Jasmine Forte: Discovery Cube LA: A Summer of Discovery at The Discovery Cube LA!

Jasmine Forte: Discovery Cube LA: A Summer of Discovery at The Discovery Cube LA!

The Discovery Cube LA has an exciting Summer in store for visitors starting right now! I took my kids to visit the Discovery Cube LA for the first time and I have to admit, I was just as excited to get my hands on the exhibits as my kids were.

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First up on our visit was the Animal Grossology exhibit. This exhibit will run until September 7th, 2015and is just oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games. My kids absolutely loved this Barf-tastic exhibit! The kids got to meet Malcolm, the Animal Grossology mascot, they participated in a live show on the Discovery Stage, climbed aboard a submarine and much, much more!

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Parker was most excited to jump into the Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit located downstairs next to the Bean Sprouts Café and gift shop. This exhibit is also here for the Summer months and will run until September 7th, 2015. It looked just like the books I used to read to him when he was younger. Complete with Clifford, his dog house, a boat to sail, cooking, watering the flowers, a musical area and so much more. I couldn’t get him out of here to keep exploring!

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Next up was the awesome LA Kings Science of Hockey exhibit. This entire exhibit was hands on and filled with interactive games for kids and adults. Jackson couldn’t wait to give hockey a try. He played goalie and took a turn shooting the puck at a virtual goalie.

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We spent the rest of the day trying to explore the entire museum. We took a ride on a helicopter, we journeyed under water, went rock climbing, tested our strength, inspected a house and practiced recycling.

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One of their most favorite exhibits at the Discovery Cube LA was shopping at the Discovery Market! They couldn’t get enough of this place. Each shopping cart has a built-in game that leads our little shoppers on a healthy shopping spree.

“Grab your cart, aim your scanner and zoom through the aisles in this exciting grocery store game. Learn the importance of making healthy and Earth-friendly choices when you shop. Are you up for the challenge?”

Of course, I had to get in on all the fun! I challenged my kids to see who could complete their list and make it up on the Super Shoppers wall!

Be sure to visit the Discover Cube LA next week for a special Summer Event:

Inventors Week

Jun 27 – July 12

Calling all junior inventors! Inventors Week is coming to the Discovery Cube LA! This two-week event invites inventors and creators of all ages to discover the science behind various gizmos and gadgets with interactive exhibits.Inventors Week will include the following interactive activities: Learning Stations (daily from 10 am – 5 pm)
-Snap Circuits
-LED Pins Wearable Tech
-Biomimicry Stage Shows (running daily)
-”Bright Ideas” stage show
 Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91342

This blog post was written by and all the photos are by Jasmine Forte. You can read her blog, So You Think You Can Mom, here.

Stacy Molter: Discovery Cube LA Summer Exhibits


Discovery Cube LA celebrates summer with two new interactive, hands-on science exhibits; Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Animal Grossology. Discovery Cube LA Summer Exhibits

Discovery Cube LA offers exhibits, field trips, and assembly programs to allow kids to think and learn using their hands. Their science education programs align with the Next Generation Science Standards and their professional development workshops for educators provide cutting-edge methods for instruction, high quality lesson plans, and hands-on activities to integrate into the classroom. Discovery Cube LA is also in the process of creating a home-school program to help bring science into home classrooms, giving parents an opportunity to teach science through hands on learning.

DISCOVERY CUBE LA SUMMER EXHIBITS – ADVENTURES WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG & ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog transports you to the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth, and all the residents of Birdwell Island. When exploring the exhibit, you will encounter the people and places that make up Clifford’s world! The exhibit offers paws-on adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas.” These 10 simple, tangible, life lessons are designed to help young children navigate their world. Located in Clifford’s own backyard on Birdwell Island, children can playfully explore the exhibit’s themed areas including: Samuel’s Fish & Chips Snacks, Musical Marina, T-Bone’s Beach, Clifford’s Dog House, Emily’s Backyard Theater and The Howard’s House, Cleo’s Backyard, Birdwell Island Post Office, and the Birdwell Island Library and Norman Birdwell Art Retrospective.

