Discovery Cube Happenings

ORANGE COUNTY’S CHAIRMAN’S CUP DRIVES HOME SUCCESS

It’s like an advanced math calculation, but the answer is worth the effort! What do you get when you take 56 golfers and multiply that by Pebble Beach Cubed?

56 x Pebble Beach³ = $1,000,000

That’s right, you get over $1M to support the mission, and the magic, of the Cube for the children we serve in our communities. In addition to exceeding this year’s lofty goal, the roster was chock-full of not only current supporters and Board Members, but also a handful of new players. Many of them have already shown excitement to engage with us around Life Sciences, Technology, and AI, as well as joining the Board to support all our Cube initiatives.

This event has always proven to be not only a great fundraiser but a multiplier for us, and this year did not disappoint. We also had the honor of inducting Mike Schulman into our Folino Hall of Fame this year for his partnership and dedication to the Cube on and off the greens. Special thanks go out to our Committee Co-Chairs Jim Mazzo and Steve Litchfield, along with all our dedicated Chairman’s Cup Committee members which include Sean Barrette, Mark Clemens, Chris Copps, Karl Kreutziger, Jim Luce, Tom Mitro, and Tim Sullivan.

Additionally, I’d like to recognize and thank our Board Members who joined us and served as Cube ambassadors throughout the trip, Rick Baily and Carl Jordan.  It was a wonderful three days full of camaraderie, shared enthusiasm for STEM Education and time spent on the greens to bring home the green! Thank you to everyone for your contributions of time, resources, planes, and passion.

06.14.24

CONGRATULATIONS VANESSA!

We’re excited to share that our very own Director of Operations in Los Angeles, Vanessa Perez, has been honored with the prestigious Steadfast Service Award by the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce. This award is part of the Success in Business Awards featuring Women of Impact (SIBBIE), and it recognizes Vanessa for her unwavering dedication, commitment, and outstanding contributions to Discovery Cube. Vanessa was presented with this award on May 31st at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala.

Vanessa’s receipt of the Steadfast Service award is a testament to her loyalty and the significant impact she has made within our organization. Her tireless efforts, enthusiasm, and commitment have been instrumental in driving our success, and it is heartening to see her hard work and dedication celebrated by the wider business community.

Please join me in congratulating Vanessa on this remarkable achievement next time you see her. We are incredibly proud to have her as part of our team, and we look forward to celebrating her continued contributions to the Cube!

06.14.24

AHOY! CITIZEN SCIENCE FIELD TRIPS

In partnership with the State Coastal Conservancy, Discovery Cube received a $50,000 Explore the Coast grant to interact with almost 600 middle and high school students from underserved communities. The grant program seeks to provide coastal access for communities and its citizens who face accessibility challenges to experiencing and enjoying our coasts. The ability to have these moments without fear of financial cost, physical barriers, or feelings of not belonging, is crucial to how people cultivate their own lifelong connections with our coastal regions.

Using our Citizen Science field trip model, along with an adventure exploring Newport Back Bay aboard the Dylan Ayers education vessel, students participated in a Marine Protected Area Watch; performed water quality testing and discussed the phenomenon of sea level rise and its effects on coastal environments. Data was collected and shared with partner organizations like the Surfrider Foundation and Coastkeeper’s MPA Watch to contribute to their research in these areas.

Thank you to the State Coastal Conservancy for helping us provide a positive and meaningful impact to these students during the course of the year. Feel free to check out our INSTAGRAM POST to learn more.

06.14.24

WELCOME TO THE BOARD RENEE!

This past week, we officially welcomed Renee Valdes to the Los Angeles Board of Directors.
Renee is a one-third owner of Parking Company of America (PCA) along with her two brothers. As the Executive Vice President, Renee oversees human resources, workman’s comp, safety coordination, financials, and employee-related matters. PCA is a family-owned and operated company. Founded in 1964, PCA has over 1500 employees and operates in 4 states – California, Missouri, Georgia, and Wisconsin. The core business is parking management and transportation; PCA transports over 12 million passengers a year!

In addition to her work, she is affiliated with several non-profit organizations. She serves on the Deloris Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Cardinal’s Award Dinner Boards. When she is not working or volunteering, Renee enjoys walks with her husband, spending time with her daughters and mother, reading, playing tennis, and traveling. She has been married to her husband, Pep, for almost 30 years and they have two incredible daughters; Lauren, a 29-year-old marketing executive and Regan a 27-year-old child and family therapist specializing in art therapy. Both girls live in Newport Beach.
Please join us in welcoming Renee to the Cube family, we’re thrilled to have her join us!

