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Visitors are invited to create their own experience with the Fleet Science Center

The Fleet's museum galleries and Heikoff Giant Dome Theater reopen to the public on Friday, April 9.

March 29, 2021

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is excited to announce the reopening of their building, safely welcoming guests on Friday, April 9. Visitors are invited to create their experience with exhibit galleries and IMAX® films playing in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. The new hours of operations are Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
In the exhibit galleries, visitors can create their own experience with Design Zone. The brand new exhibition at the Fleet, Design Zone, uses hands-on activities to show how design concepts become real-world experiences in the arts, entertainment, and extreme sports. Visitors can get behind the scenes and create their own skate park, dance beat, rollercoaster, video game and more. In addition, all of the favorite exhibitions, including Kid City, Studio X, Illusions, VR Transporter and more, are open with additional cleaning throughout the day and with more space for safe exploration. 
In the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, visitors can discover one of the rarest animals on earth, the fabled Spirit Bear, hidden from the outside world in one of the planet’s most secluded wildernesses in the new IMAX film, Great Bear Rainforest. Moviegoers can also follow the majestic, Australian green sea turtle Bunji, as she swims thousands of miles across the open ocean in Turtle Odyssey. In Superpower Dogs, audiences can be awed by the amazing Ricochet and his friends as they save lives around the world. 
Guided by the recommendations of state, city and county public health officials and the input from employees and members, the Fleet Science Center has developed a comprehensive plan to welcome employees, volunteers and visitors safely into the building. 
The Fleet will monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real-time and make further adjustments as needed:
  • All visitors ages 2 and up, employees and volunteers are required to wear a mask or face covering and practice physical distancing while in the building, regardless of vaccination status.    
  • Increased frequency of sanitization with our hospital-grade Protexus Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayers throughout the day. High-traffic areas will close for 10 minutes for a deep clean.
  • The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater will be open with reduced capacity. Every other row will be blocked off and require three empty seats in between people in different households. 
  • Kid City will be open for our 5 and under friends with cleanings several times a day and additional sanitizing stations.
  • Some exhibits may be set up in different areas to provide more space for exploration. 
  • In order to reduce time standing in line, online ticket purchases are encouraged. 
  • The Craveology Café and North Star Science Store processes have been updated in compliance with County public health restaurant and retail guidelines.
For a full set of cleaning and building protocols, please visit www.fleetscience.org/health-safety
For more information about Design Zone, visit www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/design-zone.
For showtimes and full descriptions of films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, visit www.fleetscience.org/shows.
Fleet Science Center’s dedication to ensuring that all San Diegans remain connected to the power of science, whether in person or online, remains unwavering. Teams are working tirelessly to prepare for the building’s reopening and look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Fleet Science Center.



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 fleetscience.org.
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 balboapark.org.

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