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You can even enjoy a Meet & Greet with Clifford and his friends on select dates.

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Ever wonder why dogs sniff each other’s rear ends, why cows need four stomachs to digest their food, or why cats spit up hair balls? You can find out the answers to all these nasty questions and more at Animal Grossology! Get up close and personal with some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on Earth through hands-on, interactive displays. The interactive displays include: Dookie Lovers, Blood Suckers, Slime Makers, Vomit Munchers, and much more!

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Plus, you can check out a pretty cool live, hands-on science demonstrations led by Discovery Cube staff. With tons of guest interaction, their shows will entertain and educate the whole family!

But that’s not all of what you’ll find at Discovery Cube LA. Discovery Cube LA strives to increase the skills of both students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, thus preparing students to successfully enter the workforce and become productive, problem-solving community members. Their exhibits and programs help students improve their science proficiency in the classroom and better understand the Next Generation Science Standards. You can find even more exhibits and displays including: The Planetary Research Center, The Science of Hockey Exhibit, Simulated Helicopter Tour, Aquavator, Discovery Market, Race to Zero Waste, and the Inspector Training Course.

This blog post was written by and all the photos are by Stacy Molter. You can read her blog, Fancy Shanty, here.

Pattie Cordova: Discovery Cube OC Expansion Sneak Peek


Discovery Cube OC is debuting its grand expansion on June 11, 2015. It basically doubled in size, and they’re doing an amazing job at filling in their new 44,000 square-foot campus.

We got a sneak peek at what Discovery Cube Orange County will offer, and that includes hands-on permanent exhibits, themed science adventures, interactive programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning spaces. They will also focus on cultivating an appreciation for the smallest ecosystems on earth to the largest exploration of the cosmos.

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Along with exhibits, Discovery Cube Orange County also features a new 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It provides the ability to transform an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater for greater flexibility in giving the families of Orange County an ever-changing destination for entertainment and education.

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Finally, they have added a new favorite of ours – the Bean Sprouts Café. This amazing kid-friendly café will also house a cooking school that will open up a new realm of event possibilities for both kids and adults. Currently, you can find an assortment of healthy foods for visitors of all ages, and for visitors with an assortment of dietary needs. Visitors can order pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts as well as “Imaginibbles,” a signature line of themed, hand-held foods designed to make eating healthy fun. Best of all? It has a coffee bar!!!!

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We interviewed Erin Rhodes, Director of Marketing at Discovery Cube OC, about the new Bean Sprouts Café during our last visit. Take a look, and get a sneak peek at the new menu and offerings:

As members, Discovery Cube Orange County continues to be one of our favorite places to visit. It’s a great place for kids to learn (without making it such a chore) and conveniently located off the 5 freeway. Now, Discovery Cube OC will offer twice as much fun, and will keep the kids learning – especially during the long Summer break. Check back later when we’ll have more information on what you can expect at the newly expanded Discovery Cube Orange County.

Tickets are available on-site or online at oc.discoverycube.org/. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($14.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95). Entrance to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is an additional $10 per person, with discounts available for a limited time.

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This post was written and all the photos belong to Pattie Cordova of the blog, Living Mi Vida Loca. You can read her blog here.

Mary Tran: Expansion Now Complete at Discovery Cube OC! #NewattheCube


The expansion is now complete at the Discovery Cube Orange County! A few weeks ago, we attended the Expansion Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The front of the center was closed off to a special presentation. We learned about the generous donors and sponsors before balloons dropped and fireworks went off. It was pretty exciting!

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Discovery Cube Orange County is a popular destination for school field trips and play dates to inspire, educate, and impact young minds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as healthy living. Every year about 650,000 students and families visit the center. With 44,000 square feet of new building and exhibit space (including a new theater that can be transformed into exhibit space), you can imagine all the anticipation awaiting this expansion!

