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August 12, 2013

In blogging about this SoCal region we all love, we have received numerous comments, emails and tweets from visitors who share our passion for O.C. With so many fans of the area, we thought we'd mix it up a bit and post stories from other bloggers who have visited Orange County and want to share their experiences." 

Our second blog in this series is from Heather Riccobono, an Arizona resident who recently visited O.C. with her family. Here is Heather's O.C. experience at Discovery Science Center:" 

My family and I live in Arizona but we spend a lot of our weekends and vacation time in Southern California. We frequently drive in for long weekends and sometimes make spontaneous decisions for short road trips. Our daughter is four years old and for the past few years we have been noticing the Discovery Science Center from the freeway in Santa Ana. The notable cube has caught our attention and we have been planning to visit for quite some time. During our most recent stay in Anaheim we made some time to spend the day at the Discovery Science Center.

While we were there, we were able to see the Da Vinci '€“ The Genius and Da Vinci Jr. exhibits."  Da Vinci'€™s Workshop is currently on display at the Science Center now through September 8, 2013 and whether you are a fan yourself or have children who love to learn, I would strongly suggest attending this great exhibit. It is the most complete and comprehensive traveling display ever created about Leonardo da Vinci. In Da Vinci'€™s Workshop, children are able to learn about history, art and science while experiencing the fully interactive exhibit. I am fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci and I enjoyed getting to watch my daughter learn about the amazing inventor." " 

Our visit to the Science Center began in Da Vinci'€™s Workshop.

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

All of the hands-on activities presented great learning opportunities. My daughter and husband spent a significant amount of time creating architecture with the building blocks.

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

I enjoyed reading all the fun facts and answering my daughter'€™s questions as we spent time in the Workshop.

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

The drawing activities led to an art discussion and provided the opportunity to discuss Leonardo da Vinci'€™s amazing sketches."  My daughter was very intrigued and was sure she could complete the other half of the Mona Lisa perfectly.

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

We are a competitive family and had a fun time racing to complete a maze while using the mirror as a guide. This was certainly challenging for my daughter initially, but after a few attempts she was asking if we could install a similar mirror in her play room at home.

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

Next we moved into the Da Vinci The Genius exhibit. We saw models of many of Da Vinci'€™s inventions and read about his amazing history." 

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

The replicas of Da Vinci'€™s were was incredible.

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

Throughout the exhibit there are plenty of hands on and interactive experiences for children."  My daughter was fascinated by the wall of gears." 

Discovery Science Center Da Vinci exhibit

Seeing the Da Vinci exhibits was a great way to spend family time together while visiting a spectacular science center that has been on our to-do list for years. We easily could have spent an entire day exploring the museum for our first visit." 

Be sure to allow plenty of time for your Discovery Science Center visit. The science center is located directly off of the 5 Freeway. We had no difficulty getting there, following driving directions from the Discovery Science Center website. Parking is onsite and currently costs $4 per vehicle but is free of charge to members. If you are visiting from out of state and already have a membership to your own local science center, you might qualify for free admission through the Association of Science Technology Centers (ATSC) Travel Passport Program. The program provides free admission to participating science centers all over the world."  We have a family membership to the Arizona Science Center and were able to visit the Discovery Science Center with no admission fee.

Spending several hours at the Discovery Science Center was a great experience and our family will definitely visit again.