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This summer, experience the California Science Center in a different light! In connection with the IMAX Theater and the special exhibit Masters of the Night, the California Science Center will feature fun and educational Science in the Dark activities for the whole family to enjoy. Admission to the Science Center exhibit area is free, and Science in the Dark activities are free unless otherwise noted.
Special Exhibit Activities IMAX Films Schedule
Special Exhibit
Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats
Why do bats hang upside down? How do bats see? What important part do bats play in our ecosystem? The Masters of the Night exhibit reveals the mystery behind these fascinating flying mammals. Explore a Gothic castle, then crawl through a dark cave and "hang out" bat style. See a bat skeleton the size of a human. Learn how bats live and hibernate, and capture prey using their keen sonar ability.
Science in the Dark Activities
Wriggle through dark caves in the Kids' Cave Crawl and discover what it's like to be a spelunker on an adventure in the dark!
Scale a sheer rock wall when you buckle in and ascend Cave Climb, the new 23-foot high rock-climbing wall in the Science Center. (Minimal charge. Tickets are available for purchase at the wall.)
Learn about strange and familiar creatures that inhabit the night during Night Creature Theater, an interactive show for the whole family. See schedule for times.
Gather 'round the campfire to explore themes of the dark in Campfire Crafts and Campfire Stories. Open to children up to age 7, and parents. 15-minute stories followed by 15-minute art projects. See schedule for times.
Explore the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave and look out for the live scorpions, tarantulas, leeches and snakes!
IMAX Films
Journey Into Amazing Caves
Take a thrilling visit to the world's most magnificent caves. Follow two scientists as they venture below the Earth's surface looking for clues about the past.
See schedule
See admission prices.
Ocean Oasis
Explore the intricate web of life in the Sea of Cortés, which surrounds the Baja Peninsula. This breathtaking oasis teems with whales, sharks and other deep-sea creatures.
See schedule
See admission prices.
IMAX show times: (213) 744-7400
Group reservations: (213) 744-2019
Special savings for groups of 15 or more!
Science in the Dark Daily Schedule
IMAX films*
Night Creature Theater
Campfire Stories
Journey Into Amazing Caves
Ocean Oasis
*Please note: There is an admission charge to see IMAX films. Additional evening showings of the IMAX films are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click for details.
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