The Coolest New Exhibits at SoCal Children’s Museums

Kidspace Campout

Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena
June 30 – September 5, 2022

It’s a 9-week celebration of the best of summer, nature, and exploration! Learn about animal tracks, splash in a mountain stream, challenge new friends in a tug-of-war. Navigate your trike over the Golden Gate bridge, explore the woods in a multisensory nature walk, and grab your life vest and go “fishing” in a sandy lake.

Exhibit is included with same-day Kidspace admission.

Kidsguide Tip: Bring a change of clothes! Kids WILL get wet!



Dinos in the City!

Pretend City Children’s Museum, Irvine
Now – September 5, 2022

Explore engaging interactives with life-like animatronic dinosaurs and exciting educational content.

Learn how paleontologists unearth dinosaur bones, dig in the dinosaur pit, and get a chance to collect several dinosaur trading cards.

The STEAM Lab will bring children back to the ice age through predicting and problem-solving hands-on activities. A Night at the Museum series will invite guests to enjoy dinosaur-themed movies, scavenger hunts and nighttime discovery with resident dino friends!

Exhibit is included in your Pretend City admission.



Emotions at Play

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
Now – September 11, 2022

Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out, is the first interactive exhibit based on the award-winning Disney and Pixar film. The exhibit is designed to help visitors understand the important role of emotions, memory and imagination play in our everyday lives.

  • Step into Headquarters to explore the range and intensity of emotions at the Control Panel
  • Explore how we feel with our faces and bodies at the Emotions Mirrors
  • Creating a glowing Memory Sphere
  • Use your imagination to create a story and perform it at Dream Productions
  • Work to keep the train on track – what feelings do you have when you control and balance the Train of Thought?
  • Explore how emotions work together as you stack and balance the Emotion Blocks

Special events based on the exhibit include Kick Off Family and Child Mental Health Awareness (June 11), Children at Play (July 9), Back to School, Health and Nutrition (August 13), and Community Mental Health Awareness and Resource Fair (September 10).



Solar System Encounter

Discovery Cube OC (Santa Ana)
Now – August 21, 2022

Experience a new way of viewing our solar system as you fully immerse themselves in an up-close view of our galaxy in this seasonal large-scale model Solar System Encounter exhibit. Discover the planets with vivid projection mapping images, colorful lights, and impressive displays.

It’s a Summer of Space at Discovery Cube OC, with two more exhibits:

The all-new Rocket Launch lets visitors interact with a variety of rocket ships as they are challenged with not only launching but landing their rockets.

Mars Rover Test Course will also let future scientists explore Mars and charter the Red Planet on a very special mission.



Rainforest Rangers

Children’s Museum at La Habra
Now – March 5, 2023

This fun exhibit is already open! Kids get equipped with survival vests and pick up assignment clipboards at the Ranger Station. Ride in the Jungle Jeep, climb the levels of the tree canopy, and check up on the Harpy Eagle. See live creatures that live in the leaves, play the Tapir Drum and Percussion Vines in the Jungle Music Area, and build your own gorilla nest in the Primate Zone.




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