06.14.24

ORANGE COUNTY’S DINO QUEST OPENS WITH A JURASSIC-SIZED EVENT

We are excited to announce that Dino Quest was officially opened on Friday night in the most spectacular fashion! As nearly 400 VIP guests were gathered around for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. But OH-NO, dinosaurs ran through the crowd, tearing down the caution tape and balloon drop. Guests loved it and eagerly followed our dinos into our newly reimagined Dino Quest for the first time! Nothing says GRAND OPENING like the carefully orchestrated chaos of rogue dinosaurs!

The exhibit was met by collective oohs and ahhs from children and parents alike as they took in all the new sights to be seen…and experienced. Favorites included the 16-foot animatronic T-Rex which greeted guests upon arrival, the towering Quetzalcoatlus in the fossil yard, the spectacular new volcano that erupts with geysers and smoke, a glorious sight to see, and our incredible new sand-filled dig pit which was packed all night long. Last, but certainly not least, guests of all ages enjoyed our new Dino Quest adventure featuring four different missions for all our aspiring paleontologists out there!

Speaking of paleontologists, we had a real one of our own that evening! We were honored to have the legendary Jack Horner, world-renowned paleontologist and technical advisor to the Jurassic Park movies, join us at the opening festivities. Not only has he acted as an advisor on this project, but he also presented a facinating lecture on dinosaurs that evening sharing his expert insight with a crowd of over 80 guests hosted by our very own INNOVATORS group.

The night was surely one to remember and a spectacular start to what we’re sure will be a spectacular summer! A massive thank you to our dedicated board members, donors, elected officials, partners and Discovery Cube staff whose support made this incredible exhibit possible.

05.31.24

 

DISCOVERY CUBE LOS ANGELES’ EXPEDITION: DINOSAUR VIP PREVIEW 

On Saturday, May 25th Discovery Cube LA hosted a VIP Preview for opening day of it’s summer blockbuster exhibit Expedition: Dinosaur.

With over 250 guests in attendance for the 8am preview we kicked off the weekend with a roar! Throughout the Holiday weekend attendance numbers looked great with nearly 3,000 guests flooding in to check out the new exhibit featuring:

  • A whole host of animatronic creatures including a T-Rex, Anzu, Dakota Raptor, and Ankylosaurus.
  • Replica and artifact displays of a T-Rex skull, Ammonites, dinosaur skin and feathers, among others.
  • A fossil detector scanning stop, interactive topographic sandbox, dig pit and a Pangea puzzle.
  • And, last but not least, a draw alive station where guests color their own dinosaurs, place them on a scanning plate, and watch them come to life on the monitor!

Running through Labor Day weekend in September, we look forward to a busy summer filled with programming and activities to support dino-sized crowds!

05.31.24

 

Will & Cara Smith’s Catching Hope Foundation Clinic partners with the Cube at Dodger Stadium

DISCOVERY CUBE LOS ANGELES BRING STEM FUN TO DODGERS STADIUM

On May 21, Will and Cara Smith hosted an unforgettable VIP experience for students from Clifford Elementary School at Dodger Stadium. The event, which was not only fun but also educational, saw 120 enthusiastic pre-k to 5th-grade students come together for a day filled with excitement and learning.

Discovery Cube was thrilled to be part of this special day; facilitating an all-inclusive clinic packed with engaging activities:

  • Heart Health Obstacle Course: Students learned about the importance of cardio exercise for their hearts by participating in a heart-healthy obstacle course.
  • Catapults: Each group engineered and launched a catapult, helping students understand basic physics concepts such as force, levers, potential, and kinetic energy and how these concepts are similar to a pitcher throwing a baseball.
  • Slime and Tie-Dye: Students created amazing tie-dye patterns on t-shirts and made slime, fostering a sense of team spirit and community.

The excitement reached new heights as Dodgers pitchers Alex Vesia and Kyle Hurt joined in the fun, participating in the activities and interacting with the students. The students were equally thrilled to see the Discovery Cube staff as they were to meet the Dodgers players, making it a truly memorable day for everyone involved. The unique activities like tie-dye and slime-making added a fun twist to the day.

We are deeply grateful to Will and Cara Smith for their initiative in organizing this event and for the opportunity to inspire young minds. We look forward to more events like this in the future!

05.31.25

 

LOS ANGELES GALA CELEBRATES A DECADE OF DISCOVERY

What a night!  We are extremely proud to have had an opportunity to celebrate alongside you all. With a sold-out crowd of nearly 350 guests the excitement and spirit of this year’s event was felt throughout the entire evening and created a fun and contagious atmosphere! From the reception, to the honorees to the spectacular drone show finale, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to jump start a year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary!

