Young and old are invited to get a taste of the “Wild Summer” program that begins on May 26, 2012 at the Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, California. Always a very popular place to visit, the new program is a partnership with the Santa Ana Zoo in nearby Prentice Park and the Orange County Zoo in Irvine Regional Park.
Opening day coincides with the opening of the Discover Science Center’s brand new Wildlife Rescue Exhibit. The festivities get under way over the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-May 28). Everyone that comes on the holiday weekend that signals the unofficial start of summer will be given a free ticket to the OC Zoo and Santa Ana Zoo with their paid admission.
General Admission to the DSC and its more than 100 hands-on exhibits is very reasonably priced. Children under three are always admitted for free. Children age 3-15 and seniors 62 or older pay $12.95. Everyone else pays $14.95 to discover the world of science and have a fun-filled experience. General admission includes full access to the Wildlife Rescue Exhibit and the “Wild Summer” program.
Now is the time to plan a summer trip to Orange County. A great place for the family to stay while you visit DSC and enjoy the many other attractions and sights of the area is the Anaheim Express Inn Maingate. Centrally located, this family priced hotel provides comfortable accommodations and an outdoor pool that the kids will love.
The series of displays and hands-on activities that will run from May 26 through September 3, 2012 will change every few weeks. Following is the planned schedule of events.
• May 26 – May 28 < Wild about Safari > Visitors will be introduced to real snakes, lizards, tarantulas and other wildlife one might encounter on a safari. There will be learning stations set up throughout the exhibit where kids and their parents can learn about the fragile eco system and also explore the methods used by archaeologists to harvest fossils.
• May 26 – June 9 < Lizards, Toads and Snakes > The name says it all. Don’t be squeamish as you learn all about the reptile world and get a lesson on the creepy-crawly world of bugs.
• June 30 – July 8 < Dog Days of Summer> That’s right, you will learn all about dogs, wolves, coyotes and foxes. You can enjoy a live dog show and maybe adopt a family pet.
• July 9 – July 15 < Cats Rule, Dogs Drool > Why should dogs get all the attention? Cat lovers will be introduced to cougars, bobcats and mountain lions and learn what to do if you should happen to come across one of these nocturnal wild cats while in Orange County or any other place where they might roar.
• July 16 – July 29 < Take Flight > See a bird show and learn about domestic and exotic birds. Children will be able to build their own bird feeder.
• July 30 – September 3 < Sea Life > The special summer series concludes with a tribute to fish. You’ll learn about marshes and wetlands and get an idea of how important it is to save the whales.
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