Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bubblefest at Discovery Science Center

2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-2823
April 2 - 24, 2011

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Free with admission to museum:

Adults (18 +): $12.95 
Kids (3-17): $9.95

Kids (2 & under): Free with the purchase of admission 
Teachers: Free  
Association of Science-Technology Center member: Free
Bank of America card holders: Free on the 1st Saturday of the month

Tickets for the Mega Bubble Show:
General: $7.00
Members: $5.00


Stroller/wheelchair accessibility

Restroom facilities
2 on the first floor and 1 on the second floor

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut
Photo courtesy of Discovery Science Center.
Bubble Learning Stations throughout the museums keep visitors engaged. Visitors can get their picture taken inside a giant bubble, create bubbles of their own in the Dino Quest area, and watch a free show about the science behind bubbles. The Mega Bubble Show was a little over 30 minutes. Audience participation was requested, 1 boy and girl volunteer. There was a pre-show about 15 minutes before the Mega Bubble Show started by Discovery Center staff.
Our family experience
Our son loves bubbles so I thought this would be a great event for him. My husband took him to watch the Mega Bubble Show last year and he was too young to appreciate it. This year, it was different. He was able to sit through the entire show. His favorite part was the finale. I could not stop oohing and aaahing throughout the show. Bubble artist Fan Yang really knows how to work with bubbles and the few times he spoke, he was pretty funny. He holds world records for the number of bubbles inside bubbles. I can see why. The show was so much fun. We also watched the science behind bubbles. It was informative, but is definitely geared more for older kids and not so much toddlers. Finally, we made our own bubbles in the Dino Quest area. We all had a lot of fun and will definitely be back next year. Before leaving, we stopped by Sesame Presents: The Body exhibit. My son just had to help Telly shop for food.
Buy tickets online to save money and time. The website often offers online specials. Also, look for coupons/discount offers in local magazines. Weekday visits will be less crowded, but since this is spring break season, the museum may still have a lot of visitors. If you can, line up at least 20 minutes prior to showtime to get the seats you want. Seating is on a first come basis and is on bleachers. We sat at the very back and was still able to see the bubbles, but try to sit in the center within the first 5 rows to see details of the bubbles. Kids can sit on the ground at the base of the stage. There is limited space, so again, try and get seating early. The Mega Bubble Show uses strobe lights and lasers, something to think about for those with strobe light sensitivities.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. My family received tickets to the show for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. I received permission from the museum to post their trademarked brand/logo on my blog.