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Make a splash in The Pool.

Make a splash in The Pool.
Play catch while you spin on the Merry-Go-Round.

Play catch while you spin on the Merry-Go-Round.
Slip down a 31-foot slide.

Slip down a 31-foot slide.
Test your aim with the Basketball Hoops.

Test your aim with the Basketball Hoops.
Whirl in Magis Spun Chairs.

Whirl in Magis Spun Chairs.




The Fleet's popular exhibition, Pause|Play, is an invitation for the young and the young-at-heart to leave the digital world behind, hit pause on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play. Science has shown that play has a number of cognitive, social, emotional and physical benefits at any age—but we think it’s just downright fun!

The exhibition features some of your favorite playground activities and gives them a scientific twist.

  • Clock your speed as you slip down a 15-foot-high, 31-foot-long slide.
  • Discover the Coriolis effect while spinning on the merry-go-round.
  • Find out if you can ride a tricycle with square wheels.
  • Play hide-and-seek with color-filtering lenses.
  • And enjoy many more incredible experiences!

Pause|Play takes your favorite childhood pastimes and brings them to a modern indoor space that has just one rule:



When Should I Visit?

The Fleet Science Center is open at 10 a.m. 365 days a year! That's right, we're open daily because ... science never stops! Your ticket to the Fleet includes all exhibitions, including Pause|Play, plus an IMAX film of your choice in Southern California's only Giant Dome Theater.

The Fleet is the busiest on weekends, during holiday periods like spring break and on Free Tuesday. The exhibition will often be filled with excited school kids visiting on field trips on weekday mornings.

Afternoons and early evenings tend to be quieter times at the Fleet. That's a great time to visit Pause|Play on a date or with your besties.

The exhibit will close 30 minutes before the museum closes.

This exhibition is generously funded in part by:



This exhibition is also available en Español

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