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This Week at the FLEET & Beyond ~ July 1, 2013!

Please Note: Summer Hours & New Ticket Prices!

July 01, 2013



The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Announces Summer Hours and New Pricing!



The Fleet will be open from 10AM–6PM daily from Friday, July 5, through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. Tinkering Studio hours will be12noon–5PM daily.


New Fleet Prices, applicable as of July 1, 2013:


Gallery Admission (access to all eight exhibit galleries) will continue to be free for Members. Prices for nonmembers: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11


Giant Dome Theater Admission (1 film or 1 planetarium show + access to all eight exhibit galleries): Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10; Nonmembers: Adults $17,  Seniors $15, Children $14


“The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show Admission: Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10; Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12


Free Tuesdays Show Admission: all Members: $9; all Nonmembers: $10


To add a second show: all Members: $6; all Nonmembers: $7



The Fleet is open at 10AM 365 days a year; closing times vary.



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Check our website for updated information




Mathematic Principles + Artistic Inclination = Hands-On Unique Origami Creations with Tinkering Studio Coordinator Bruce Gemmell––Wednesday, July 3!



The traditional art of paper folding has evolved into a venerable modern art form with solid foundations in math and science. A flat sheet of material is transformed into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Tinkering Studio Coordinator Gemmell has taught architecture both in the US and abroad. This event will be held the first Wednesday of each month.



Wednesday, July 3; 4PM–7PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Theatre Lobby


Participation is included with gallery admission.



Resident Astronomer Dr. Lisa Will Salutes Comic-Con (Geekitude) and the 44th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing With TO BOLDLY GO! Exploration of the Solar System at The Sky Tonight on Wednesday, JULY 3!



For decades, humans have explored the solar system with manned and unmanned spacecraft. From stepping foot on the Moon to flying through the rings of Saturn, our spacecraft have boldly explored the solar system. In this month of Comic-Con and the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing, join us to celebrate the exploration of space. Our popular monthly live planetarium show of the sky in SD that night reaches a new level of stunning full-color visuals and incredibly realistic simulations of cosmic phenomena with our new state-of-the-art digital GSX™ projection system. A professional astronomer leads backyard stargazers through the universe. Weather and operational requirements permitting, the SD County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park. This is a separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month.



Wednesday, July 3, 7PM & 8:15PM



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Giant Dome Theater


Check for updated prices.



Travel through space with HUBBLE, the First Presentation of the Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival—Then Come Back Next Week for a Staycation Exploring YELLOWSTONE From the Comfort of Your Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Seat!



The fan fave IMAX® films have been chosen and will play twice a day* throughout the summer! First up, starting Friday, July 5, and playing through Thursday, July 11, is Hubble. One of our visitors’ most-requested films, it brings you stunning imagery of distant galaxies and the birth of stars and planets, plus NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories. It will also be featured on Sunday, July 22, playing at 4PM with a Spanish soundtrack for IMAX® en Español, an opportunity for our bilingual visitors to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish.

Yellowstone will play from Friday, July 12, through Thursday, July 18. This marvelous trip through the national park showcases the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity and wildlife unique to this region, from sunrise over the Grand Tetons to a trip inside Old Faithful.

The remaining schedule includes Dolphins (July 19–25); Adventures in Wild California (July 26–August 1); Mysteries of Egypt (August 2–8); Everest (August 9–15); Coral Reef Adventure (August 16–22); Lewis & Clark (August 23–29); Grand Canyon Adventure (August 30–September 2). Continuing to play are our popular IMAX films Flight of the Butterflies, To the Arctic and Rocky Mountain Express, and planetarium show Cosmic Collisions.  *In some cases, i.e., if we close early for a special event, a film may play only once during the day.



July 5 through September 5!

