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Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

We attended as a guest of DSC
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Calling all science fans, The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana has a treat for you. They just unveiled their new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.

If you are a fan of the show you will love all the awesome props that are displayed in this exhibit. If you have never watched a single episode of MythBusters have no fear, you too will love the exhibit. This exhibit is chalked full of some great hands on displays to get your scientific mind going. The cool thing is you will have a great time while “mythbusting” along the way.

My husband, our three boys and I were lucky enough to go to a viewing of this very hands on exhibit. Upon entering the exhibit we were quite impressed. The Discovery Science Center has made the exhibit look just like you are in a warehouse with crates and props as far as your eyes can see. You will see stuff you may have viewed on television before on their show. They have displayed in the entrance an amazing Arrow Machine Gun that was deemed Plausible on their show along with other cool items such as some of the clothing they have worn on set.

Once you venture further into the exhibit you will be able to do some hands on learning and discovering. They have a Big Bad Wolf exhibit. This lets you test the strength of different building materials against a gust of wind (puff of air). My kids liked playing with this and it was hard to get them to move onto the next thing. They played around with the Butter Side Up, a whole section where you can test different ways to drop bread onto the ground to see if the bread lands butter side up or butter side down most often. Do not worry parent’s this is done with fake toast, so your little darlings will not become greasy from the butter.

Myth Exhibit 5

After our bread drop testing we raced over to the Blind Driving Game. This game takes two people to maneuver a car through a course. One person steers and uses the gas pedal and the other gives directions. The person driving has to use the clues from the other person who can see the screen. My boys had a difficult time with this as did my husband and I, but it was hilarious trying to work it. We all enjoyed playing.

Scattered along every wall you will find challenges to try. There is a swing that is held up by phone books, a table where you pull off the table cloth to see if you can keep all the items on the table when you yank the table cloth off the table. We did this a lot and perfected it by the time we left. You will also be able to dodge a bullet (laser) and test how quick you can change into a super hero costume inside a phone booth. It was not as easy as one would imagine.

A Killer Card Toss exhibit and another called the Cliffhanger are in a section together by the phone booth. This was one of my kids and husbands favorite areas. The Cliffhanger exhibit lets you time how long you can hang onto 2 different ledges of a building. This was pretty hard on the expert side of the ledges. My husband only received 40 seconds, but he and my boys fared better on the novice side of things.

Myth Exhibit 9

Right smack dab in the middle of the exhibition area is a huge carwash looking contraption. It drops down water simulating raindrops. One lane you can walk down and the other you run down. After you do each you turn the corner and view your findings on how wet you got. You do this by standing under some black lights and mirrors. The droplets have something in them that makes them glow under the black lights. This was a huge hit! Every single kid and adult that went through had a huge smile on their face when they were looking at themselves. By the time my kids were done playing in this they were pretty wet. I am sure most families would not go through as many times as mine did, so you do not have to worry about the wet factor.

After viewing the majority of the exhibits we stopped to take a break and watch the MythBusters stage show, this show was really fun. They showed you how far it would take to be able to possibly dodge a bullet. They used a paintball gun and heavily secured a volunteer in safety gear and put them behind a piece of plexiglass. Then with some vocal cues they told them to try and dodge the bullet. My boys thought this was funny, especially when the paintball hit the gong making a sound.

Myth Exhibit 4

The stage show came to an end and we were pointed to an area where you could Submit A Myth. This was an area with sheets to write down a myth that you would want to be tested. They might pick it to be on their show. We were not so creative this day and could not think of anything to submit, but we noticed a lot of people were writing things down. Maybe one of them will get picked?

After the stage show we were coming to the end of our visit. My boys happily let me snap a few pictures of them with Buster the ballistic dummy and then we made way to the last little area to visit. This area housed a huge Jet Pack that the team made. It looked way bigger in person. This was one prop from the show that my kids and I had watched and the Jet Pack did not look as big as it truly is. This was pretty neat to view up close.

Myth Exhibit 7

Outside of the exhibit area in the regular Science Center area they had a few pretty neat props for everyone to experience. They had the car, boat and a plane on display that were all used in the filming of the show.

We had a great time playing around and learning new things in this exhibit and think you and your family would have a fun time too. Be sure to get your tickets and stop by. This will remain open until September 7th, so do not miss it!

Something worth noting: this exhibit is not included in general admission, you will need a General Admission ticket along with the MythBusters Explosive Exhibition ticket. If you purchase the MythBusters tickets online it is $5.00 for Non Members, if you purchase this at the door it is $10.00 for non-members. The price remains $5.00 for Members.

Visit the Mythbusters exhibit with your family at the Discovery Science Center located in Santa Ana, CA.  The address is 2500 N. Main Street Santa Ana. Log on to plan a trip

Dawn Maltin is a Loving wife and devoted stay at home mom to three amazing little boys. Her philosophy is family first and everything else second. She is a self proclaimed craft-a-holic. When she is not knee deep in family adventures you can find her making,baking and crafting just about any and everything. If she does not know how to make something, you can be sure she will learn and master it before too long. She also has a love for fine dining,travel and reading.
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