Day Tripping: California Science Center

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In my last post, I showed you what we did on the Saturday of our fantastic two-day-weekend we had earlier this month.  The next day, I basked in not having to go to work, we had a lazy Sunday morning brunch on our balcony.

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Magicale champagne was a recommendation from my friend Brittnee. Apparently it’s a big Disney thing, and Gelson’s had it on sale, so I bought a couple bottles. It’s purple and bubbly and sweet and delicious, like drinking sparkling juice almost. I had planned on making mimosas, but it didn’t need anything added.

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Brunch consisted of multigrain waffles I made in our awful $5 Target waffle maker, homemade blueberry jam, and chicken breakfast sausage. So delicious.

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I also apparently need to invest in a carafe, since all I could find in my kitchen that was smallish enough to put on the table and had a pouring spout was a flask. I kind of like the sciencey vibe, though.

We hadn’t really planned anything for the rest of the day, as San Clemente was the highlight of our weekend and I didn’t want to over plan.  But when I was flipping through my bookmarks folder of things-I-want-to-do-in-LA-but-never-have-time-for, the California Science Center popped up.  And they had sciencey IMAX movies.  So we hopped in the car and drove over.

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I was so excited to see the Endeavour! I remember when they flew it to LA last year and it was such a big deal.

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Crazy Christmas-ornamenty art installation near the entrance. There’s probably some scientific significance implied, but I don’t know what it is. Mostly, this just looked cool.

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Cool military planes in the atrium

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Yay space exhibits!

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How astronauts use the bathroom–important stuff.

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Endeavour time!

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They had the coolest photos of the Endeavour’s flight to LA and the crazy drive from the airport to the Science Center.

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Shoutout to STS-67 – William Gregory was an Air Force buddy of my dad’s and came to talk at our school in 1996. Everybody thought it was so cool that an astronaut was staying at our house. I still have his signed photo and mission patch up in my room at home.

 

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Pictures do not do the shuttle justice. It was HUGE! And yet you can’t imagine anyone having to live in such a small space for so long, especially with all the fuel and supplies and everything else on board taking up a ton of space.

After the Endeavour excitement, we visited the Ecosystems section of the Science Center.  The best by far was the ocean/whatever this one was.  You basically walked into a tunnel of aquarium, with fish swimming all around and above you.

 

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This enormous school of fish was mesmerizing.

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You could also walk around the top of the water and see everything above. We made it just in time to see the divers coming down to clean up the tank.

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After the fish, we stopped for a snack.  We didn’t have time to go anywhere because our IMAX movie was an hour out, and there’s no food anywhere in/near Exposition Park.  We had to settle for the McDonalds in the Science Center : (  Next time I’d totally bring snacks.  I thought there’d at least be food trucks or a decent cafe.  After our sad McDonalds, we explored the Exposition Park Rose Garden with our spare minutes before the movie.

 

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I discovered that Ryan is apparently unable to smell roses.  I don’t know what that means or if he just has a lazy nose.  He also decided that all roses look the same, got bored quickly, and we went to explore Exposition Park some more.  He’s such a child sometimes.

We went to see the LA Memorial Coliseum, which, I’m told, is where USC plays their football games.  Ryan jeered about USC the whole time, not because he goes to UCLA and has school pride, but because he’s always hated USC.  Go figure.  I thought the building was really cool, and they held the 1984 Olympics there, which is awesome.

 

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I have no pictures of the IMAX movie we saw, but it was Blue Planet, the only one that still had tickets left for the day.  It’s that same one you probably saw in science class and was made “by the astronauts” and uses old footage of the world and space and talks about how man is destroying earth.  Really uplifting stuff.  But it was really beautiful, even for an old movie with less than state-of-the-art 3D/crazy effects.

In conclusion, I learned little to nothing about science–the Center is really geared for children and apparently does a ton of field trips/camps, which makes sense.  The Endeavour exhibit was super cool.  The fish were cool.  Would I go back?  Probably not, I’d hit the Natural History Museum instead, but I’m glad I went, and now I can cross it off my list of LA-things-I-want-but-don’t-have-time-to-do.

 

 

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