CUBE ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

Special thanks goes out to our Board of Directors. We are so grateful for your time and dedication to making this year extra special alongside the entire Gala Committee. It also goes without saying, but it was a privilege to celebrate some incredibly deserving honorees, Christina and Tim Gaspar as well as the City of Los Angeles Agencies LADWP and LASAN, represented by Marty Adams and Barbara Romero. Their commitment to Discovery Cube and our mission is most certainly something to celebrate!

GASPAR VIDEO

LADQP & LASAN VIDEO

Additionally, we want to thank each and every one of you who attended or participated through sponsoring, underwriting or donating. Thank you for making our Gala one to remember! Your generosity and participation will help us continue to provide STEM resources and access for thousands of children throughout the Los Angeles area. When our children succeed, we all succeed!

05.17.24

Earlier this week, long time supporter Parker Kennedy stopped by for a tour and meeting with Joe to get the latest and greatest Cube updates!

Joe was able to show Parker the Sea Lab exhibit as well as give him a sneak peek of the Dino Quest exhibit of which his father, Don Kennedy, and First American Corporation were founding donors back in 2006. He and Parker also spoke about our current partnership with Jack Horner and Michael Ibba with Chapman University, where Parker currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The continued investment and growth in Dino Quest as well as the future partnership opportunities with Chapman were of great interest to Parker and he was excited for all that is still to come for the Cube.

We are truly grateful for all of our multi-generational donors here at Discovery Cube and their continued support and leadership, of which we have many.

05.17.24

SOMETHINGS BUBBLING UP IN DINO QUEST

Board Member Tom McDorman always seems to find himself knee deep in our exhibit projects. What is he up to this time you ask? Let’s find out…

Tom has taken on revitalizing our former Dino Quest water feature and is turning it into an interactive volcanic experience for our guests! This new element is sure to delight visitors of all ages, and bring some new life to the space.

Thank you Tom for your time, expertise and willingness to always dive in!

05.17.24

LUNCH AT THE LANDFILL

On Wednesday, May 15th, Joe was one of the featured speakers as a public education and engagement partner for the Waste Stream Management and Circularity Event at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill.

At this event, in partnership with OC Waste & Recycling, Sustain SoCal dove into our region’s current and potential solution sets for waste sorting, landfill management, public education, composting, organics infrastructure, SB54 on extended producer responsibility, PFAS/PFOA, and more!

After morning discussions, there was a landfill tour, falconry exhibit, CAT equipment simulator, and other activities.

05.17.24

 

 

LAUSD STEM Challenge Day at the Cube

LAUSD REGIONAL NORTH STEAM FEST HOSTED AT DCLA

On Saturday, April 20th Discovery Cube Los Angeles hosted our first-ever LAUSD Region North STEAM fest. We saw record numbers with nearly 4,000 people throughout the day as visitors we’re able to see robotics projects, dance performances, participate in STEAM activities and even enjoy a school rock band!

The LAUSD Region North extends from Canoga Park, Chadsworth, and Kennedy to Sunland and Tujunga in the north, all the way to Taft, Reseda, Van Nuys, Valley Glen, North Hollywood and everything in between! It was wonderful to see so many schools represented.

Special thanks to everyone at LAUSD who made this event a reality as well as Superintendent Carvalho, Deputy Superintendent Estrada, LAUSD Board Member Kelly Gonez and Dr. David Baca, Region North Superintendent. We appreciate you all for taking time to visit and join in the festivities!

05.03.24

OC IMPACT EVENT TO CLOSE OUT EARTH MONTH

This past Saturday we gathered to help clean the beach in celebration of Earth Month at the Seal Beach jetty. We saw quite the haul totaled over 330 pounds of recovered trash!

Additionally, we’re continuing to partner with Chapman University on these events and with their support we had several students in attendance to help clean up the beach and to assist in data collection. They have some great ideas on how we can work together to formalize the collection of our data from these ongoing events.

Our partners at OCWR also donated reusable lunch pales for us to hand out to all the families that attended, which also showcased the Duck’s logo, making them a popular take away!

As always, the Cube education team was out in full force and our final science demonstration and sting ray shuffle dance were a sight to see!

05.03.24

 

Discovery Cube Impact Event Video Highlight

LA IMPACT EVENT TO JUMP START EARTH MONTH!

What better way to start Earth Month than with a park clean up! On Saturday, April 6th we did just that, and held our very first LA impact event. We spent the morning with nearly 100 Cube friends picking up trash in the local Hansen Dam park and recording the data along the way.

By the show of partners in attendance, ten in total, it would appear that stewardship and science are a winning combination! Special thanks to all those partners who helped make this first event possible:

  • Pacoima Beautiful
  • Forestry Service
  • LASAN
  • LADWP
  • LAEP
  • Congressman Cardenas
  • Grid Alternatives
  • South Coast Air
  • California Trout
  • Office of Mayor Bass

Our aim to inspire, educate, and IMPACT the children in our communities, and ultimately the world around us, is being realized through efforts like this.

