When the Discovery Science Center
first announced its Star Wars exhibit I was skeptical. After all it's a loooong haul to Santa Ana from L.A. But the more I heard about it, the more I was interested.
Finally a friend of mine convinced me to get buy a 'family pass
' to the museum. After all the Discovery Science Center does have an amazing annual Bubblefest that we like to attend - but what sold me was that family pass members could buy tickets to attend special "Jedi Nights
During Jedi Nights museum members get the run of the place
. Even though I go to a lot of amusement parks, I loathe crowds
, and the pass allows you to not only see all the exhibits privately but they offer up some pretty cool special events.
On this particular night the kids got to make their own lightsaber holsters. Never one to pass up crafts, this was a big hit.
They also got to do Jedi Training. THIS was the winner. Seeing as how the Baby has been overlooked every.single. time. we went to Jedi Training at Disneyland (grr) this was a no brainer. And finally he got to swing lightsabers with the best of them!
The Star Wars room was fantastic. Not only there were scale models and costumes on loan from Lucasfilm but they incorporated science and learning into the exhibits.
There was a make your own Lego station where you could build your own lego ship and push it along a magnetic track - essentially teaching kids about maglev trains.
Along the same idea of 'floating' aircrafts - they even had a hovercraft you could drive yourself! Seeing as how we had the exhibits to ourselves, the Baby got to 'drive' this thing about four times without waiting. Hurray for the Jedi Pass!
There was an exhibit about prosthetics in our everyday lives with both Luke and Anakin's robotic hands on display.
There were also games and many more 'build it' stations. Outside they touted a 'Ride on the Millenium Falcon.' We couldn't pass that up, but at $5 a person, I'm not sure it was really worth it. Though I did get this picture:
There were plenty of droids and costumed characters on hand who all lined up for an indoor parade, where the Baby led the way of course. And when Leia asked if there were 'any Sith Lords in the house' the Baby jumped up and down and screamed, 'Me! Me!' Should I be proud or frightened? Hm.
A lot of kids who attended came in costume and it was awesome to see a lot of little girls too. Many of them dressed in white Padme outfits carrying blasters. Kids were also allowed to bring their own lightsabers and we took full advantage of the opportunity.
My one beef is that the only food for sale at the museum is Taco Bell and seeing how I am anti-fast food this does not fly with me. Since that's the only option available, I brought food with us.
All in all the museum was beyond what I could have hoped for. The kids had plenty to do were never bored. And of course the best part was being able to do it all uninterrupted. That's my kind of museum visit.
We will definitely be back and even after the Star Wars exhibit is gone, the kids will be happy to visit the Discovery Center for many more events.
The Star Wars exhibit
runs from now until April 15th at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.
Labels: discovery science center, kids, museums, star wars