We spent our Saturday morning celebrating the start of Inventors Week at Discovery Cube OC. We were there bright and early at 10 a.m. to make sure that we would visit all the stations.
Neither the kids nor I had ever been to Inventors Week before so we took the opportunity to use our yearly membership and check it out. The first floor has tables with Discovery Cube volunteers and scientists.
We got the chance to try out circuit boards and learn about electricity. The gal helping us out took time to explain to us how the circuit boards work and even let us do a couple of different variations.
The kids got a big kick out of making music from potatoes, bagels and metal. They used an activity kit called Makey Makey. They liked it so much that I’m going to get the kit for them on Amazon later. Using Makey Makey, they can not only make music, but they can also program other functions – and even play Tetris!
We also went upstairs and ran into Brain Builders. They’re located in Laguna Niguel, but also visit local schools. There, we were able to build LEGO creations and then blow them up. It was so cool!!!
Inventors Week at Discovery Cube OC runs July 2nd through July 10th! Visit the cube and get hands-on demonstrations and stage shows. It’s a great way to keep the kids busy and have them learn a thing or two as well!
We spent our Saturday morning checking out the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Discovery Cube OC – and it’s as awesome as they say it is!
The exhibit is set up like a walk around a dinosaur park. There’s a pathway that leads you through dinosaurs on either side of the path. Along the way, you’ll also see real and replica fossils, a full size skeleton, a dig site for kids and spots for hands-on learning.
The full size animatronic dinosaurs are the best though. They HUGE… seriously big. And you get to control some of them! There’s displays with buttons that control a certain part of the corresponding dinosaur. This was my favorite part of the whole exhibit because it goes beyond just looking at dinosaurs on display.
And of course, there are SO many photo opportunities! The lighting in the exhibit is perfect, and you really can’t get a bad shot.
If you have dinosaur lovers at home, I highly recommend you visit this exhibit. Note that because it is a really well-lit space and the dinosaurs are life size, the little ones might get a little freaked out. See the picture above? My kid was shaking as he posed for the picture. Funny, but still…
Visit Extreme Dinosaurs at Discovery Cube OC now through September 5th. It is located on the first floor by the gift shop. Entry into the exhibit is included with your Discovery Cube admission or with your Discovery Cube membership. I would recommend you visit early in the morning, or late in the afternoon because Summer will bring about a lot of school groups.
Bubblefest is back at Discovery Cube OC for its annual stay during spring break. This is one of my favorite exhibits of the year because we’ve been coming to it for years and years, and something as simple as bubbles is still pretty cool to watch and learn about.
Like last year, the show was held inside the 10,000 square foot Showcase Theatre on the second floor. It provides for very comfortable seating for the adults, and lots of space for the kids’ seating closest to the stage.
The Bubble Show is performed by the fabulous Deni Yang, who performed his first bubble show at the age of 4! I remember visiting the cube way back when and seeing his dad perform the show. Years later, it’s fun to take my own kids and watch Deni Yang put on a riveting Bubblefest that is great for both adults and kids.
Deni Yang continues to be an amazing performer and a Master of Bubbles – just like his dad. His 45 minute performance doesn’t have a second of dullness. During the show, I felt like a kid again being surrounded with thousands of bubbles in the air. Each of my kids had their favorite part of the show – everything from the laser show at the end, to the story of the snow to watching kids go on stage and post inside a giant bubble.
Once the amazing show was over, we headed downstairs back to the main floor where the bubble activities are being hosted and hung out in giant bubble spheres, created a bubble wall and even learned about flow patterns. This year, I got the courage to actually get in the bubble sphere too! It was a crazy experience.
Aside from the wonders of Deni Yany and his Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, there are so many other bubble activities that the kids can enjoy. Activities are included in each Bubblefest admission ticket:
Bubble Spheres: Your child (or you!) can climb into giant bubble sphere and see what happens when you try to walk, crawl, sit, or lay down! Learn about buoyancy and Archimedes’ Principle with this thrilling activity; Me in a Bubble: ‘POP’ a pose inside a giant bubble and have your photo taken!; Bubble Wall: Learn how heat and dryness affect bubbles and try to put your hand through a bubble wall without it popping; CO2 Chamber: Blow bubbles through a chamber of carbon dioxide and see if your bubble floats or sinks through the CO2. Keep an eye on the bubble to see if any changes occur; Cube Jr. 5 & under Bubble Zone: Bubble enthusiasts can learn colors and shapes in this 5 & under Bubble Zone.
other activities include: bubble courtyard (by the front entrance), bubble lab, bounce house and a laser table.
Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC Pricing
Bubblefest, which includes the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, Water Spheres, and all outdoor activities are an additional charge of $10 on top of general admission to Discovery Cube OC. Bubblefest VIP admission at $15 also requires general admission and allows for early entry and preferred seating during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($14.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95).