04.19.24

 

CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH IN OC AT OUR NEXT IMPACT EVENT

Missed us in LA? You can still join us in OC! Click the link below to learn more and register for our next Impact Event! We encourage you to bring your friends, family and/or colleagues. There is no time like the present to MAKE AN IMPACT!

04.19.24

 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CUBE STUDIOS

Over the past few weeks, Cube Studios has been hard at work filming for our upcoming Discovery Cube Los Angeles Gala, which is just around the corner on Saturday, May the 4th…be with you. Thank you to our Cube Studios team for making the Cube, and all our honorees, looks soooo good!Haven’t secured your tickets to the LA Gala yet!? No problem, there’s still time so purchase TODAY because you won’t want to miss our very first Cube Drone show and spectacular line up of live auction items. The force is strong with science education, so join us!

 

04.19.24

BUBBLEFEST SPONSORED BY FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK

Another year, another Bubblefest in the books! With over 38,000 visitors during our 2 week run this year and an average capture rate of nearly 75% the Cube was definitely poppin’! In addition to all the traditional elements, this year’s Bubblefest offered a few NEW offerings as well.

The Operations and Marketing team worked closely with the Yang family to launch our very first Sensory Friendly show, which was SOLD OUT and incredibly well received by all who attended. Congrats to the team on expanding our offerings and audience to this demographic!

If you did not get a chance to POP-in this year, the Yang family added some fun new show elements which included Melody’s Uncle Jano, who added a whimsical and playful flare to the show. Fan, Melody’s father and the family originator of Bubblefest, was here this year to support the technical aspect of the show and stayed to discuss ideas for the future of Bubblefest with Joe, Roxy and the team. Always something new and exciting around the corner!

We received extensive media coverage during the show’s run, and our Marketing team even found the time to host a troop of Girl Scouts during one of our KTLA shoots for Bubblefest. This allowed the scouts to earn their media badges and get a behind-the-scenes look at a live news shoot here at the Cube.

Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all of you who were able to attend this year’s VIP Bubblefest Breakfast and show, we hope you loved the show and we look forward to hosting you again next year! In case you haven’t had a chance, you can check out all the photos via the button below.

04.19.24

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK DRIVES ATTENDANCE

Year two of our annual Touch-A-Truck Spring Break event in LA was a great success! LA saw nearly 9,000 visitors during the event and regularly exceeded daily attendance goals! Additionally, guests loved all the activities and interactive areas within the courtyard which included a Kids Engineering Zone, a Workers Wheels activation, the opportunity to “Paint the Truck” from Galpin Automotive and, of course, a bounce house!

Special thanks again to ALL our partners who made this event possible by showcasing their service vehicles during the busy Spring Break holiday:

  • The City of Los Angeles
  • LAPD
  • CHP
  • LA Fire Department
  • LA Metro
  • LA Sanitation
  • Recreation and Park Services
  • LA Public Libraries
  • Republic Services
  • And more!

04.19.24

 

Check out and share our Bubblefest teaser video.

THE SMELL OF GLYSERIN IS IN THE AIR!

TODAY is the day! Bubblefest is officially open and we’re ready for the crowds! To date, we have a strong ticket presale with nearly 25% of tickets sold. We have some great exposure coming up; KTLA is here this morning shooting live with three hits, so turn on the news and check it out! Our Cube Creators influencer program will start their blitz this weekend reaching a great targeted demographic and we’re hosting a photographer from the OC Register this morning for coverage.

What’s NEW to this year’s Bubblefest you ask? We’ve added a Sensory Friendly show on Saturday, March 30th at 3:30pm. The sensory friendly show features reduced show and performer volume and reduced intensity of lights and special effects. The Cube team has worked closely with Melody and her team to make this sensory friendly show available for the first time anywhere. And, due to POP-ular demand, we are running two Bubblefest Family Nights; offering an exclusive after-hours experience, on Friday, March 29th and on Friday, April 5th.

Additionally, we’d like to offer our gratitude to Farmers & Merchants Bank for supporting us a second year in a row as our Bubblefest presenting sponsor!

Last, but certainly not least, we look forward to seeing many of you at the VIP Bubblefest Breakfast and show tomorrow morning at 8am for some good, clean, fun!

03.22.24

A FUN FUELED EVENT COMING YOUR WAY LA!

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we had from last year’s Touch-A-Truck weekend event, we’ve decided to bring the festivities back for the entire week of Spring Break! Starting tomorrow we’ll have a fun line up of vehicles each and every day through Easter Sunday, March 31st. This event is designed to provide families with a fun and always educational experience interacting with specialized vehicles and learning about what it takes to provide essential services to our community.

