Discover The Valley’s New Children’s Museum

By Michael Berick

Very soon, real children will be visiting The Discovery Cube Los Angeles. PHOTO COURTESY DISCOVERY SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Very soon, real children will be visiting The Discovery Cube Los Angeles. PHOTO COURTESY DISCOVERY SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The story of Southern California’s newest children’s museum is something like a fairy tale. Once upon a time, back when your parents were kids, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles gave kids a place to play in downtown L.A. It was closed so that a bigger children’s museum could be built at the Hansen Dam Recreational Area in the San Fernando Valley. But the Big Bad Economy held the project hostage for years until a gallant knight from the south (The Santa Ana-based Discovery Science Center) rescued the museum.

This month, the new children’s museum – named The Discovery Cube Los Angeles – will open. The 71,000-square-foot facility will offer an engaging array of hands-on exhibits and learning spaces. Visitors can view Southern California like never before on the one-of-a-kind Helicopter Adventure or explore the Earth at the Planetary Research Station. The L.A. Bureau of Sanitation and the Department of Water & Power will co-sponsor educational exhibits. Other areas of the museum feature fun ways for kids to learn about ecology, nutrition and other scientific matters.

Fans of the original Discovery Science Center can rest assured that this Orange County museum (now called The Discovery Cube OC) is still going strong, and will even recognize some of their favorite exhibits re-imagined at the new Cube.

The Discovery Cube Los Angeles, located at 11800 Foothill Blvd., will open Nov. 13, and will be open daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover more details at www.discoverycube.org/la.

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