Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, California

2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, California

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Submitted by: Steven D.

I am a museum professional and I recently visited the DSC for the second time.  The first time was seven years ago when my daughter was in 2nd grade; the last was Thanksgiving weekend--the first weekend of the Star Wars exhibit. I am not impressed.  Don't get me wrong, the hands-on activities for the kids are great.  I enjoy the astronomy presentation, the study of earthquakes, and the computer shopping activity is neat. What I am not impressed with is their visitor service.  The staff are nice, but: 1.  There aren't enough people on the floor to monitor the activities or to answer questions. 2.  The extra fees for special events are NOT clearly posted at the admission booth or anywhere else in the center. 3...

Submitted by: Earl S.

Although we are members I am concerned about the direction the Science Center has gone in recent years. There is an increasing reliance on computers in the displays and a de-emphasis on tactile play. The Science Center is spending huge sums of money on gimmicky toys that  do not offer nearly the same quality educational experience as the older (thankfully mostly still around), more physically/physics-oriented exhibits. It is terribly busy pretty much all the time, which isn't inherently bad because that means it's popular. But it limits how often we go because there's only so much noise one can take and remain sane. It IS too expensive for what it offers. I think if we weren't members we would rarely visit. ...

Submitted by: Aimee G.

If you live in OC and have a child who enjoys anything to do with dinosaurs, space, wind, water, waves, rocks, earthquakes, climbing, hockey, garbage trucks, and ramming shopping carts, than it is absolutely necessary to bring him or her to the Discovery Science Center. And if your child is like mine and begs you to take him to DSC all the freakin' time, than it's best to spend the $99 for a family membership. This place ain't cheap, so buying a membership will pay for itself in only a few visits. Judging by the yelp reviews, people don't appreciate a children's museum that is filled with, well, children. I have to be honest, I can only handle so many kids as well, which is why I avoid the crowds. I take my ...

Submitted by: Audrey T.

I came to the Discovery Science Center on Sunday with a friend and we looooooved it. I thought I had gone before when I was a kid but once we got there I realized that I hadn't been there before. What a shame, because it's epic. Can we just talk about Dino Quest for a second? AMAZING! It brought the kid out in both us. A...

Submitted by: Janice A. H.

I've always held a deep curiosity for this place. When I would visit Westfield mall, I would always shout in excitement at the big square cube that rested on the side of the road. My parents told me they would take me, but due to life's business, I never did go. So imagined my excitement when I finally did get to go... a couple of years older than what I imagined! But still, come on, it's the discovery science center! Science is ageless, it's fascinating, and I was thrilled. When I went, they had their annual bubblefest. I didn't attend, but let's move on- It was crowded. Like, filled to the brim with strollers and little bobbing 3 ft. tall heads. Total tourist attraction, hands down. There's not really a ba...

Submitted by: Jackie N.

Only good to come here once and you should probably use that one day on a rainy day or so. Way over priced and they charge for parking?! No no no.  Just park in the far back at Main Place Mall and walk.  Either way you can see it from The Discovery's small parking lot anyways.  Rip off! This place is madness.  There isn't an assistant or a wrangler to help out on the floor.  They just unleash the kids out.  Crazy.   The wind tunnel stinks.  The kids just stand there and they would have this clueless look on their face like they were expecting more. For adults this place would suck like hell.  For a kid, it would just be ok.  I guess you can come here for an experience.  Who isn't curious about going into tha...

Submitted by: Brady H.

Pure chaos. I like how yelp classifies this under amusement park which about sums up the place. We were visiting from Chicago and able to use our high...

Submitted by: Kursten O.

I have always wanted to come here, but it's kind of pricey for a family of 4. I was quite excited when my friend invited us on her pass! Overall, I like this museum. The staff is friendly and helpful, the exhibits are engaging and relevant to today and not too much was broken when we visited.   My only criticisms are the admission price and the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut.  I don't understand why we have to pay $4 to park in their lot in addition to the high ticket prices.  And to take it a step further, they charge additional for certain exhibits.  Not really worth it in my opinion.  There are ways around this such as the coupons on the internet and parking down the street and walking. My other issue is the Taco Be...

Submitted by: Lou S.

Really cool experiments and Taco Bell and Pizza Hut right on the premises!  I actually liked this place better than Fleet in San Diego (minus the IMAX theater) because they have some re...

Submitted by: Lisa N.

I came here once back in high school for a volunteer project because I was in Key Club.  I decided to take my niece and nephew here the other day since they've never been there and are visiting from Florida.   My brother acc...

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