Sunday, October 10, 2010

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

A reflecting pond with lilies at Balboa Park

When growing up I used to love the days that we would go to Balboa Park, the cultural center of San Diego. In addition to the Spanish Colonial architecture and the San Diego Zoo, the Ruben H. Fleet Space Theater (as it was called decades ago) was a favorite part of the trip.

The magical effects of dry ice

Observing the effect of wind on the sand

I enjoyed it because the exhibit designers did a good job of making various science principles/phenomena interactive, fun, and easy to understand. The Reuben H. Fleet may be, in part, responsible for my interest in science & engineering later in life.

Making "BIG" smoke rings... without the tobacco

Making bubble rings

I'm by no means certain that our visit sparked Ronan or Nieve's interest in science, but I am sure they had fun exploring the place. There is a 'toddlers space' of primarily toys age appropriate for 3 year-olds, but Ronan spent most of his time with the exhibits intended for older children. Nieve spent most of her time sleeping.

Playing with acoustic experiments

1 comment:

Holly Teetzel said...

The Fleet continues to enthrall youngster of all ages! Stunning foto of the reflecting pond - picture perfect!