Beat winter break brain drain with some STEM activities in the snow. Yes, real snow, 100 tons of it to be exact, and it’s all waiting for your little scientists to explore at the Winter Wonder Fest at the Discovery Cube LA. It’s only here through January 8, 2017, so slide over quickly for some serious snow action.
Snow Day in the City
No need to head out of town for a day in the snow. Skip the traffic and hit the slopes at the Discovery Cube. Kids of all ages will love getting their fingers cold in the snow play area as they pack snowballs and build mini snowmen. Grab a sled and race down the snow hill, rebuilt with fresh snow daily. Smaller sledders under five can take a shorter, but equally exhilarating run on the bunny slope.
Your curious tots will also have the opportunity to learn about the science behind sledding, winter weather, and how snow is formed. Take a break from sledding and check out the discovery station where you can try some hands-on experiments, like making a cloud in a bottle and figuring out the best way to insulate yourself from the cold the way arctic animals do. You can also spend some time working out your grey matter while you wait in line by checking out the signs that breakdown fun scientific facts about the snow.
75 Feet of Fun
For some thrills with a view, climb up to the top of the 75 foot tubing ramp. While the “snowy” white hill is actually a carpeted ramp, the ride is fantastic all the same. Kids of all ages, and grown-ups too, can squeeze into an inner tube and take a rushing ride down to the bottom. The only restrictions are that there’s just one rider allowed per tube (no lap sitting tots) and kids must be able to hold on to the handles on their own. With two lanes side by side, it’s even more fun if you challenge your kids to a race. For younger kids who might need to warm up to the big hill, there is a smaller ramp along the side they can check out.
Warm Up Indoors
Once your fingertips are nice and frosty, head inside the Cube to explore the holiday-themed Science of Gingerbread exhibit where you can decorate cookies, build a race car out of candy and race it in the Gingerbread Derby, and check out a display of some spectacular Gingerbread houses. Grab a bite at the Bean Sprouts cafe to fuel up and round out the day of STEM based fun checking out the rest of the museum, including the new LEGO exhibit.
Know Before You Go
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance, but we recommend purchasing them in advance online to get a better rate and ensure entry on the date you want. While it’s not necessary to dress like you’re headed to a ski lodge, you should definitely come loaded with jackets, warm pants and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. We also suggest packing along a change of clothes so your little snow bunnies can change before heading indoors. Soggy socks = cranky kids!
General admission tickets are $10 at the door or $8 online. You will still need to purchase separate admission to get into the Cube for $12.95. The Winter Wonderfest is open daily, now until January 8, with a closure only on Christmas Day.
Discovery Cube LA
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Online: la.discovery cube.org
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—written and pictures by Shahrzad Warkentin