The largest hands-on science center on the west coast is the California Science Center and all of its permanent exhibits are free to the public. However, the California Science Center does charge a fee for all of the special exhibits and events.
There are special hands on exhibits for children and a Discovery Rooms for families to visit and learn together. The California Science Center also has Tech Labs where visitors have the chance to explore educational topics on computers and use scientific equipment to study cells.
Guests can learn about physics or space while they ride a high wire bicycle or ride in a motion-based simulator. In the California Science Center there are exhibits on ecosystems, energy, body works, air and space.
On the first floor there are a few places to grab at bite to eat: a McDonalds and a Grab N Go. The Grab N Go has a variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks, bottled water and a selection of juices. Indoor and outdoor patio seating are available for visitors to enjoy their food.
The California Science Center is usually busy on weekday mornings so the best time to visit is after 1:30 pm on weekdays or on weekends.