Special thanks to our partners who have made this event possible by showcasing their service vehicles!

  • The City of Los Angeles
  • LAPD
  • CHP
  • LA Fire Department
  • LA Metro
  • LA Sanitation
  • Recreation and Park Services
  • LA Public Libraries
  • Republic Services
  • And more!

We hope to see you at the Cube this next week, this event is a great excuse to “steer” people our way for a visit to see what the Cube is all about!

03.22.24

 

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SUPERINTENDANT VISITS DISCOVERY CUBE OC

Last week on Wednesday, March 13th Jerry Almendarez, SAUSD School District Superintendent, visited the Cube with five of his fellow staff members. This was Jerry’s first visit to the Cube and he, as well as his team, were delighted by what they saw.

Over lunch they shared an excitement to continue to grow our current partnerships around Field Trips and After School as well as further promote our offerings to all their district leadership teams, teachers, and school site administrators.

Additionally, we found alignment and discussed new opportunities around technology, sustainability, and even the culinary arts and our Science of Gingerbread exhibit with the opening of a brand new CTE culinary facility at Valley High School in Santa Ana.

03.22.24

THEATER RENOVATION UNDERWAY IN LOS ANGELES

As many of you may know, our 4DTheater in Los Angeles was a previously under utilized space and as part of our first steps towards the courtyard expansion we are lightly renovate the space so it could serve as a muti-purpose flexible classroom. With the removal of the seats, leveling of the floor and some cosmetic enhancements this newly revamped space will now serve as a classroom for field trips, camps and STEM Club, a Birthday Party room or a private event room. This will also ensure that once we begin demolition of the existing Birthday Party room for the Carousel project, those revenue streams are not lost.

The project began on Friday, March 8th and will wrap up, on schedule, by the beginning of April so, pop in and check it out next time you’re onsite!

03.22.24

It’s not every day you see traffic stopped on Main Street for a T-Rex crossing…unless you work the at the Cube that is!

Dino Quest sneak peek…something big is coming!

We are looking forward to giving all our Orange County Board Members an in-person sneak peek of all the fun we’ve been having here over the past couple of weeks! Just last week, our 16-foot animatronic T-Rex arrived via semi-truck all the way from Vermont! I hope their bladders are bigger than their tiny arms…

The team greeted our newest addition to the Cube family with much excitement and fanfare, spending most of the week getting the dino installed and ready to greet all our guests as they enter the exhibit. Quite the show-stopper!

There is also a lot happening around the site as we prepare for our targeted Memorial Weekend opening date, which is right around the corner. We also hope to throw a DINO-sized grand reopening event on Friday, May 24th, if everything goes to plan, so please mark your calendars and we’ll keep you posted. We can’t wait to give you all a personal tour at next week’s Board Meeting, see you then!

03.22.24

 

LA KINGS DAY AT DISCOVERY CUBE LOS ANGELES

Special thanks and shout out to the LA Kings for hosting over 135 kids on field trips to the Cube on Monday, February 26th.

Board members who were able to attend the Board Meeting in person witnessed a buzz of excitement amongst the students due to a special guest appearance from Bailey, the Kings mascot, and two Ice Crew members. They certainly added an extra layer of fun to an already spectacular Cube visit!

GO KINGS GO!

In case you missed it, check out our social post HERE

03.08.24

 

DOC MCSTUFFINS THE EXHIBIT, OPENING WEEKEND IN LA

On Saturday, March 2nd Doc McStuffins The Exhibit opened to much fanfare in Los Angeles. We saw nearly 300 members for the Member Sneak Peek that morning before opening our doors to the general public and attendance continued to be strong for the entire opening weekend!

Additionally, on Sunday, March 3rd KTLA came out for two live morning segments to highlight and promote the exhibit. Shout out to Board Members Sarah and Brandon for waking their littles up early and getting them to the Cube for the shoot.

Links to the KTLA segments can be found in the Media Links section below – enjoy!

03.08.24

 

 

THE ANAHEIM DUCKS PARTNER WITH THE CUBE FOR FIRST FLIGHT FIELD TRIP

The Ducks hosted their largest S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education) event of the year, the 23rd annual First Flight Field Trip, on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Honda Center in partnership with the Cube, as well as others.

The event saw over 14,000 local elementary students (grades 3-6) from more than 150 schools converged for a day of education and hockey, all based on this year’s theme of “Build a Better Puck.” The program placed an emphasis on the properties of a hockey puck, showcasing the science behind the engineering process. Special guests for the First Flight Field Trip included appearances from Anaheim Ducks players, Wild Wing and Discovery Cube’s own Inertia and Photon.

