Balboa Park STEAM Family Day on March 15
As the first major event for families on the 2015 Centennial Celebration calendar, the next Balboa Park Family Day on Sunday, March 15, brings a world of discovery to children of all ages. Over two dozen cultural organizations will put the fun into STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – through hands-on activities, crafts, demonstrations, special exhibitions, and more.
Activities take place from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and are free with paid museum admission. Participating museums are also offering free admission to children 12 and under with a paying adult. Adults who have a Balboa Park Explorer Pass, which grants year-round museum admission to individuals ($129) or families with up to four children ($199), receive free admission as well. Single-day and multi-day passes are also available.
Back by popular demand from last year’s STEAM Family Day, Russell, the 11-foot electric giraffe, and a number of other specially designed Maker exhibits, will be on view throughout the Park. Maker culture is an emerging technology-based extension of the modern DIY movement, and the family-friendly nature of its creative contraptions, which educate and entertain the public with exciting technology applications, perfectly complements Balboa Park’s Family Day atmosphere.
A free drawing at the Balboa Park Visitors Center will give away, among other items, a Family 4-Pack to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and MathAlive!, tickets to a San Diego Junior Theatre performance, Old Town Trolley/Seal Tour tickets, four tickets to the San Diego Youth Symphony and the Conservatory’s Spring Showcase or Ovation Concert, the Youth Symphony’s Live in Concert CD, and dinner for four at the Cosmopolitan Hotel from Fiesta de Reyes/Old Town State Park.
Families looking for an inexpensive transportation option to Balboa Park Family Days can take advantage of MTS Family Weekends, when two children 12 and under ride free with any paying passenger 18 and over on Saturdays and Sundays. MTS’s new Rapid 215 route provides limited-stop express service to the San Diego Zoo and the museums on Balboa Park’s east side. Visitors can also access Balboa Park directly via MTS Bus Route 7, which runs along Broadway, Park Boulevard, and University Avenue, and MTS Bus Routes 3 and 120, which provide service to the Park’s west side along Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the San Diego Science Festival) features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations present more than 35 events throughout the county the week leading up to our EXPO DAY at PETCO Park on the last Saturday of the Festival. More than 55,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participate in annual Festival events.
San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is produced by the BIOCOM Institute in partnership with UC San Diego and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In addition, the Festival partners with numerous corporate sponsors, individual donors and community collaborators to:
- Raise awareness of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education and to inspire San Diego’s youth to pursue education and careers in these rewarding fields;
- Showcase the remarkable science and engineering community of our region, and to give students an opportunity to talk with real scientists and engineers; and
- Be a key resource for primary/secondary science and engineering teachers.
San Diego County has earned a reputation as a thriving center of activity in science, biotech, engineering and medicine. However, research has shown that there is a shortage of students entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields. The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering was created to get kids excited about STEM fields and demonstrate why science and engineering are important in their lives.