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New at Discovery Cube Orange County is a new Bean Sprouts Cafe offering healthier, fun family-friendly food options at the Cube. On the Children’s Imaginibles Menu, you’ll find Do-Re-For-Me, Crocamole, Whoopsie Daisy, Bug Bites, and Flutter Bite. Learn more about their menu here.

In the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, children become Chefs creating good-for-them recipes, and they will learn valuable kitchen safety tips as part of this health and wellness exhibit.

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What’s New at the Cube!

A new 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall has the flexibility to transform from a 500-seat theater into an exhibition space. It currently houses the Sherlock Holmes Exhibit.
The Helicopter Tour is a virtual helicopter tour around Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
In the Water Gallery and Water Lab (presented by Pacific Life), we learn about the science of Water: salt water to fresh water, and frozen water to water vapor.
Go on an adventure in a backyard to find and eliminate invading vectors using a touch-screen tablet. In the Inspector Training Course (presented by the Orange County Vector Control District), learn how to coexist with and keep your home free from mosquitoes, fleas, and rodents in this competitive scavenger-hunt styled game.

This post was written and all photos are by Mary Tran. You can read Mary’s blog, Let’s Play OC,here.

Liz Cerezo: A Beautiful Expansion for All to Enjoy at Discovery Cube OC!


Living in Southern California, we are spoiled with great weather, amazing beaches and mountains and of course, the abundant places to see and do. With the start of summer vacation, we have some activities lined up so that the routine of getting up and doing nothing, doesn’t take over our lives in the coming summer months. The kids seem to get bored so easily that it’s easy to plop them down in front of their devices and TV and just call it a day. My kids need entertainment. So, if entertainment is what they want, entertainment they shall get! And Discovery Cube OC is the place to be for family friendly, educational fun that the kids ( and yes, adults too!) and enjoy. Discovery Cube has been a favorite of the kids for a while now. They visit this center on a yearly basis with their school on field trips. They can’t get enough of the different exhibits that they offer. And now, Discovery Cube OC has expanded to offer familias from all over SoCal even more educational fun! Check out what’s #NewAtTheCube! The new Discovery Cube is now open, with exciting new science exhibits! It was all built with your kids in mind!

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The new exhibits will give families hands-on permanent exhibits, themed science adventures, interactive programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning spaces. From your budding astronaut to the most curious of minds, there’s something there for every mind to explore!

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Inspector Training Course – This immersive exhibit, presented by the Orange County Control District, has guests go on an adventure in their own backyard to find and eliminate invading vectors. Using a touch-screen tablet, guests will make their way through the Inspector Training Course to learn how to coexist with and keep their home free from mosquitos, fleas, and rodents in this competitive scavenger-hunt styled game! So much fun and it’s perfect for older kids!

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Water Gallery – With Californians experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, the Gallery and Water Lab, presented by Pacific Life, will give families the opportunity to learn about one of nature’s most nourishing elements: water.

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From salt water to fresh water, frozen water to water vapor, guests will be exposed to the scientific side of the H20 chemical formula in a fun and engaging manner.

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A New place to eat! Bean Sprouts Café, a kid-friendly café and cooking school, specializes in healthy foods for visitors of all ages, supplements its regular menu with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, nut-free and egg-free options.

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Visitors can order pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts as well as “Imaginibbles,” a signature line of themed, hand-held foods designed to make eating healthy fun.

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The Launch Pad Science Store is triple the size of the original and will feature promotional and educational merchandise. The whole expansion is a wonderful addition to an already family favorite science center. If you’ve never been to Discovery Cube OC, I invite you to participate in an incredible giveaway we have going on RIGHT NOW! Enter for a chance to win a 1 (one) year family membership to enjoy Discovery Cube!

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This post was written and all photos are by Liz Cerezo. You can read Liz’s blog, Let’s Play OC, here.

