Without archeology, the only reason for humans to collect rocks would be to defend themselves against enemies with scissors. Ogle some storied stones with today's Groupon to the Western Science Center in Hemet. The center offers discounts for seniors and students, while children younger than 4 and those with a military ID are admitted for free. Choose between the following options:
The Western Science Center illuminates the last 230,000 years of the Diamond Valley Lake region's history in a 43,000-square-foot facility packed with interactive displays of artifacts and fossils. Adults and children alike will marvel at the museum's exhibits, gaping in disbelief at a nearly 7-foot-tall giant ground sloth, a 10-foot-tall mastodon named Max, and an average-height staff. Engaging exhibits also show guests what life was like for indigenous people and early western settlers. The museum and on-site research lab share nearly one million archeological artifacts and paleontological specimens, the bulk of which were unearthed during the building of the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir in the early 1990s. Visit the simulated dig site on the museum grounds for a look at hands-on archaeology and paleontology, or for a tutorial on how to build the world's largest dirt castle.
Two short films make the circular movie theater shake and rattle as giants from the Ice Age stampede and step dance across the 270-degree screen. A LEED Platinumcertified museum complex, the center is known for its green design, which features a rooftop bedecked with a 3,000-panel photovoltaic array and a generator powered by the curiosity of children. The science center also hosts special exhibits. The current display examines the history of robots and humans (closing September 11, 2011), with an interactive dinosaur exhibit opening October 1, 2011.
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