The California Science Center

Sorry about the temporary glitch. Today internet has been spotty to say the least, so I’m trying to make up for it (after a night out on the town in Hollywood). So where did I last leave off? Oh yes…

After reaching my limit of literary intake for the day, I crossed the street to walk through the Exposition Park Rose Garden (which smelled great as you can imagine) and made my way over to the California Science Center. Did I mention it is FREE!? FREE!

Payment is donation based so it doesn’t break the bank. When I walked in, I actually bumped into Jack Black with his family. It was pretty adorable. Considering how animated Jack Black is, his parents(?) were surprisingly low energy. As a comedy nerd, I thought that was pretty cool.

The California Science Center has a McDonalds and a gift shop on the first floor, and planes hanging overhead in the center of a three story atrium.

This center is amazing. AMAZING. It even has a rock-wall for children. How cool is that? You can tell this place spared no expense when designing exhibits for children. There are wind tunnels, 3D movies (for an extra cost), wave pools, live animals, interactive exhibits about Los Angeles and the human body. I went as a single adult and had a blast. It’s great for kids of all ages.

Do you see the live animal in the photo, who also shows up on the heat sensor cameras? In this exhibit you find the live lizards and turtles but using heat detection.

For a few dollars, you can ride on the exhibit above. It’s a bicycle that uses balance and gravity to keep the rider on the tight rope… three stories up! It’s scary, but you won’t fall.

There are live fish swimming in giant wave pool tanks. There were several animal exhibits similar to the Long Beach Aquarium, only the LB Aquarium costs significantly more than this center and is much further away.

If you live in LA and haven’t been here, you have no excuse. Now that you know how awesome it is, come check it out!

LA Walk #35 USC and Exposition Park

After I finished my UCLA walk last weekend, it felt only fitting to follow it up with the USC walk (from THIS book). Amber and I found ourselves begining the walk with grumbling stomaches, so we crossed Figueroa Street and sat ourselves in an awesome restaurant/bar/pub the The Lab Gastropub. This place was extremely unexpected. They had long tables (which had chalkboard tops) which different groups of people would share. They had four Lab brews (see the sampler below). There were football games going and wifi. If I went to USC I would spend all my time here. I also had a delicious falafel burger with sweet potato fries (yummm).

After we had our fill, we began the walk across the street at Child’s Way on the USC campus. This campus was almost as quiet at UCLA. It was a lovely day, so we took our time exploring the campus.

The walk takes you to Heritage Hall where USC keeps all their Heisman trophies and various awards. The building was locked up, but we could see the trophies through the windows. Amber is a big football fan, so it felt appropriate to get her best Heisman impersonation.

After exploring more of USC, the walk takes you across the street where you get to play under an old United Airlines jet, which is part of the Aerospace Museum. This day their was an event outside the California Africian American Museum. Unfortunately, it was around this point when my camera started acting a little crazy… which was a tad distracting considering I had a lot more less to see on the walk.

While I tried not to think about my camera acting weirder and weirder, I was still able to get a couple good shots in before it really crapped out. Amber and I decided to visit the Natural History Museum and see the new dinosaur wing they’ve been advertising around town. This place was awesome. I highly recommend visiting. They also accept a KCRW discount.

The museum featured a section of the museum dedicated to birds, Africa, The America’s, geology/gems, whales, the marshlands, etc etc… so much to see.

It started getting late and the museum was about to close, so we continued on with our walk (USC isn’t much fun walking around in the dark). The walk takes you by the Coliseum and then to the California Science Center. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to stop in, but it is free and I will 100% be going back. They also added a metro line that goes right to USC, so it’s easier than ever to get there.

We continued the walk, stepping under an A-12 Blackbird spy craft built in the 1960’s which is connected with the Coliseum parking garage. From there we finished the walk by heading back to the car. Overall, I have to admit USC had a really beautiful campus, but UCLA really takes the cake. But USC definitely wins the museum category.

I’ll leave you with this last image from the Science Museum. It makes me smile.