Students had the opportunity to watch the Anaheim Ducks practice on the ice at the club’s home arena. Following practice, players lead on-ice activities demonstrating how the shape, volume and material of a puck affect the game of hockey. First Flight encourages students to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a variety of activities and demonstrations.

03.08.24

FARMERS & MERCHANTS | NOTRE DAME MASTERS STUDENTS

Through our partnership with Farmers & Merchants Bank Discovery Cube was selected to host a team of five Notre Dame master’s level students studying in their Nonprofit Administration program. The students selected are high-achieving students who are looking to build off the success of this program in Orange County last year.

This past Monday the students arrived on-site in Orange County to begin working with our Marketing team to take a deep dive into the analytics and metrics around online giving and ticketing, a major driver of growth for us at both sites. The students were able to provide an articulate and valuable outside perspective to help us identify potential areas for improvement in our web interface for donors and customers alike. 

The Marketing team will now take this great insight to help improve and enhance our overall engagement and streamline our online customer experience.

03.08.24

 

 

Watch this Cube Studio’s production of the events festivities!

LOS ANGELES GALA UNDERWRITING AND EXPANSION LAUNCH!!

We are grateful for those of you who were able to join us last week on a beautiful Thursday morning to celebrate the official launch of our exciting courtyard expansion and jump start our fundraising efforts in support of LA’s 10-year-anniversary gala on May 4!

We had a great mix of Board Members, donors, and partners who all came together in support of this exciting occasion. The event helped to secure over $100,000 in pledges towards this year’s Gala as well as create a palpable buzz and excitement for what is to come in our 10th year as part of the Los Angeles community.

The strides we have made together would not have been possible without everyone’s collective belief in our mission and support. We are excited to embark on the next chapter of growth and innovation together as a Cube family and look forward to having you join us on this journey!

02.23.24

 

JACK HORNER VISITS THE CUBE

Last Friday, Discovery Cube Orange County had a special visit from world-renowned paleontologist and dinosaur expert, Jack Horner.

Jack is currently a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University but is more notably acclaimed for his fieldwork and research on dinosaur growth and behaviors. His most important discoveries include the first dinosaur eggs and embryos in the Western Hemisphere and the first evidence of colonial nesting and parental care among dinosaurs. As a technical adviser for all the Jurassic Park and World films, he is also the inspiration for the series lead character Dr. Alan Grant.

At our invitation, Jack came out to the Cube for a tour and lunch to learn more about who we are and, of course, about our upcoming Dino Quest refresh. Upon his arrival, he was immediately blown away with what he saw and shared immense excitement to be involved.

Joe and I toured him through the exhibit site and share the grand vision for what is to come in the next few months. Jack enthusiastically agreed to lend his time, his expertise, and his authority to the project and sat with us dreaming up what else the future could hold for our newly budding partnership!

We are thrilled to partner with him and Chapman University, and look forward to what lies ahead.

02.23.24

 

 

TEACHERS NIGHT OUT | LOS ANGELES

On Wednesday, February 21st Discovery Cube LA hosted its annual Teachers Night Out. Offerings included complimentary food and drink, STEM activities, science demonstrations, and raffle prizes.

This event gives us a chance to celebrate formal and informal educators and showcase all the Cube’s educational programs from Field Trips to Outreach, Assemblies, and Camp. With nearly 300 educators in attendance, a record crowd for this event, and a number of our educational partners participating, the night was a great success.

02.23.24

 

 

BABY SHARKS DOO DOO DOO DOO, BABY SHARKS DOO DOO DOO DOO

(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! Now you’ll all be singing that song for the rest of the weekend, my apologies.)

However, we have exciting news at Discovery Cube OC!

Our senior aquarist, Martika, has been working hard on build relationships around the country with other aquariums and like entities since opening Sea Lab. As a result, the Oklahoma Aquarium choose to donate five juvenile white spotted bamboo sharks to the Cube. We were selected over four other institutions who applied for the animals. The sharks are all females, and were just hatched this past October.

Until now, we have had an all male shark tank but females are an important add to our tank as they will help keep our males be less irritable and will provide breeding opportunities in the future once they’re grown. This is very important as they’re a frequently sought after animal in the aquarium industry and breeding them in captivity will not only help us when trading with other aquariums but, also works to safeguard wild populations from the aquarium trade.

We just received these little gals last week and they are currently in observation and quarantine before being introduced to the population. They’ll join the others once they are desensitized to the noise, commotion, and are eating off a feeding pole.

02.23.24

 

OCWR AWARDS DISCOVERY CUBE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR GRANT!

On Tuesday morning the Orange County Supervisors approved this grant, by a 4-0 vote, awarding the Orange County Cube over $2.87 Million from OC Waste & Recycling.