Kara Noel Lawson: The Cube Beats Summer Brain Drain #NewAtTheCube


Has your summer started yet?

Ours has, and we are already clicking through our Summer Bucket List!
{Some of the new things we added this year: eat at every restaurant in our small city and build a backyard fire pit!}
One of the biggies every year is a visit to The Discovery Cube.
This year’s visit was full of surprises… like The Cube has 7 new exhibits AND has doubled in size.
I’ve kinda taken The Cube for granted in the past. It’s been here since I was in high school and it’s just part of life here in Orange County. But now that I have kids I get to discover the whole thing all over again through their eyes.
Parenting is the best!

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I got to interview Dan, one of The Cube’s spokespeople and here is what I discovered…
{Also a BIG giveaway for locals at the bottom of the post!}

My opinion of the new exhibits along with some pictures and such…

  • Sherlock Holmes – This is AMAZING! For older kids or adults. Brad and I are going back next week on a date night to enjoy this one at it’s fullest.
  • Helicopter Tour – You fly around OC inside a virtual helicopter. Great for all ages. I really wish there was a list you could pick up about each of the stops so we can actually visit them in real life. Wowza! Do we live in a beautiful place!IMG_6660_thumb
  • Inspector Training Course – Kids get to find and eliminate invading vectors with their own touch-screen tablet. Kids need to be able to read or have an adult walking them through the activities.IMG_6661_thumb
  • Petersonville Healthy Kitchen – The Cube is the first to have their own interactive kitchen! Keep posted on their site for cooking classes you can do with your kids. I hatestrongly dislike cooking but doing something like this as a child could have helped.
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  • Water Gallery – We are in an epic drought here in CA. And you know how I feelabout that! My kids loved learning things hands-on with this exhibit.IMG_6666_thumb
  • Eat Well. Play Well. Sleep Well. – This one doesn’t open until later in 2015 but it’s all about keeping healthy with through nutrition, play and sleep. May I suggest a room that brainwashes kids to sleep in past 6am? (Tell me I’m not the only one with early rising kids!?!?)
  • New Launch Pad Science Store – The store has tripled in size and there are some really cute things for sale (read succulents) and great science activities!
  • The Rocket Lab – I’m actually not sure if this is new, but it has been totally redone since last year! The kids loved making their own satellite then watching it orbit on a giant screen.IMG_6616_thumb
  • Bean Sprouts – Yummy!! And I met one of the founders and she is super sweet! I’m lucky to get out the door with all my kids wearing shoes, so not having to pack a lunch is like music to my ears!

You can’t forget about the tried and true activities at The Cube…

  • A lot of people don’t know you can actually go inside the cube. Yes, that giant cube from the freeway has a platform and a few fun science activities that are worth checking out. My kids think it’s so cool… and I do too! When you are inside the cube you get to feel just how big it actually is. When you look up it kinda makes your tummy turn. The cube is enormous.

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  • The interactive exhibits… my kids were at the one below for 15 minutes. There is a rocket lab upstairs, but air blowing up handkerchiefs kept them captivated just as long. Hahahahaha… (They loved the Lab too!)

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  • And Dino Quest. Tess thinks this dinosaur is real, because it blinks and moves it’s tail every so often. And if anyone every tells her otherwise, they might just get a punch in the face. Seriously. (Does anyone else overindulge the baby of the family?)

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We love The Cube and we’ll be using our annual passes to go every week this summer to help prevent Summer Brain Drain. Wanna join us?
Good!
Then enter the giveaway in the box below.
{If you don’t win, then consider getting the family pass! It’s only $99 for a family of 6 (two adults and 4 kids… yay for non-big-family discrimination! #4KidsIsTheNew2), no blackout days and discounts inside The Cube as well. I’m not sure if you get discounts on the extra exhibits or not. But if my family were to go to The Cube once without an annual pass it would be $87.70… so spending the extra $11.30 was a no brainer for us. For smaller families… just go twice!}

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Good luck from my Cube loving family to yours! (Tess’ face above… I can’t even!)

