SAN DIEGO—July 25, 2023—As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, the Fleet Science Center launches Community Mornings.  

The Fleet offers Community Mornings as a way to think equitably and mitigate barriers to learning, engagement, and community-building.

These unique opportunities allow San Diego neighborhood residents to visit the Fleet, complimentary and as a community, on a specific Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., one hour before the Fleet opens to the public. 

The inaugural Community Morning will be Saturday, July 29 for San Ysidro residents

And that’s not all: The Fleet will provide free round trip bus transportation from San Ysidro Middle School, 4345 Otay Mesa Road, to the Fleet. Four charter buses will depart at 8 a.m.

Community members also are welcome to provide their own transportation, but everyone must register to receive complimentary admission. 

Saturday's event is already at capacity, with nearly 300 San Ysidro community members expected.

Community Mornings underscore the Fleet's commitment to connecting everyone in San Diego to the power of science. "Learning happens not just at school," says Yanet Lopez, Fleet Community Engagement Manager. "As we think of the joy of learning, we know that this type of family field trip, separate from school, can complement and enhance what goes on in traditional classrooms. This is so important as we fully return to normalcy in education. Families can learn together at Community Mornings."

On this special Saturday morning, San Ysidro community members can enjoy all the things that make the Fleet a fulfilling experience, plus a few exciting extras.

They can 

  • Experience Fleet exhibit galleries with early access at 9 a.m., one hour before general admission. The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience, the Fleet’s newest, very popular exhibit is included! 
  • Get creative in our maker space, Studio X, with hands-on, minds-on science activities. 
  • Engage at a photo booth and with social media contests. 
  • Enter exciting opportunity drawings for membership and other prizes. 
  • Enjoy a private screening of A Beautiful Planet documentary in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

The Fleet will offer three more Community Mornings this year as it continues to celebrate 50 years of connecting everyone to the power of science. 

The next Community Morning will be for National City on Saturday, August 26.

For Media
To learn more, schedule an interview with a Fleet subject matter expert or attend Saturday’s inaugural Community Morning, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Specialist Suzanne Sanders at (619) 238-1233 ext. 804 or  

Información y entrevistas en español también están disponibles para los medios necesarios.

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About the Fleet Science Center
Since 1973, the Fleet Science Center has been a central link between science, schools and scientific organizations, collaborating with the communities that call San Diego County home. Its mission is simple yet bold: to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. The organization delivers on this mission through engaging experiences and culturally driven education programs in neighborhoods throughout the county and the historic Balboa Park flagship location. The Fleet creates places of inspiration by collaborating with communities to support and grow STEM talent in San Diego. From interactive exhibits and school field trips to free science programs, the Fleet is forward-thinking and consistently evolving to create positive change in the world. To learn more, visit  

About Balboa Park
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban-cultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit

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