This grant is the continuation of a long and healthy relationship with OC Waste & Recycling and the grant will provide multi-year funding for:

  • Eco Challenge exhibit upgrade and refresh
  • Pumpkin Palooza festival enhancement
  • Continued educational programming with OCWR
  • Healthy Kitchen reactivation
  • Marketing support
  • Creation of new content with Cube Studios
  • The future at Discovery Cube is looking GREEN!

01.26.24

 

 

DISCOVERY CUBE LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES ITS 2024 GALA HONOREES

We are pleased to announce that this year’s gala honorees include one of your fellow Board Members, Tim Gaspar. We are thrilled to honor Christina and Tim Gaspar at this year’s event. Tim, THANK YOU for your service on the Board and your dedication to the Cube!

Additionally we’ll be honoring The City of Los Angeles with LADWP | Martin Adams and LASAN | Barbara Romero. The support from the City of Los Angeles and these agencies has been instrumental in our current success and will be pivotal for our future growth!

All these devoted Cube partners have made a tremendous impact on the lives of Southern California residents throughout the years, and we could not be more excited to honor them and celebrate our collective work towards educational equity at our upcoming Gala on Saturday, May 4th.

For additional information on the upcoming Gala, to purchase tickets, tables or support, click on the graphic below.

 

01.26.24

 

 

 

TOUR AND VISIT WITH ARTHUR AFFLECK

In support of the Lilly Endowment grant Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), Arthur Affleck, came for a site visit at Discovery Cube Orange County. This was Arthur’s first visit to either of the Cube’s and he was monumentally impressed!

Arthur has traveled to over 100 science centers and children’s museums and he complemented us as an industry leader when it came to gamification, adventures, community impact, and our festival overlays which enhance the fun and educational factors of our exhibitions.  In fact, Arthur was so impressed and inspired by the work we do that that he is planning to have the Association feature a summer story on the innovations that are taking place here at our Cube’s in their national publication.

So, there you have it, direct from the CEO of  the Association of Children’s Museums, our Cube’s are leading the way and being noticed at a national level!

01.26.24

SECOND ANNUAL PARTNER BREAKFAST

On Thursday, January 18th Discovery Cube OC hosted it’s second annual Partnership Appreciation Breakfast to kick-off the New Year!

This event gives us a chance to celebrate and say thank you to all the people behind the scenes that bring the magic to the Cube. Designers, Contractors, Architects, Exhibit Fabricators, Suppliers, School Districts, Marketing Partners and even some Sponsors were in attendance.

It was wonderful to have all these people, beyond the staff, who share in our excitement to help carry out our mission and who are inspired by our work to keep advancing what we do in an effort to make an impact in our community. ​

01.26.24

AFTER SCHOOL CONTRACTS APLENTY

As the children of Southern California head back to school after Winter Break our army of educators will be launching new after school programs throughout the region this Spring!

Tina has secured four new contracts in Los Angeles and one new contract in Orange County all starting this semester with more on the horizon.

The four new LA partnerships include Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, Carthay Environmental Studies STEAM Magnet School, Harding St. Elementary, and Sulphur Springs Union School District. In total, these new contracts will account for nearly 40 workshops per student and over 7,800 student experiences.

The new OC contract is with the Merage Jewish Community Center; providing a total of 7 after school workshops and over 1,100 student experiences.

01.12.24

 

 

WINTER LIGHTS YEAR TWO

From Opening Night to closing day, this year’s run of Winter Lights shows and festival was well received by all audiences!

This year’s performance was enhanced by our new LED walls; positively impacting the production and wowing our audiences. Additionally, the underlying theme of Girls in STEM seemed to resonate with our guests in a wonderful way.

Winter Lights received great coverage and feedback with over 60 media outlets and their families in attendance at the Opening Night Celebration, in addition to donors and partners. The buzz was infectious and evident in our attendance from the very start. Please enjoy some of the social influencers comments shared below.

 

“This is such a delightful addition to the cube and the kids did not want to leave! So much fun! Come join them now through January 7th!”

-Japinaychi

It was extremely cute! Definitely fell in love with the characters. Really great to inspire young minds with a bit of holiday magic️! 

-SprinkledbyMagic

“We had a blast visiting Discovery Cube for the first time, and especially getting to experience the Winter Lights Holiday Show & Festival, which is wonderful for kids who are interested in science and their families.”

-Laughing Place

“The Winter Lights Show is a cute and fun musical that happens in the Discovery Cube theater. It invites audiences to come and get inspired in a winter wonderland filled with real actors, original songs and the holiday spirit!”

-PopsicleBlog

“If you love live performances, It’s a great time to visit Discovery Center Orange County. Winter Lights has three different showtimes to choose from, and it was tailor-made to be family-friendly!”

