SAN DIEGO—Brace yourself for an electrifying exhibition experience as The Fleet Science Center proudly presents the grand opening of The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience on Saturday, July 1. 

This extraordinary exhibit, based on the internationally acclaimed The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, will transport visitors into a world of thrilling survival strategies and escape tactics. 

Visitors will embark on a heart-pounding journey filled with hands-on challenges and mind-bending puzzles, all meticulously designed to provide the essential skills needed to overcome unexpected real-life scenarios. From staying calm under pressure to thinking logically and being prepared, this immersive exhibition will ignite creativity and problem-solving abilities, ensuring readiness for many unlikely—yet possible—scenarios. 

As visitors step into the exhibit, they will be surrounded by the iconic imagery from the bestselling book series, creating a visually captivating experience. 
Superhero-themed graphics, artifacts and photos will line the Hall of Fame gallery, bringing to life the stories of real-world survival. Visitors can immerse themselves in the minds of these survivors as they discover the skills employed to outwit danger, evade predators and conquer the unimaginable. They can take a moment to honor the everyday heroes who face worst-case scenarios head-on, including emergency first responders, wildlife rescue workers, psychologists and physical trainers. 

The adrenaline-fueled action continues in the Survival Gymnasium, where thirteen exhilarating challenges await visitors’ courage and ingenuity. From learning how to jump from a moving train car and picking a lock to escaping from quicksand, surviving an avalanche, each challenge offers step-by-step instructions, expert advice, and immersive training, ensuring development the essential survival skills required in dire situations. 

The amazing display of extreme survival tools includes the ingenious uses of everyday items few thought possible. Engaging graphics will reveal how to identify anxiety and fear within the body, shedding light on the impact of stress, physical exhaustion and disorientation in life-or-death situations. 

Throughout the Gymnasium are find listening stations where the original audiobook, narrated by Burt Reynolds, provides additional advice and insider tips. 
But the excitement does not end there! A live actor, embodying the role of the Worst-Case Pro, will roam the gallery, sharing witty lines and pro tips in an engaging and humorous manner. 

The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience is not just an exhibit; it is a thrilling journey that cultivates ingenuity, creative thinking and multi-step problem-solving skills. Prepare to be captivated by the wit and wisdom of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, a beloved series that has enthralled millions of readers for two decades.  

The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience is produced by Exhibits Development Group and developed by Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates in collaboration with Quirk Books. This exhibition is locally sponsored in part by the City of San Diego.  

Media tours and interviews:

To schedule a tour of The Worst Case Scenario, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Specialist Suzanne Sanders at (619) 238-1233 ext. 804 or We can arrange interviews with subject matter experts, as well. 

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

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About Exhibits Development Group 
Exhibits Development Group (EDG) ignites and promotes cultural exchange by bringing exhibitions of art, science, history and popular culture to a diverse audience worldwide. We are devoted to maximizing our clients’ collection and exhibition assets while delighting their visitors with educational and entertaining experiences and promotes cultural exchange by bringing exhibitions of art, science, history and popular culture to a diverse audience worldwide. We are devoted to maximizing our clients’ collection and exhibition assets while delighting their visitors with educational and entertaining experiences. To learn more, visit

About Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates 
The Associates of Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates (GMC+A) are among the finest talent in the museum, media, and entertainment industries—and they run the gamut, from blockbuster films to experimental theatre.
We provide original composition from award winning Broadway composers and musicians, writing from Edgar award winning authors and Washington Post journalists, education expertise direct from the classroom, and media produced by documentary filmmakers from the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. To learn more, visit

About Quirk Books 
Founded in 2002, Quirk Books publishes a highly curated list of entertaining, enlightening, and strikingly unconventional books for adults and children in a number of genres and categories. Quirk publishes books that are meant to be shared and discussed—books that are objects of desire—and that have the potential to reach the widest possible readership because of their positioning and packaging. Some of Quirk’s best-selling titles include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Grady Hendrix’s genre busting horror novels My Best Friend’s Exorcism and The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, the legendary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Baby Owner’s Manual, and The Astrology of You and Me. While headquartered on a cobblestone street in historic Old City, Philadelphia, Quirk’s books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House and available wherever books are sold. To learn more, visit

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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