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Secrets of Circles at the Discovery Science Center

Hands-on interactive fun with gears
Hands-on interactive fun with gears
Discovery Science Center

The newest exhibit at the Discovery Science Center features a variety of fun things to do with the kids. Circles are pretty amazing shapes. If you look around, you’ll see that they’re everywhere: wheels, clocks, doorknobs, tortillas, Frisbees, tops and more! This exciting new exhibit celebrates the math, science and beauty of such a simple shape and helps children and adults alike to uncover the secrets of the many circles in the world.

The huge truck tire that you can climb in is a big hit, as they can hide in it and hardly be seen. Another favorite? The Vietnamese round boat demonstrating the ability of a boat to easily move in any direction when designed as a circle (complete with conical hats to wear!)

A variety of hands-on interactives makes learning through play fun in the Secrets of Circles. As balls and discs careen across a slowly moving turntable, children can explore the spinning and rolling patterns of two and three-dimensional circles. A taste of some of the other activities include a kaleidoscope, wood lathe and gear center where kids can build their own gear contraptions to turn a music box dancer, a clock and a drill.

Be sure to visit the Secrets of Circles before it’s gone May 2nd. The Discovery Science Center is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays. They are located at 2500 North Main St. in Santa Ana. Admission prices are $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids 3-10. Children 2 and under are free.