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Cosmos’ Balboa Park 2012 Year in Review

Since 2012 didn’t end in a bang—literally, I'm happy to now be in a position to reflect on Balboa Park's biggest tail-wagging moments of 2012.

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My bipedal correspondents tell me 2012 was an exhibition season like no other. For starters, the year opened with an epic Titanic exhibition at the Natural History Museum. The year also featured an exhibition at the San Diego History Center that gave my favorite food group its just due: Tuna! In addition, Ramp It Up at the Museum of Man provided a fresh perspective on the role of skateboarding in Native American culture.

If you missed any of those, don’t despair. You can still catch some of the year’s other alpha offerings, namely the fun-for-the-whole-pack How Things Fly exhibition at the Air & Space Museum; Behold, America! showcasing the best of what three local art museums have to offer, and the always tastefully tasteless Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

The Year in Photos

The year also witnessed the crowning of Balboa Park’s newest Top Dog, Jedi, in the annual Top Dog Photo Contest, proving once again how much better a photo of Balboa Park looks with a dog in it.

Not to be outdone, pups with cameras showed us how to see the Park through their eyes in the Focus on Balboa Park Photo Contest, which this year was opened up to shutterbugs who still remember when cameras required film (whatever that is).

Family Fun

The past 12 months were filled with more than the usual share of activities fit for the entire brood, anchored by two park-wide family day events: the annual Science Family Day in March and the Halloween Family Day.

There were also sold out showings of Disney’s Peter Pan at the San Diego Junior Theatre, a full slate of summer camps presented by first-class cultural organizations, and dozens of laugh-a-minute shows at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre.

Given that Balboa Park, like the rest of the planet, promises to be around for at least another year, there’s no reason not to expect more of the same in 2013.

Here’s to a Howling Happy New Year!