Scout writes: Dear Cosmos, with gas prices the way they are, my family is leaning toward a staycation this spring break. Is there enough to do in Balboa Park for them to take the pups there this year?
Cosmos: Forget gas prices. Have you seen how much it costs to take a pack of four to Disneyland these days? At least $336 for one-day tickets alone! For less than half that amount, a family can visit all 14 museums in Balboa Park over a seven-day period with the Balboa Park Passport.*
If your pups start yapping about how boring museums sound in comparison to standing in line for over an hour to go on one ride, tell them about these exhibitions:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not (SD Air & Space Museum)
It is a small world after all, with such a large selection of Ripley’s most bizarre and amazing oddities from all over the world right here in Balboa Park. The hands-on interactive displays create a fun and immersive environment for pups of any size or breed.
Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders (SD Natural History Museum)
Presented like a vintage circus sideshow, visitors can step right up to witness the true wonders of a bug’s life firsthand. Some of the most unusual critters from the remotest regions of the planet join those from our own backyard in a live bug zoo.
Cosmic Collisions (Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)
Be propelled to infinity and beyond to witness re-creations of some of the most catastrophic and constructive collisions that shaped our galaxy, solar system, and planet. After the big-screen digital show, pups can frolic in the museum’s interactive science playground.
Lowrider Legends 2013 (Automotive Museum)
No autotopia is complete without these highly iconic cars that make Southern California car culture so distinct. Pimped, polished, and in cherry condition, you won’t find a finer collection of tricked-out vehicles north of the Orange County line.
Instruments of Torture (SD Museum of Man)
Given the unfortunate reality of torture for many over the centuries, as sensitively explored through this selection of historic torture devices, I can’t imagine our ancestors would understand why anyone would willingly sit in a life-sized spinning teacup for several minutes.
* Certain specially ticketed exhibitions may not be included with museum entry.