Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet
DECEMBER  2014         

Mission to Mars!

Be a part of NASA's next mission to Mars! On Thursday, December 4, NASA will do a test launch of the Orion spacecraft. You're invited to join us at the Fleet to watch this momentous event live on the Giant Dome screen! The Fleet will be

open early, with coffee and pastries available for purchase from Galileo's Café, and resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, in attendance to answer questions about the launch.


Sign up now because space is limited! More>>


Thursday, December 4, 7 to 9:30 a.m. 


December Nights!

Be sure to visit us at the Fleet during December Nights! We'll have a special appearance by Santa Claus, a chance to take a unique holiday picture in front of a special green screen and a "make your own crystal snowflake" Tinkering activity for just $5. More>>


Come early to beat the crowds! The Fleet is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


December Nights is held in Balboa Park, Friday, December 5, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, noon to 11 p.m.


Final Weeks for ILLUSION and Genome

Our two current traveling exhibitions aren't going to be here much longer. December is the last full month to see them. Genome: Unlocking Life's Code ends on January 4. ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems closes the next week on January 11. Both exhibitions have been tremendously popular and are great for science enthusiasts of all ages. Come see them now while you still can! And keep your eyes peeled for the next set of exciting exhibitions coming to the Fleet in February. 


PERCEPTION to Run Through the Holidays

Our live illusionist show, PERCEPTION: See Beyond the Illusion, has been so popular that we've extended it AGAIN! The World Champion of Magic, Jason Latimer, has been dazzling Fleet audiences since July with his fantastic science-based illusions. He'll be performing every Saturday and Sunday through December and DAILY through the winter break, December 26 to January 4. Bring the whole family to see the show! More>> 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Fleet will be part of a day of giving that will change the calendar, make history and celebrate a day dedicated to generosity.  
Visit our website on this date and look for the #GivingTuesday banner to support the Fleet for this one-day only #UNselfie event!

Join the movement and help support science on Tuesday, December 2.

Holiday Shopping at the North Star Science Store

Come do your holiday shopping with us! The North Star Science Store in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has unique gifts for everybody, most of which aren't available anywhere else in town. Come check out our collection of games, science projects, IMAX DVDs and more. The North Star Science Store has gifts for science enthusiasts of all ages! More>>


Rock in the Park

Tickets are on sale now for our 2015 Rock in the Park concert series. Concerts will be held at the Fleet Science Center on select Friday nights, January through May 2015. The series kicks off with

Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe on Friday, January 16.



The complete schedule is available here. Get tickets now!


Friday, January 16. Doors open at 7 p.m.


Membership Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift!  

Gift memberships to the Fleet are available! Get one today for your family or loved ones. They'll think of you every time they come to see an IMAX film or the opening of a new exhibition. Our live science shows, Don't Try This at Home! begin in January. In May, we open Circus: Science Under the Big Top. Give your friends and family the opportunity to share the science all year long! More>>


Winter Camps for Kids

Keep the young minds in your life active (and out of the house!) this holiday break by enrolling them in Fleet Winter Camps! Kids grades 1-3 can enjoy science camps that delve into engineering, space exploration, physics and chemistry. Kids grades 4-6 can join our computer programing winter camp. Camps run between December 22 and January 2. Sign up early because the spots fill up fast! More>>


The Fleet Remembers Vic Engleman 

It is with sad hearts that we share the news that past Fleet Board Member and Trustee Emeritus Victor Engleman passed away in early November. 


Vic and his wife Louise were involved with the Fleet for many years.  Vic was instrumental in bringing Kid City and the Tinkering Studio to life. He served on and/or chaired many committees, including Strategic Planning, Education & Exhibits, Investment, Trustee Affairs and the Executive Committee.


Vic's service, kindness and generosity to the Fleet continue to be enjoyed daily by the many young scientists and budding tinkerers who visit here. He will be missed, but he is fondly remembered by his extended Fleet family.



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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.
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December Events

Senior Mondays
2FREE First Tuesday
The Sky Tonight
4Orion Launch Event
5 & 6December Nights
6Tinkerers' Club
6Family Science Saturdays
13Saturday Science Club for Girls
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Family Science Saturdays
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20Family Science Saturdays
22Winter Camps Begin
25The Fleet is Open!
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Enter to Win

    Congratulations to Brian Maher, last month's winner of a $25 Gift Certificate to the North Star Science Store. Just in time for holiday shopping!


This month, it could be YOUR turn to win! 


Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. 

Birch Aquarium  


To enter, please complete this by form

 December 15, 2014.


Store Spotlight

Make an oozing, bubbling liquid motion lamp!

The Plasma Reactor makes a great holiday gift for the budding scientist in your life!


Available in the North Star Science Store for:

$24.95 nonmembers

$22.46 members.



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