This blog post was written by and all the photos are by Kara Noel Lawson. You can read her blog, Small Things Are Big Things, here.

Jill Parkin: The New Discovery Cube in Santa Ana


The-New-Discovery-CubeJP1We are so excited to share with you that the Discovery Cube has now opened their amazing expansion. The Science Center is now double the size and better than ever. As you know, we have been visitors and promoters of Discovery Cube for many years. It’s a popular place to visit, so this expansion was very needed. Now there is plenty of room for new traveling exhibits, plus the addition of some great new permanent exhibits as well.

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The boys and i had a chance to check out the new expansion, and are thrilled to share some of the new things you will find at Discovery Cube. you are definitely going to want to check it out yourself, but i would love to show you some of the things you will want to make sure you experience on your next visit.

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First up, on the first floor, you will find a new Water Gallery area that is full of water works exhibits. kids can try hands on experiments to see how water moves, freezes, and flows–including how it exists in our oceans, lakes, and underground.

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The boys especially loved this interactive exhibit showing how saltwater and freshwater affected different varieties of fish.

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They also really were intrigued by the sea turtle tracker that showed where tagged sea turtles live on our Earth–showing their migration and travel patterns in real time.

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On the first level you, will also find the Peterville Healthy Kitchen, where kids can learn about healthy food choices, how to cook and modify recipes, food prep safety, and taste new herbs and spices they may not have tried before.

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Adjacent to the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, you will find Discovery Cube’s most exciting edition, Bean Sprouts. a new cafe that serves healthy and fun new foods. that’s right, Taco Bell is no longer found at The Cube. the new food menu at Bean Spouts is awesome and really yummy. in fact, i will be writing an entire post dedicated to the cafe.

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…And did someone say coffee? that’s right, Discovery Cube now has a coffee bar. i am sure that comes as great news to some of you.

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Along with everything above, you will also find some new exhibits among the old favorites, like this sun shadow exhibit.

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and you can still check out the dinosaurs over at Dino Quest.

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Plus, don’t forget to check out the new gift shop before you leave. it has some very nice items and gifts. so much better than the old gift shop.

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Then head upstairs…you will be in for many new surprises! first of all, check out the Mission Control Center.

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Here you can build and launch your own satellite into space and watch it orbit around the Earth. my oldest son really enjoyed the Space Station and learning about the stars.

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My younger boys loved the Inspector Training Course – this immersive backyard experience has guests learning how to better protect their homes from vectors such as mosquitos, rodents, flies and ants, along with vector-borne diseases through a digital scavenger hunt.

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Kids get there own digital game pad to take with them into the exhibit.

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They can use the game pad to follow instructions throughout a backyard course. will you protect the house and earn the Inspector’s Badge?

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One of the best additions of the Discovery Cube Expansion is the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater & Exhibition Hall. you may have gotten a sneak peek of it at the Bubblefest Show this spring. the theater was actually designed around their amazing bubble show and is a 10,000 square-foot flexible space, a first-of-its-kind in the museum world. it has the ability to transform from a world-class exhibition hall to a 500-seat theater.

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Right now you will find it’s very first exhibit to display there–The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes – a “who done it” mystery! and it is RAD. especially for adults and those who love the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.

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Plan on spending a bit of time in this interactive exhibit, as it is enormous. there’s lots to see and do as you navigate through to solve a mystery of your own.

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and finally, take a simulated Helicopter Tour over Orange County!

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This is a really amazing experience you will want to have. soar over Orange County in a virtual helicopter and learn about the nature that makes-up the Irvine Ranch. from the mountains to the ocean, the 50,000 acres of the Irvine Ranch is permanently protected wild lands and parks with unique plant life, endangered species, and fun hiking trails.

