Peanut the hamster writes: Dear Cosmos, I must admit, it even wears me out watching my family run around like a hamster on coffee to get all of their holiday shopping done. Can they really find everything they need right there in Balboa Park?
Cosmos: If they are looking for smart watches, tablets, video game consoles, or other run of the puppy mill electronics, then probably not. But that’s not to say Balboa Park museum gift stores don’t offer their own breed of top-of-the-line tech gear, along with hundreds of other unique gift ideas, including designer jewelry and accessories, home décor, posters, books, and toys.
Here is just a small sampling of exciting new tech gear available at select Balboa Park museum gift stores this holiday season.
San Diego Natural History Museum
If a shelter animal is too big of a responsibility for your child, you can bring home this friendly AI dinosaur pet that only eats batteries, perfect for developing motor skills of budding techies 8 years old and up.
3-in-One All-Terrain Robot
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Adolescent pups can take their robotic engineering skills to the next level with a versatile multi-function robotic kit. Transforming into a forklift, rover, or gripper, it proves there is more than one way to skin a cat (or at least push it off the furniture).
Museum of Photographic Arts
Take the stress out of remembering to email those digital photo files (or remembering anything) after an intoxicating holiday party by enjoying the instant gratification that only an instant film camera can offer. MOPA’s store also sells the film you’ll need.
The San Diego Museum of Art
Before there was mobile tech, there was, well, the mobile, a very modern kinetic art form invented by American artist Alexander Calder in the early 20th century. This is the only mobile kit that lets you build and rebuild your own mobile in a variety of ways, which you may be doing a lot if your cat can reach it.