Hubble IMAX® en Español: Sunday, July 22, at 4PM



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater


Giant Dome Theater Admission (1 film or 1 planetarium show + access to all eight exhibit galleries): Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10; Nonmembers: Adults $17,  Seniors $15, Children $14

Film Festival Fan Pack—5 tickets for $65 (Festival films only)




Find Out If You Can Change the World as We Know It! The Challenges Continue at FAMILY SCIENCE SATURDAYS in JULY With Bio-INSPIRATION!



Bio-Inspiration involves studying designs and processes found in nature and attempting to imitate these systems to solve human problems. We will explore Bio-Inspiration by scientifically analyzing our own experiences and imaginations. We’ll draw and build models to see what structures, processes and principles emerge and how they might be applied to human pursuits. You might even find a way to create or revolutionize an industry and change the world as we know it. Not a bad pastime for a Saturday afternoon. Note: this subject has been changed.



Saturday, July 6/13/20/27; 1PM–3PM



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Activities included with admission.



X-Men Unite! It’s DNA Day With the Salk Institute, All About Mutant Flies; and It’s Embrace Your Geekness Day! Saturday Afternoon, JULY 13!


Join us and scientists from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and experience the excitement of scientific discovery. Get a close up view of some real mutant fruit flies.  Learn about the strange-but-true things that can happen in the realm of genetics. You can also learn about genes and mutations as you participate in a fun and educational hands-on activity.



Saturday, July 13; 12noon–3PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Activities included with admission.



Head North and Meet Fleet Space Geek Team Members in Oceanside on JULY 13! Astronomy Fans From Across the Region Are Attending the 9th Annual Southern California Astronomy Expo (SCAE), and So Are We!



Resident astronomer Dr. Lisa Will & Education Manager of School Programs Jason Hammond will staff a booth at the Astronomy Expo at Oceanside Photo & Telescope for 500–700 avid astronomers. Fleet activities will include Ask An Astronomeranything you want to know about the stars, planets, moons, asteroids or comets in our Solar System. Jason will create a comet from common (well, mostly) household items at 11AM, 1PM & 3PM, a very unique demonstration. Play Meteorites and Meteor-wrongcan you tell the difference between a meteorite and an ordinary Earth rock? Come by and check out the varying characteristics––and hold a piece of space that is up to 4.5 billion years old! Let our amazing interactive globe, Magic Planet, transport you to other worlds, eras, times and eventssee the surface of Mars or the atmospheric conditions of Jupiter, or the Earth at night as viewed from outer space. Fun for all!



Saturday, July 13; 10AM–5PM


Oceanside Photo & Telescope (918 Mission Ave, Oceanside CA 92054)  





Ready for Some High-Flying Fun? Join Us JULY 13 for Saturday Science Club for Girls’ AEROSPACE CHALLENGE!



Learn about the principles of flight by building gliders and rockets. Girls in grades 5–8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Each Saturday session is filled with new challenges, hands-on activities and interaction with local women scientists. Throughout the year, we explore an array of fields, including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and much more! (Stinky little brothers and other troublesome boys can join in if they like!)



Saturday, July 13; 12noon–2PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Members $12, nonmembers $14; must pre-register by calling (619) 238-1233 x806.



 “Explor-O-Rama—Get Your Hands On Science(through June 1, 2014)

“Nano: Imagine and Discover a World You Can’t See!”  (ongoing)

Tinkering Studio”  (ongoing)

“Cellular Journey” (ongoing)

“Block Busters!” (ongoing)

“So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy” (ongoing)

“Kid City” (ongoing)

“San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap” (ongoing)

“Aging for All Ages” (ongoing)

“Origins in Space” (ongoing)

“Gallery of Illusions & Perceptions” (ongoing)




For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:

Daily Schedule


Cosmic Collisions––A spectacular immersive theater experience, narrated by award-winning actor, director and producer Robert Redford. Featuring stunning images from space and breathtaking visualizations based on cutting-edge scientific data—revealing the unimaginable, explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth and continue to transform our galaxy and dynamic universe.



Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. Spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive immerse audiences in this remarkable story form the age of steam.


Flight of the Butterflies—The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. It weighs less than a penny, yet it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. You’ll join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey while following an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, an award-winning production team, a true scientific mystery, and hundreds of millions of real butterflies, Flight of the Butterflies soars on the giant IMAX® Dome screen.


To The Arctic—An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, a compelling tale of survival, with global implications. A mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage of their struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, audiences are transported to one of the most remote and spectacularly beautiful places in the world and experience an emotional story of love, family and hope.  To The Arctic is now available En Español on the headsets, channel 3.


If you would like complimentary media tickets to visit the exhibitions or see an IMAX film or Planetarium show, please contact Susan Chicoine directly with your request: or (619) 685-5743 or (619) 325-9416/cell.  Let me know what date works for you and how many you need, and I will leave passes at the will-call window in your name.



                                Monday–Thursday:                      10AM–5PM

                                First Wednesday of month:     10AM–8PM

                                Friday:                                               10AM–7PM

                                Saturday:                                         10AM–7PM

                                Sunday:                                            10AM–6PM


SUMMER HOURS, beginning July 5

                                Monday–Sunday:                            10AM–6PM

                                Tinkering Studio hours:               12noon–5PM



NEW FLEET PRICES, applicable as of JULY 1, 2013:

                                GALLERY ADMISSION (access to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                Members free; Nonmembers: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11

                                GIANT DOME THEATER ADMISSION (1 film or 1 planetarium show + access to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10; Nonmembers: Adults $17,  Seniors $15, Children $14

                                “The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show ADMISSION

                                Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10;

                                Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12

                                                         Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

                                Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $9; Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $10

                                Add a Second Show

                                                         Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $6;                                 Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $7



Phone: (619) 238-1233

Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101





Other Great Events Coming Up in JULY:


Celebrate Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR! Forty years ago, a spark ignited our imaginations! Join us in celebration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to our San Diego community. March 9, 1973, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center opened its doors and brought interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, the Fleet inspires minds and connects individuals to science and technology through more than 100 “do touch” exhibits for all ages and amazing IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Our year-long celebration will feature blockbuster exhibitions, incredible events and dynamic educational experiences. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to connecting individuals to science and technology, and we look forward to our next four decades of inspiring lifelong learning.


JULY 2—FREE First Tuesday at the FLEET! Free admission to galleries for SD City/County residents, active-duty military, college students. Tickets for Giant Dome Theater shows are only $10. ID required.


JULY 5––Extended summer hours begin; 10AM-6PM Daily.


JULY 20—Astronomy Milestone: 44th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon


JULY 22—IMAX® en Español––Hubble. Stunning imagery of distant galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, plus NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories. IMAX en Español is an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish. Additionally, headsets are always available free of charge for audiences to listen to available Spanish soundtracks when films with English soundtracks play. Admission includes one film and the Fleet’s exhibit galleries, which feature more than 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages. Many of our exhibits feature bilingual explanatory text. 4PM. Check for updated prices. 


JULY 29–AUGUST 2—Summer Fleet Inquiry Institute for K-8 Teachers. The Weeklong Fleet Inquiry Institute is open to K-8 teachers and is an entryway into the professional development programming at the Fleet Science Center. Join other teachers from throughout Southern California and experience inquiry as a learner, compare different approaches to teaching hands-on science, explore a variety of questioning strategies, rework current lesson plans to be more student-centered and strengthen your argument for using inquiry to teach science. This workshop is based upon the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional development program developed by the Exploratorium. Preference will be given to groups of teachers applying from the same school site. Space is limited, apply by July 19. 9AM–3PM. $20 registration/application process fee (fully refunded after you attend all 5 days of the institute).



Event information subject to change.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Susan Chicoine: Public Relations Manager  619.325.9416/Cell | 619.685.5743/Office

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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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