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You will find all this and more at the Discovery Cube, plus there are even more exhibits coming in Fall of 2015. there is so much more to do now that you should plan on staying most of the day. or even better, get an annual pass so you can bring the kiddies whenever you want.

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All photos and content on this blog are by Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador Jill Parkin. You can follow Jill on her personal blog, Sandy Toes and Popsicles, here.

Shelby Barone: The New Expansion at Discovery Cube Orange County


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It’s an all-new discovery Cube OC as today the center opened their highly-anticipated new wing, restaurant and more. The center has expanded to become a 44,000 square-foot venue with permanent exhibits, interactive programs, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning spaces. It is the perfect place for families to keep their children learning throughout the summer.
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Discovery Cube Orange County will also feature a new 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It will provide the ability to transform an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater for greater flexibility in giving the families of Orange County an ever-changing destination for entertainment and education.
New Exhibits:
Sherlock Holmes – The first exhibit on display in the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall will be The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes, a “who done it” mystery geared toward youth-sleuths in training.

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Helicopter Tour – Guests will hop inside a virtual helicopter and fly from the mountains to the sea, over the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, a biodiversity hotspot located in the heart of Orange County. Guests will learn about this collection of public parks and protected wildlands that serve as a valuable resource to many rare and endangered species of plants and animals that call Orange County “home.”

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Inspector Training Course – This immersive exhibit, presented by the Orange County Vector Control District, has guests go on an adventure in their own backyard to find and eliminate invading vectors. Using a touch-screen tablet, guests will make their way through the Inspector Training Course to learn how to coexist with and keep their home free from mosquitos, fleas, and rodents in this competitive scavenger-hunt styled game.

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Petersonville Healthy Kitchen – Expanding on Discovery Cube’s emphasis on teaching guests how their bodies function, this full, working demonstration kitchen, presented by Sheila and Jim Peterson, will let children become chefs creating good-for-them recipes. In addition, they will learn valuable kitchen safety tips as part of this health and wellness exhibit.

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Water Gallery – With Californians experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, the Water Gallery and Water Lab, presented by Pacific Life, will give families the opportunity to learn about one of nature’s most nourishing elements: water. From salt water to fresh water, frozen water to water vapor, guests will be exposed to the scientific side of the H20 chemical formula in a fun and engaging manner.

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Eat Well. Play Well. Sleep Well. – Opening later in 2015, for guests age 5 and younger, is a play area, which focuses on the three aspects of keeping kids healthy. If they eat, play and sleep well, children are more likely to think well, according to children’s health experts. This area also will provide parents with ideas for bedtime stories, structured playtime and healthy snacks.
Along with seven new exhibitions, Discovery Cube Orange County will have enhanced guest service areas for families and teachers, including:

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Welcome Center and Launch Pad Science Store – Presented by Janet and Walkie Ray, the all-new Welcome Center will be a bustling hub that provides visitor information and hosts lost and found, baby care, first aid, and a retrospective chronicling of Discovery Cube’s history. The Launch Pad Science Store is triple the size of the original and will feature promotional and educational merchandise.

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SchoolsFirst Teacher Resource Center – This special area is dedicated for teachers to check out science kits, lesson plans, and discuss school topics with Discovery Cube trained staff.
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As part of DCOC’s healthy living initiative, a new onsite Bean Sprouts Café is debuting at the grand opening. Bean Sprouts Café, a kid-friendly café and cooking school, specializes in healthy foods for visitors of all ages, supplements its regular menu with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, nut-free and egg-free options. Visitors can order pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts as well as “Imaginibbles,” a signature line of themed, hand-held foods designed to make eating healthy fun.
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Tickets:
Tickets are available on-site or online at www.oc.discoverycube.org/. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($14.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95). Entrance to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is an additional $10 per person, with discounts available for a limited time.

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All photos and content on this blog are by Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador Shelby Barone. You can follow Shelby on her personal blog, OC Mom Blog, here.