Jun 272014

While we were in San Diego in April, we had a chance to make a stop at the The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, which features more than 100 interactive science exhibits.  My boys love that sort of thing and I wanted to take them if we ended up having a little extra time, which we did.

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When I initially told my sister in law, who lives in San Diego, that I wanted to take my boys there, the first thing she said was that the Museum of Science in Boston was much better.  So, I actually read a few reviews about this place before we went because her statement had a me a little worried.

Many of the reviews that I read were by adults that went to the museum and didn’t enjoy it because it was geared towards children. Well, duh.  That sort of museum is intended for children, so those had me a little baffled.  And there were quite a few of them, which also made me scratch my head. But anyways, all the reviews that I read by adults that were also parents said that the Fleet Science Center was awesome, so we went.

Let me just say that I am so glad we did.  My boys had the best time there and it just goes to show that to each his own.

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Yes, I know…..I took a lot of pictures.

It was much smaller than the MOS in Boston, but it was still a great little museum.  Other than the fact that there was a field trip there the day we went & the place was under construction, so it was packed.  Fire hazard packed, but they cleared out after a while and we almost had the place to ourselves after that. They really shouldn’t have had any field trips there until the construction was over.

If you are ever in the area, it is a cool place to check out with the kiddos. It’s located at 1875 El Prado in San Diego, CA (right inside Balboa Park).

  107 Responses to “The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego”

  1. We visit Boston many times every year (I was there twice this week, in fact). My kids loved the science museum there. I bet they would love this one too! It sounds really great.

  2. Science museums geared towards children are the greatest! I used to work in a small one in NY (Westchester County) until the powers in gov’t that be decided a golf course would be a better idea? We were always busy–schools during the week and lots and lots of families on the weekends. There is nothing like hands on to get kids (and their Dads) involved!!

  3. Aww, glad you didn’t listen to the reviews and that all enjoyed and had a blast here!! 🙂

  4. Nobody knows your kids like you do, so I’m glad you went with your gut and still took them. There was quite a bit to do there!

  5. Looks so cool- my hubby would love to go!

  6. we love to visit science museums anywhere we go. this one looks like a blast!

  7. This is a great place for the kids to get some energy out so much hands on stuff to do love it

  8. Good Job you did not listen to what was said and you went,looks like your boys had a great time.

  9. This looks like a fun place to visit. My kids love going to Science museums. They have fun and learn something at the same time. Win-Win!

  10. My brainy 4 year old son would LOVE THIS!! The pictures look so fun.

  11. That is such a great place for learning. I went on a few field trips there as a child. I remember having the best time.

  12. You guys are always up to something exciting and I love how you incorporate so many reach educational experiences into your adventures. Happy Summer!

  13. The pictures of the kids in the huge chairs are so cute! I love going to science centers and museums – you learn a lot and there are plenty of things for both kids and adults to enjoy.

  14. Good thing you trusted your instincts and decided to go. It sounds like it was definitely worth it.

  15. I never heard of this place. That was a good hunch 🙂 It looks really fun and educational. Win-win for sure!

  16. Looks like fun and a great hands on learning opportunity for the kiddos!

  17. My boys have always loved hands on museums like this one. And, sometimes smaller is better.

  18. That’s pretty neat! I find that sometimes the smaller museums have the more unique exhibits!

  19. Looks like hours of fun in a small package!

  20. That is a neat place – will have to visit when in San Diego!

  21. I love places like this… where kids (and adults) can interact with things. They can have fun and learn at the same time!

  22. That reminds me of a science museum near my house. How fun!

  23. We love the museums in San Diego! I used to go to this one growing up, but need to get my kids there next time. I’m sure they will love it, too!

  24. Looks like a really fun place for kids and adults! My kids like that kinda of place..

  25. Looks like they enjoyed it immensely. I’ll have to tell my sister about this place since she’ll be going to the area next year.

  26. What a great way to get kids interested in science. As a country, we’re falling behind in that area, so anything we can do to encourage the sciences is awesome.

  27. Looks like everyone got in on the fun here! My kids would love this.

  28. I love that it looks like your whole family got involved. Stuff like this makes great memories.

  29. Fun! We have a place here in Vancouver called Science World that sounds very similar, it’s awesome!

  30. This looks like a great place to visit while you’re on vacation in San Diego!

  31. Science Museum looks cool and I am only 5 hrs away sounds like trip time:)

  32. Hurrah I’m glad you went ahead and went, and then liked it. It does look really nice!

  33. I love CA!!! Not sure the next time we will go but I am really wanting to take my girls to a good museum here!

  34. Looks like a very fun and educational center to visit.

  35. I love these types of hands on experiences. They are perfect for adults and children alike. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is like this and it is our favorite place to go.

  36. I might just have to bunk with friends in SD so I can come visit some of these cool places you have been sharing!

  37. We love visiting museums, this one is full of lots of cool stuff!

  38. I think my son is going to love places like this when he’s just a tad older. I’m glad you took the risk and took your boys for the day. It looks like a blast!

  39. What creative projects! I can’t wait for my kids to be able to participate in science fairs

  40. You go on some fantastic adventures. Can I come too?

  41. My son would love this type of hands-on learning! What a fun summer activity for the whole family!

  42. We spent so many hours here when my kids were little. Such a great place!

  43. When it comes to science museums I am such a BIG kid. I think I enjoy them more than my daughter. They always have to coolest exhibits! I took my daughter to one last year and couldn’t get her to leave. We spent the whole entire day exploring and learning.

  44. Wow! That looks like so much fun! I love science museums!

  45. Wow guys seems you had so much fun in San Diego, my son loves this type of museums guess yours love it as well.

  46. That looks like a great time – our boys would LOVE that!

  47. This looks so fun. We try to hit science museums in towns we visit. It’s amazing how much you can learn. Looks like everyone had fun. Thank you for sharing.

