulator, laying on a bed of nails, flying a plane simulator, and learning about pretty much everything else. The two-story science center has something for children of all ages to enjoy and is always expanding to include new and upcoming exhibits. The science center offers homeschooling programs, educational workshops for parents and teacher resources.
Related: Guide To Orange County's Discovery Science Center

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Children's Museum at La Habra
301 S Euclid St
La Habra, CA 90631
(562) 905-9793

The Children's Museum at La Habra offers dozens of hands on exhibits for kids. From an outdoor dinosaur garden and historic cabooses, to nature walks, a science station where children can uncover fossils, to a model train village, there is literally something for any kid to enjoy. In addition, there are always changing exhibits. So, if you've been recently, come again and you may find some new surprises!

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Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900

Children can become anything they want when they step foot into the world of imagination at Pretend City Children's Museum. At this Irvine museum, children can learn about science while working at the farm, learn about wind changes while moving their boats through the indoor water river, and see what happens when colors blend together in the art studio. One of the main benefits of this museum is the ability for children to use their imagination and learn through actually doing. After all, their motto is that the "Pretend City Children's Museum builds better brains through whole body learning experiences, educational programs and creative exhibits."

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Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-2274

At Dana Point's Ocean Institute, children get to learn about the science of the ocean with the Institutes hands-on exhibits and educational programs. The center offers educational cruises and classes for families that are sure to put some curiosity into your child's mind. Once your children step foot into the Ocean Institute, they will be immersed in a world of undersea adventure where they can touch various sea life, learn about the evolving ocean from the staff, and step into a world rich in science.

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600 E Bay Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-8915

ExplorOcean Science Center in Newport Beach is one of the finer institutes which inspires a generation of children to learn about the oceans and the science under the sea. With various hands-on exhibits, children will get to explore and be educated. There's even a touch tank where kids can feel underwater creatures! The museum will not only educate children about marine science but will also teach them about conservation.

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