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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to host Military Family Day on Sunday, November 9

Active duty military and their families are invited to enjoy complimentary admission to the Fleet.

November 05, 2014

This Sunday, November 9, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center partners with the National Human Genome Research Institute and the San Diego Military Family Collaborative to host Military Family Day.

Active duty military and their family members who have registered for this event are invited to enjoy complimentary admission to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, hands-on activities and an information fair featuring dozens of local organizations that support the military.

The Fleet is open to the public on Military Family Day, and all Fleet visitors are welcome to learn more about local military resources and enjoy free hands-on activities amongst the Fleet's 100+ interactive exhibits.

Military Family Day is being held in celebration of the new exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. The day will also include many fun genome-related activities geared especially toward kids and young adults.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join representatives from the Salk Institute to extract DNA from a cell and get up close and personal with the polymers that are the blueprint of life. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., find out what origami and remote control cars can teach us about how scientist study genomes. Volunteer scientists and UCSD graduate students will be there to share these exciting, hands-on exercises.

Also from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., representatives from the J. Craig Venter Institute will be on hand to present a special activity called, The Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome Exhibit.

The event promises to be an exciting day of learning and giving back to our military service members. More than one thousand active duty military service members and their families have registered to attend. The media is welcome to come and cover the event. Representatives from the Fleet, the National Human Genome Research Institute and the San Diego Military Family Collaborative will be available for interview.

Visuals will include families and children interacting with hands-on exhibits and activities. Vendors will also be presenting their services for military families.

To schedule an interview or media appearance, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or

WHEN:     Sunday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   

WHERE:   Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
                   1875 El Prado in Balboa Park

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Link to the event on the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center website:

Link to the event on the San Diego Military Family Collaborative website:  

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About the San Diego Military Family Collaborative

The San Diego Military Family Collaborative's mission provides an inclusive forum to maximize the collective impact of community resources to enhance military family life. More than anywhere else in the nation, active duty military, returning veterans and their families call San Diego home. The San Diego Military Family Collaborative aims to provide one coordinated place where military families can find resources and stay strong, healthy and connected. SDMFC program and staffing support provided by Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego. More information is available on their website,


About the National Human Genome Research Institute

The NHGRI mission continues to be the study of the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genome research. NHGRI also supports the training of investigators and the dissemination of genome information to the public and to health professionals. Additional information about NHGRI can be found at its website,



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural 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