  48. Over 100 exhibits sound like a lot of awesome science fun!

  49. Sounds like there’s so many wonderful things to see, try, investigate and learn. What a great place to visit with your children!

  50. What a fun place to visit! Our science museum has the beach ball with the blower.

  51. I love that everything is so hands on! I can’t believe adults didn’t have fun there! Fuddy duddies! 😉

  52. What a fun place to spend an afternoon. I love science and so does my son, so he would have a blast there! Your kids are so lucky! 🙂

  53. My son would love to visit a Science museum like this! Awesome expereince!

  54. Sounds like the perfect ‘little’ museum…. Love all your photos. Thanks for sharing!

  55. That looks like such a fun time. The huge chair is cracking me up!

  56. looks like so much fun! i love that it’s a place to learn and play

  57. I love finding new places for the kids to explore and the best part is that they are learning but not realizing it.

  58. Funny how reviews can sometimes actually NOT be helpful. Perhaps KIDS should review such places. I’m sure mine would have loved it — but I mostly love that your boys are so adventurous and curious. so awesome.

  59. Hands on science centers are the bomb. My son loves these kind of places.

  60. This looks a lot like our great science museum here in Richmond. My husband goes to SD a lot for work–if I ever get to go with him, the kids and I will check this out.

  61. I am so glad other communities are developing science centers/museums! This place looks ike it was lots of fun and filled with experiments and learning! While it may be smaller than the Boston Museum, it will grow and someday we can hope it will rival it.!

  62. Wow, this place looks exactly like a spot that my girls would love to explore. Cali has so much fun stuff to do.

  63. It looks like a neat place! I love that it’s interactive and kids can touch things.

  64. I haven’t been to a science museum in quite a while. That one looks very interesting!

  65. Looks like San Diego has a fun Science Museum. Size doesn’t matter 🙂 I just think San Diego is a great place. I love, love, love the Phoenix Science Center- it’s amazing. It’s awesome for kids and adults.

  66. I definitely would enjoy this science museum! It looks like your boys had a lot of fun!

  67. Wow, these photos are great! We love science museums! I bet my kids would like this one.

  68. There seems to be so much to do there! It looks enjoyable and educational.

  69. How fun and educational this looks! You always take the most fun and engaging pictures of your experiences!

  70. I like to read reviews too – some are pretty hilarious. Guess they need to include Children’s Museum in their title for the adults so they know the place is geared towards kids!

  71. You guys don’t stop when you visit San Diego!! I wanna go on your next vacation!

  72. That looks pretty cool! I think it would be fun to visit if I ever go that way, looks like a lot of neat things!

  73. What a fun place …. you and your family had a amazing trip to San Diego – you probably needed a vacation to rest after your vacation.

  74. Looks like a great place to take the kiddos! I have one that is 14 and one that is 3 and I bet they have something for both of them!!

  75. That looks like a blast! I know my kids would love that!

  76. How fun! My little guy loves science museums too.

  77. This looks like a fascinating place. I think I would love it. I am just a kid at heart!

  78. I love hands on museums! Best way for me ro understand science and see how it applies in real life.

  79. I personally love kid’s science museums. As a total science geek I love to see what they are teaching children about the sciences.

  80. Looks like you guys had a really fun time in San Diego. With all your posts I sure know now what to do if we ever go there.

  81. Looks like a fun place to visit. My kids would really enjoy it.

  82. Science centers are so much fun! I love the interactive shows that they’ll do, it’s fun to get involved!

  83. Wow that looks like so much! My whole family would REALLY enjoy this!!!

  84. That looks like such fun. Also a good reminder to actually read the reviews and not just look at the rating- the reason someone else doesn’t like something might be the reason why I will!

  85. I wish I live closer because my boys will enjoy all of these. Science center is fun and very educational and I can see your boys having so much fun.

  86. You do so many fun things with your family! This museum looks like a great place to take kids for interaction!

  87. Yet another reason we need to head to San Diego! This place looks amazing. My boys would love it.

  88. That is just the type of place that would keep my boy occupied for hours. It looks like great fun for all!

  89. Ahahaha! That huge chair cracks me up. It looks like your boys had a case of “Drink Me” from Alice in Wonderland lol.

  90. I would love to go to San Diego. That looks like so much fun.

  91. It looks like a fun place! I wonder what that exhibit with the guitar was?

  92. What an awesome place for kids! Looks like they had a blast and that there were tons of interactive exhibits.

  93. What a cool place. You find the neatest places.

  94. Looks like a great activity! I haven’t been to a science museum since I was a kid myself!

  95. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun! I love the boys sitting on the big chairs. That is a picture you could have some fun with. I would say well worth it!

  96. Wow, what a fun place to visit with the kids! I love the interactive exhibits, it makes for much more fun.

  97. Looks like a great place to visit! Would love to go there :]

  98. How fun! My kids would love going to a hands on science museum! We visited a very similar place in North Carolina last time we were there!

  99. That looks like such a fun museum. I bet even adults would have a great time there!

  100. My son gets so excited to go to a science center. But gotta admit, we love it just as much!

  101. I like the giant chair! Hands-on activities for kids are key to keeping them engaged. Then it feels like playing when it is secret learning.

  102. Love the pics! Your boys looked like they had a blast while learning. I’ve always thought that was the best way to get kids interested in something. Btw, your sons are adorable!

  103. That looks like something my whole family would enjoy!

  104. Very cool! When I was younger we went to the Maryland Science Center all the time and even had girl scout sleepovers in the planetarium there. I can’t wait until my boys are bigger and we can go!

  105. I was terrible in science, yet I have always been intrigued by it. 🙂

  106. You find the most fun and interesting places to take your kids, way cool!