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Pattie Cordova: Play in the real snow at Winter Wonderfest
The first ever Winter Wonderfest at Discovery Cube happened over the weekend! As a Discovery Cube Moms ambassador, I had the opportunity to be there opening day and experience all the fun with my chiclets.
Tickets to Winter Wonderfest 2015 can be purchased for just $5, but you must have admission into Discovery Cube (great time to use that Discovery Cube membership)! Once inside, you’ll see Winter come alive in the form of real snow and real science. For many kids, this is just one of the handful of chances they’ll have to touch real snow, make snowmen, and snow balls. My kids had a ton of fun just hanging out in the snow play area. They have molds and wooden spoons available to the kids.
But before you make it to the snow play area, you’ll first have to pass the 70 foot snow tubing slope. It is by far the highlight of Winter Wonderfest at Discovery Cube. Kids (and adults) can take up a snow tube and with the help of Discovery Cube volunteers, haul it up the stairs and then slide all the way down before being gently stopped by the bales of hay at the bottom of the ramp.
For the smaller kids, you’ll also see much shorter slope right next to it. Lines for this smaller slope usually go faster, so if the kids just want a quick thrill, let the volunteers know so they can get you in quick. Otherwise, be prepared for a bit of a wait (we waited for about 20-30 minutes). Height requirement for snow tubing is 44”.
Past the snow tubing and across from the snow play area, kids can enjoy the snow ramps – perfect for sledding! Believe it or not, this was the first time my kid had done the whole sledding thing. He had so much fun! Height requirement for snow sledding is 40”.
But of course, you can’t visit Discovery Cube and not learn a little something. Towards the back, the Cube has interactive snowflake science activities including an area on making ski ramps. The volunteers help the kids create ski ramps and then watch as the kids launch marbles and ping pong balls down their makeshift ramps. My four year old spent about a half hour just launching one thing after another.
Winter Wonderfest is in its first year and I totally see it being as big as their other annual events like Bubblefest. It’s a lot of fun, a great price, and you can stay as long as you like. There’s also an area for younger kids to play, food trucks, benches and a coffee station.
Winter Wonderfest is at Discovery Cube now through January 3rd. There is no age requirement to enter Winter Wonderfest, however all guests 3 and over need a ticket.
Winter Wonderfest 2015
Dates and Times
December 12 – December 13: 10am to 5pm December 19 – January 3: 10am-5pm
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My alma mater hosted this year’s Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch event earlier this month. After a month of celebrating Halloween and tons of pumpkin-related activities, the whole season went out with a bang by launching tons of pumpkins across a field, creating our own catapults, munching on some food truck goodies and watching a medieval fight.
Pumpkin launch at Discovery Cube OC
It was our first time going to the annual pumpkin launch event so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We knew what we had read on the DiscoveryCube site, but beyond that, all we had heard was how cool and fun it would be.
When we got there, we headed straight for the pumpkin launch field. On there, there were 15 teams assembled in a line with their handmade catapults. Teams from all over Orange County gathered to compete against each other to take home the winning title of Pumpkin Launch Champion! Every few minutes, the host would call up a team and clear them for a launch. The team would let the catapult go and we’d see the pumpkin launch across the field (sometimes straight up into the air) and hit or miss a target. There were times though, when the catapult wouldn’t quite work the way it was supposed to and it wouldn’t go very far. Either way – it was awesome to see the machines at work.
After about a half hour of watching pumpkins being launched, we headed over to the field next to it and picked up some treats along the way at the food trucks parked on the field.
The boys had the most fun at the activity stations. They went to each one where they were able to build and do hands-on experiments. I was so thankful for the volunteers because they helped each and every kid that came to the station with the activity. They talked to the kids about what it was that they were doing and basically conducted experiments with them. Even the four year old was able to get in on the action.
At the back of the field was a team of medieval times enthusiasts who had a tent full of weapons and instruments used during the era when catapults and trebuchets were first developed and used. It was cool to bring together history and science for the kids.
We ended our day by heading back to the field for the show. As we made our way over there, we stopped at Cal State Fullerton’s station where they had robots on display for everyone to see and use.
We look forward to next year’s Pumpkin Launch event and rooting for our favorites. Personally, I LOVED seeing so many girls there participating in the pumpkin launch teams, teaching kids about engineering and being amazing examples for little girls everywhere. We also talked to a few other newbies experiencing the event for the first time and we were surprised to see how many engineers were there. It turned out to be a great networking event for my nephew who wants to study electrical engineering.
And congratulations to this year’s Pumpkin Launch champions!
Pumpkin Launch 2015 Champions
1st place – Medieval Mayhem, a three time champion
2nd place – Valdez Tech Middle School
3rd place – Cal State Fullerton’s Society of Women Engineers
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.