We have a ton of great children’s museums in Orange County. Discovery Science Center is probably my son’s favorite excursion to go to. He has always been interested in science, and for the past two years, his interest has intensified. Discovery Science Center gives a hands-on approach to science, and my seven year old loves that.
Throughout summer, Discovery Science Center has been hosting a “Wild Summer” series in partnership with the OC and Santa Ana Zoo. We have gone throughout the summer and my son has learned a ton about wildlife rescue and different types of animals.
Last week we learned, “What makes a mammal a mammal?” As you can tell from this photograph, an opossum was used as an example. Representatives from The San Diego Zoo came out and spoke to the kids about mammals, what they eat, how they are born, and the types of habitats that they live in.
We are used to seeing opossums around our neighborhoods, and they seem mean and scary. Although they may hiss and show their sharp teeth, they are just trying to protect themselves, not hurt you. We learned that they are one of the cleanest animals around, and that they are meticulous about grooming. Opossums eat insects, snails, rodents, berries, over-ripe fruit, grasses, leaves, vegetables, and occasionally even snakes. Can you imagine if opossums weren’t around? All of these creatures would be taking over our neighborhoods.
My son got to pet this cute little opossum. He thought that it was funny that the opossum was on a leash though. I agree with him. That is something that you don’t see everyday.
If you visit The Discovery Science Center before September 3, 2012, the adventure won’t end. You will receive a FREE admission ticket to the Santa Ana Zoo AND to the Orange County Zoo! Everyone who visits the Science Center will receive one free admission ticket to each zoo.
Adult (age 15+) tickets are $14.95 and Children (age 3-14) are $12.95. The Discovery Science Center is located at 2500 North Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92705. Please check their website for daily hours.
Disclosure: My son and I were provided entry into the Discovery Science Center for a special event. All opinions and photographs are mine. Seriously, the opossum wasn’t that creepy. He didn’t even hiss at me.