From Fun Facts to Feeling Fit: Discovery Cube Orange County’s Healthy Living Initiatives Teach Families How to Make Smart Food Choices and the Importance of Proactive Lifestyles
New Attractions Include Petersonville Healthy Kitchen and Bean Sprouts Café, Where Visitors Can Learn About Healthy Dining Choices and Indulge in Good-for-You, Kid-Friendly Foods
SANTA ANA, Calif., August 24, 2015 – In a county in which nearly 24 percent of residents are obese, nonprofit Discovery Cube Orange County is expanding its healthy living initiatives by using science to inspire families to make healthier living choices – and anticipates impacting up to 500,000 guests annually. These experiential programs and exhibits, including the brand new Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, demonstrate the interconnectivity of body systems, mental health and nutrition – plus offer families new tools to help them learn the importance of nutrition, food choices and how to cook healthier, tasty meals.
“Childhood obesity is an epidemic that’s setting up children for shortened lifespans and chronic illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma and cancer,” said Joe Adams, president of Discovery Cube Orange County. “With our ability to reach half a million visitors every year, we have the responsibility to give families tools to stem this epidemic and create a generation of consumers who prioritize their health. We’re emphasizing food science because making informed decisions for eating, shopping and preparing meals can be a family activity disguised as play.”
Kids Learn Kitchen Knowledge (And Teach Their Parents, Too!)
Expanding on Discovery Cube Orange County’s emphasis on teaching guests how their bodies function, the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen is a first-of-its-kind exhibition where guests can participate in hands-on live cooking demonstrations and collaborative classes. In this full, working demonstration kitchen, presented by San Juan Capistrano residents Sheila and Jim Peterson and developed in conjunction with culinary arts expert Deanna Durigon, children will discover that healthy food not only tastes good, it’s good for their physical and psychological wellness, too.
By becoming chefs for the day, they will supplement the food science lessons taught in other exhibits by preparing fun, healthy and easy-to-make snacks and simple dishes that are good for the whole family, such as celery powered by peanut protein with raisins appearing as “ants on a log.” The Petersonville Healthy Kitchen also will host cultural food classes to introduce healthy flavors from countries around the world, exposing families to lessons about historical influences fashioning cultural cuisine.
Back at home, parents and kids can re-create these meals and bond over healthy living. In addition, visitors will learn valuable kitchen and food handling safety tips as part of this health and wellness exhibit. Younger children will be introduced to concepts such as the importance of refrigeration, while older children will learn more advanced skills, such as the proper use and handling of hot or sharp kitchen utensils.
Also in an effort to give visitors skills for healthy living they can take home, a mock grocery store exhibit, Discovery Market, gives kids the opportunity to become health-conscious shoppers. There, they learn how to read nutrition labels and select good-for-them ingredients through hands-on activities.
In the future, the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen will offer an Orange County celebrity chef series, Mommy & Me classes, homeschool group activities, advanced teen classes, seasonally inspired classes, and more.
Live What You Learn Before Leaving The Cube
Also as part of the healthy living initiatives, Discovery Cube Orange County now is home to Bean Sprouts Café. Cofounded by two mompreneurs, Bean Sprouts is the leading healthy kid-focused café chain to serve family destinations like Discovery Cube.
This newly opened onsite eatery is designed with young visitors in mind. Bean Sprouts’ Imaginibbles children’s menu receives awards consistently for creative presentations and wholesome ingredients. Plus, the Imaginibbles kids’ counter is lower and has a picture menu that allows children to order on their own, reinforcing the lesson that healthy eating is delicious as well as nutritious.
For adult visitors, Bean Sprouts offers sandwich and salad choices as well as an organic espresso bar. There’s also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, nut-free and egg-free options available on the menu.
Combined, Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, Bean Sprouts Café and the Discovery Market help Discovery Cube Orange County spread the message that healthy food choices lead to healthier lives.
The Petersonville Healthy Kitchen will open to the public on Labor Day weekend from September 5 – 7, 2015, with 30-minute demonstrations three times a day every weekend moving forward. During weekends in September, demonstrations will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., including a ten-minute Q&A portion. Bean Sprouts Café is now open.
Labor Day weekend Healthy Kitchen demonstrations will be fun, kid-approved dishes, including cinnamon carrot chips with honey yogurt dip, watermelon pizza, and whole-wheat spaghetti with summer vegetables.
The Healthy Kitchen seats 45 guests, on a first-come first-served basis. There is no pre-registration required.
Early in 2016, Petersonville Healthy Kitchen will host Orange County celebrity chefs for demonstrations during the first weekend of each month.
Admission to Discovery Cube OC is available on-site or online at www.oc.discoverycube.org/. General admissions prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($14.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95).
About Discovery Science Foundation
The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second nonprofit museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit discoverycube.org. Follow the Orange County and Los Angeles campus on Twitter (@DiscoveryCubeOC and @DiscoveryCubeLA).