Tuesday, April 4, 2017

LA Activities: Discovery Cube

I think this is his ninja pose
The term "Spring Break" means something very different now that I have children.  In the good ol' days, back before I had kids, I enjoyed spending my Spring Break thawing out on a tropical beach while drinking fancy cocktails garnished with umbrellas.  Now that I am encumbered by two small kids, and therefore unable to afford to travel anywhere even if I wanted to (which I don't, because flying with kids sucks), Spring Break means that I have two weeks during which there is no school and I must find ways to occupy my kids so that they don't kill each other.

Thankfully, we have this amazing place here in Los Angeles called The Discovery Cube.  The Cube's mission is to educate kids about science and nature, which sounds super boring, but it's done in a way that's brilliant.  They have fantastic permanent exhibits - including a real garbage truck, which is the Muffin Man's favorite - but every two months or so they have a new exhibit featuring something that appeals to kids.  Earlier in the year, it was LEGOs, and right now it's The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

If you're not a fan of the TMNT crew (and we are totally not), don't let that dissuade you from going.  Prior to our recent outing to The Cube, the extent of our experience with the Ninja-loving reptiles was a box of Band-Aids.  I was a little concerned that my kids wouldn't be into it because they have no attachment to the characters, but it didn't faze them one bit. 

 They jumped right into the "sewer pipes" without hesitation.

Any exhibit offering the option to wear costumes is always a hit.
Hopefully they got something scientific out of this item in the exhibit, and not a case of pink eye. 
Screen time doesn't count when she's learning about math, right?

After my children checked out every single activity at the TMNT exhibit, we made sure to visit our favorite permanent exhibits.
First stop was the garbage truck, of course.
 Sorting garbage and recycling is endlessly thrilling for small children.
Weather is super fun..at the museum.
Explaining to Rose that these are not real donuts never goes over well.

Here's my favorite part about The Cube, and you are totally allowed to make fun of me for this: the cafe is really good.  It's not your usual crappy museum food that tastes horrible and costs more than your first car.  It's organic, there are all these cute kid-friendly meal items, and the choices for adults are really good.  Bonus points for the fact that cafe is next to the enclosed play area for little kids, so I can actually finish eating my own lunch while my kids are corralled safely.  You'll have to take my word for it as I have no photo proof since I was busy FINISHING A MEAL, and it was heavenly.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles closes on April 23
Admission: Adults $17.95, kids ages 3-14 $12.95 (get a membership - it's worth it)