Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet
APRIL  2013
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
With Near-Earth Objects Whizzing by, Great Balls of Fire is Sticking Around Through June 11!
Great Balls of Fire
Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors quickly became the go-to source of information for those curious about comets PANSTARRS and ISON, the very real threat of catastrophic impact from the Russian meteor and several close calls with asteroids. Due to popular demand--and since space phenomena continue to make news--we've extended the exhibition's stay at the Fleet. Come and explore the recent discoveries and the related cutting-edge science. More>> 


Now through June 11 


Plans Proceed Apace for the 40th Anniversary Big Bang Gala!
Big Bang Gala
Co-Chairs Lori Fleet-Martin and Nancy Robertson invite you to celebrate the Fleet Science Center's past, present and future. The entertaining and interactive evening will include casino games of chance, dancing to the Fabulous Ultratones, yummy cocktails, a marvelous meal, engaging science demonstrations, a tribute to esteemed Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch and a peek at our innovative future.

For more information and tickets, visit our Gala site.

Saturday, May 11; 6:00 p.m. to Midnight 


New! Dome Discussions: "The Impossible Railroad" and Rocky Mountain Express
Dutsch Book Cover
Our evening lecture series has a name! Join Dr. Reena Deutsch, local author, as she discusses her popular book, "San Diego and Arizona Railway: The Impossible Railroad." Then thrill to Rocky Mountain Express retracing the original route aboard majestic steam engine 2816 and sharing the alpine nation-building odyssey of Canada's first transcontinental railway, one of the greatest engineering feats in history! More>>

April 18; 6:00 p.m. IMAX® film, lecture to follow. 


Visit the San Diego Model Railroad Museum Free!
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Fleet members only: Present your Fleet membership card at the SDMRM for free admission, April 1-30. Located in the Casa de Balboa (next door to the Fleet).

One more reason that membership is the best way to enjoy all of the Fleet! Not yet a member? Find out how to join! 


Spring Break Spectacular Space Camp at the Fleet!
Spring Camp
Let your kids discover the wonders of space during five fun days filled with space-themed activities dedicated to hands-on science explorations! Explore the solar system in our Great Balls of Fire exhibition, learn about space travel by building rockets and blast off on a simulated space mission. Sign up for a single day or enroll for the entire week.

Summer Camps also on sale now!

April 1-5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Celebrating the Science of the Small!
Nano - Quantum Corral
NanoDay at the Fleet will explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces. A range of exciting programs will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, examine tools used by nanoscientists and invite discussion of technology and society. Big things are happening in the world of nanoscience. More>>

April 6
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


Hail and Farewell. Our Beloved Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch Retires on June 30!
Dr. K
After 30 amazing years of stewardship, Dr. Kirsch will retire as Executive Director of the Fleet, where he notably changed the face of science education in San Diego. Dr. Kirsch, former chair of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and founding president of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, is recognized as a pioneer and major contributor to the production and exhibition of IMAX films in science museums. He will next serve as consulting producer on an upcoming film about the Panama Canal.


Public Mission--Voyage to Mars in the Year 2076!
Challenger Public Mission
You, your family and your friends can travel to the Chryse Research Station on Mars as part of the astronaut corps at the Challenger Learning Center. Gain first-hand experience building and launching a scientific space probe, explore planetary geology and analyze extraterrestrial samples like Mars Rover Curiosity does, monitor life support systems and more. Come join the fun! More>>


April 20

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Quick Links
April Events
Spring Break Extended Hours
Senior Monday
Free Tuesday
Exploring Ethics
The Sky Tonight
Family Science Saturdays
Young Scientists
Family Science Saturdays
Family Science Saturdays
IMAX en Español: 4PM
Family Science Saturdays
Save the Date!
Big Bang Gala

40th Anniversary

Big Bang Gala

Saturday, May 11, 2013

6 p.m. to Midnight 

Now Playing
Rocky Mountain Express
Cosmic Collision
Flight of the Butterflies
To The Arctic
Enter to Win
Congratulations to Thelma de Castro, winner of 2 tickets to Rocky Mountain Express.

This month, it could be YOUR turn to win 2 tickets to the Birch Aquarium!

Birch Aquarium


To enter, please complete this form by April 15, 2013.  


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