Big(ger) Kid Fun at the Fleet

It’s a crime what little time I get to spend with my big-ish kids now that life is so full of school, sports and other obligations. We did carve out some family time last week, though, and headed to the RH Fleet Science Center to help solve a crime in the new exhibit, Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery.

School-aged kids will enjoy putting their deductive reasoning skills to use in this interactive exhibit involving forensic science, disguises and fingerprints.


Not only does the Clocktower Mystery exhibit invite an interest in the science of crime-solving, at least for us, it inspired an interest in reading the Sherlock Holmes series created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This exhibit may require a parent’s involvement since there is some amount of reading and thinking involved as you walk through several scenes, including a carnival sideshow, a séance room and a caretaker’s room, searching for clues. The final stop is in the library with Detective Holmes himself. Will your family be the one to solve the mystery???

With its varied, hands-on exhibits, its awesome IMAX films, its Young Scientists preschool program, Saturday Science Club for Girls and educational camps, the Fleet Science Center is our family’s favorite San Diego museum. For more information visit

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