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New Exhibition Explores Some Very “Cool” Places

 From Polar Bears to Penguins, San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa ParkWhile most residents agree that San Diego, and Balboa Park in particular, are some of the coolest places on Earth, they certainly aren’t among the coldest, which is why we love to live, work, and play here.

The dubious “honor” of the coldest places on Earth of course goes to the two Polar Regions—though certain flippered and fury friends of mine aren’t complaining. In fact, a new exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum examines just how important it is that the Poles stay nice and chilly for both cold-loving critters and us warm weather hounds.

Through special interactive displays, videos, games, and authentic artifacts, Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins transports visitors to two of the most remote and mysterious regions on the planet, beginning with the Arctic Circle, a.k.a. the North Pole, before heading down to Antarctica, the bottom end of the Earth.

Young pups will especially enjoy climbing inside a polar bear’s den, putting on a penguin suit to learn how to walk and slide like a penguin, and testing their skills at the “Feed the Chick Game.” At the end of each main section, visitors have an opportunity to test their knowledge in a four-person video quiz game.

But while polar bears and penguins steal the show, other displays explore various aspects of polar geology, including ice bergs and seasonal ice movements, as well as the fragile existence of other animals, insects, birds, and even plants that thrive in sub-zero temperatures—more power to them!

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