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The Fleet Science Center extends the popular exhibition Pause|Play through January 5, 2020

The exhibition has seen nearly 250,000 visitors since opening on February 15, 2019.

September 03, 2019

Make a splash in The Pool.

Make a splash in The Pool.
Play catch while you spin on the Merry-Go-Round.

Play catch while you spin on the Merry-Go-Round.
Slip down a 31-foot slide.

Slip down a 31-foot slide.
Test your aim with the Basketball Hoops.

Test your aim with the Basketball Hoops.
Whirl in Magis Spun Chairs.

Whirl in Magis Spun Chairs.
San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is excited to announce that due to popular demand, its Pause|Play exhibition has been extended to January 5, 2020. Pause|Play, an adult-sized playground with a scientific twist, is an invitation for the young and the young-at-heart to leave the digital world behind, hit pause on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play.
The corresponding weekly event for the 21-plus crowd, Adult Recess, has been extended through September. Adult Recess offers a chance for grownups to experience Pause|Play and the Fleet's other interactive exhibits and indulge in a no-host bar on Friday nights.
Pause|Play features more than 10 experiences that were each designed to evoke childhood memories. Playing is not only enjoyable, it also has cognitive, social, emotional and health benefits for every age. The exhibition entices visitors to explore through play, and it incorporates a scientific twist to enhance every activity.
The first part of the exhibition, the Park, brings the outdoors inside with playground activities set amongst grass below and clouds above. The slide invites visitors to climb up and plunge down. Unlike other slides, this slide clocks the speed and visitors can try out different factors to see how they affect their speed. Included in this area, visitors will also explore the Coriolis force through a whirling merry-go-round and topology with augmented-reality sandboxes.
Nearby, visitors will find the pool. This pool is filled with balls, lit from below, where visitors can experience different scientific concepts like displacement and crowd estimation.
In the Neighborhood, visitors can test their perception and aim with the basketball hoops, ride a tricycle with square wheels and play a glowing game of hopscotch.
Pause|Play is an immersive, evocative experience for the mind and body. Through this exhibition, the Fleet Science Center invites everyone to relax and remember, experiment and enjoy: Pause|Play.
"We love being able to create something new and unique for our visitors," said Dr. Steve Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. "Pause|Play allows visitors to engage in full-body interactives while using science, resulting in a completely unique experience."
"Pause|Play is the first exhibition of this magnitude that has been developed by the Fleet Science Center in over 20 years," said Paul Siboroski, Exhibits Director at the Fleet Science Center. "This exhibition definitely provides a one-of-a-kind experience for our visitors."
"We strive to be innovative with our approach to how we share science," said Ashanti Davis, Exhibit Project Supervisor at the Fleet Science Center. "Pause|Play is an example of the Fleet's capacity to design relevant experiences for science enthusiasts of all ages."
The bilingual exhibition is now open daily at the Fleet Science Center, through January 5, 2020. Pause|Play is included with admission.
The Fleet Science Center is also extending its popular 21+ event, Adult Recess. On Friday nights in September, visitors are invited to enjoy Pause|Play until 9 p.m. with adult beverages available for purchase and fun music playing in the exhibit galleries. Adult Recess is exclusively for the 21+ crowd.
A full list of Pause|Play exhibit descriptions is included below. More information can also be found on our website: www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/pauseplay.
Visitors are encouraged to use the hashtag #pauseplayscience and tag @fleetscience when posting to social media.
Pause|Play is generously funded in part by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Solar Turbines.
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Exhibits in Pause|Play:
  • The Slide: Unlike other slides, this slide clocks the slider's speed and visitors can try out different factors to see how they affect their speed.
  • The Merry-Go-Round: On this merry-go-round, visitors can play a perplexing game of catch as they spin.
  • The Sandbox: The typical plastic shovel and bucket are replaced with augmented reality in these sandboxes.
  • The Magispun Chairs: These chairs look like spinning tops, and they make having a seat become an adventure.
  • The Pool:This pool is filled with balls, lit from below, where visitors can learn about displacement and crowd estimation.
  • The Maze: Visitors can choose one of three ways to move through the maze. After finishing the maze, visitors can note how long it took and head back to the entrance to see if they can beat their time by testing a new way to go through it.
  • Hopscotch: In this game,visitors make the squares in the hopscotch light up and create sounds by jumping on them.
  • The Basketball Hoops: Distortion glasses make this game an all-new challenge. As visitors throw the ball at the hoop, the ball doesn't go where their eyes say it should.
  • The Square-Wheeled Tricycle: By adding a track of evenly-spaced arches, this square-wheeled tricycle is able to ride smoothly.
  • Hide-and-Seek: As visitors look through different colored filters, the goal of this game is to find the hidden pieces that match the color of the filter.
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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 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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