Mary Tran: Science of Gingerbread
and NEW Winter Wonderfest
Over Thanksgiving weekend, my boys and I were at Discovery Cube OC’s Annual Science of Gingerbread. It was not only fun to check out the competition, but also educational! We learned about the ingredients that go into making gingerbread, compared rocks to candies, watched a 3D printing of a Gingerbread House, raced our gingerbread car with candy parts, and Santa was there too!
Everyone went all out and got really creative! Even the team from Bean Sprouts Cafe got in on the action and called theirs “Santa and the Beanstalk.” We saw everything from Minions to castles, Minecraft, candy factories, Gummy Bear Land and more using all fun themes. Some used candy, brownie bites, girl scout cookies, gum drops, colored waffles, Nightmare Before Christmas used red licorice, and everything you can imagine. Watch the short video below for a peek!
Competitions are held daily at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm. Who knew that building a vehicle with candy could be so much fun?! There are three stations. Here’s what you’ll need to know…
Station 1 – Speedy Sweets Car Parts
Each child will be given a ticket to redeem for a bag of car parts. Stay in line to get bonus candy pieces up to 6 items. Children have the opportunity to select their car wheels. Besides the taste, which one will race faster?
Station 2 – Sweet Ride Garage
Take all the parts to an open table and start building! How creative can you get when you build your wheels and axle? For example, we inserted the skewer stick inside the straw and taped the straw to the bottom of the graham cracker. We cut the jellybean in half to secure the Lifesavers wheels to the stick. The Gummy Bear and Peppermint Candy was placed strategically in the back to provide weight and make the car go faster.
Station 3 – Gingerbread Derby
After we secured everything down with tape, we headed over to race! Stand at the end of the track to see if it will beat out the competition!
Kids get an opportunity to meet with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa will be there on these dates: Saturday, 12/12/2015 – Sunday, 12/13/2015 (11 am – 3 pm) and Saturday, 12/19/2015 – Thursday, 12/24/2015 (11 am – 3 pm).
Other activities include a Kitchen Chemistry Learning Station, a Gingerbread Spices Learning Station, a Build a House Learning Station, Hall of Traditions, Cookie Decorating in the Healthy Kitchen (on select dates), and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Science of Snow demo at the Stage (on select dates). There’s also a Little Elves area for children under 5.
We had a great day learning about the Science of Gingerbread, and want to came back to check out the winners of the Gingerbread Competition. The Hot Wheels exhibit is still there until January 3rd! Everything is so festive this time of year and Discovery Cube makes learning about the science educational and fun!
New Winter Wonderfest!
Something new is coming to Discovery Cube OC this winter! 100 tons of snow is arriving for activities like snow tubing, snow play, snow sledding, and learning all about the Science of Snow! Everyone will get to slide down a 70 foot long ramp on inner tubes, make snowflakes, build snowmen, enjoy snow sledding, and more! Tickets to Winter Wonderfest is an additional $5 plus general admissions. For more ticket information, please visit their website.