Family Science Nights
Ages 4–104


From animals to humans, navigation takes skill, talent, and many tools. Learn from our expert naturalists how whales, birds, and humans navigate yearly migrations, explore the deep sea, or chart a course for adventure. Each month we will explore a new way of navigating. 

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday, June 27: The Great Cetacean Migration

Come discover the mysteries of how the largest mammals on Earth navigate the sea and find their way home. Embark on this investigation of whales as a family and participate in scientific activities designed to spark artistic creativity, problem solving, and experimentation.

Thursday, July 25: Birds 

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, wait, it is a bird! Come be a ‘Bird Nerd’ and learn about the different ways birds navigate during seasonal migrations short and long. Families will play a life-sized board game, map migration routes of birds as they navigate around the world, learn to use binoculars to ID local species and bird anatomy.

Thursday, August 22: Sailing the Seas

Join us for a family night of fun as you explore how sailors from different cultures have utilized navigation throughout time. During Family Science Night you will tour the brig Pilgrim, raise sail on the Spirit of Dana Point, learn about navigation and create your own sounding line to determine depth.

Thursday, September 26: Underwater Robot Challenge - Mysteries of the Deep

There is a world of wonder hidden beneath the ocean’s surface. Come discover how scientists navigate the deepest and most unexplored parts of the ocean and learn what it takes to build and pilot an underwater robot. Are you up for the challenge? 


$10/person ($9/Member)
$35/Family-4-Pack ($33/Member Family-4-Pack)

Member rate applies to all Membership levels for this program.
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