-The Califoreigners 

01.12.24

NOON YEAR’S EVE IN LOS ANGELES WAS POPPIN’

With nearly 3,000 guests attending one of two suspense filled balloon drops, Discovery Cube Los Angeles had a fun filled day to close out 2023!

The LA team up’d the ante this year with two separate drops, one at Noon and one at 3pm to accommodate the record crowds. New to this year was snow, confetti cannons, a DJ to keep the party rocking all day, guest favors, and ginger ale or cider for toasting to make sure everyone was in the Noon Year’s spirit!

With ticketed admission required for the first time this year, the event brought in over $17,000 of revenue for the day, acting as the exclamation point to this fun and festive event. Cheers to Noon Year’s Eve!

01.12.24

DINO QUEST CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY

Since late October, Orange County’s Dino Quest exhibit has been closed for construction that is currently well underway! With a targeted opening of this Summer, the team is charging full speed ahead on all fronts.

Our partners at Stoneface have already completed their initial round of rock work including demo and resurfacing all the rock facades to maintain that prehistoric feel. Additionally, they gave Gina, our Argentinosaurus, a cosmetic makeover with a new full body paint job so she’s looking stunning to start the new year!

All the while, our contractor lead, HL Miller, has been demoing and started the construction of our brand new dig pit site, a 750 square foot structure where kids will be able to put their excavation skills to the test and uncover a replica fossilized T-rex skeleton.

More to come, so stay tuned for continued updates!

01.12.24

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DISCOVERY CUBE LOS ANGELES BOARD

Discovery Cube Los Angeles hosted its annual December board meeting and traditional Holiday dinner in downtown Los Angeles at Redbird restaurant.

A brief board meeting followed by a dinner full of Holiday cheer is the best way to wrap up the year! Not to mention a surprise special guest, Mayor Karen Bass, who stopped in to say hello, a small world indeed.

12.15.23

 

 

 

WINTER LIGHTS MAKES ITS YEAR TWO DEBUT

The auroras are back with a sold out house of over 500 expected guests to see Winter Lights: A Journey Home on it’s opening night. Tonight’s show will help generate media and community buzz and set the stage for a three week run through Sunday, January 7th.

Winter Lights: A Journey Home is a holiday musical created by Discovery Cube, in partnership with the Tony Award-winning production team, Apples & Oranges Studios.

This holiday musical and festival is an important showcase for our year round initiative to promote girls in STEM by blending a heartwarming story, with captivating music and a story line of heart and determination.

To come see a show or to learn more about our Girls in STEM initiative contact Jen Granger, Orange County Vice President of Development.

 

2.15.2023

 

 

 

SCIENCE OF GINGERBREAD AWARDS CEREMONIES CELEBRATE SWEET SUCCESS

This past weekend, both Discovery Cube OC and LA hosted our annual Science of Gingerbread awards to celebrate Gingerbread creators of all ages. This year, we introduced a new “STEAM Student” category to recognize high school or college students who are currently enrolled in a culinary or engineering program. The Structural Engineering Society at Cal Poly Pomona was the recipient of this year’s scholarship, with their “Monster House” entry.

We also formed the start of an exciting new partnership that we hope to grow next year with the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California and their annual Gingerbread Challenge. They annually host their own SoCal Gingerbread Challenge encouraging engineering professionals across Southern California to get creative and construct elaborate but structurally sound buildings from gingerbread, candy, and icing. After an intense build night, the gingerbread creations are put to the test on a shake table to see if they hold up in an earthquake! Then, during a three day display the public is invited to vote for their favorites.

This year, after voting, the ten impressively sized surviving structures were brough to Orange County to be displayed and all participants were invited to join us at our Science of Gingerbread Awards night. We are in talks to hosting their event at the Cube next year and think there could be additional opportunities such as us benefiting from their foundation. There is a lot of excitement and synergy around our future partnership.

Last but certainly not least, we’d like to share a special thanks to our Orange County Science of Gingerbread sponsors Farmers & Merchants Bank, not only their partnership and support but for and Christine Walker’s participation as a judge and her attendance at the awards ceremony to help Joe present to all our winners this year.

 

12.15.23

 

 

 

INNOVATOR HOLIDAY PARTY

A family friendly affair, this year’s Innovator Holiday party hosted by fellow Board Member Emily Horowitz boasted ugly sweaters, good food, the traditional holiday pop-up store, science crafts for the children, and live entertainment – Cube style.

Guests were treated to a sneak peek of Winter Lights medley from the shows musical song writer, co-producer and performer, Pamela Winslow Kashani. And, as part of our Holiday tradition, a “Moment of Science” Competition was lead by one of our very own Discovery Cube educators, Cindy Di’Avani.

A good time was had by all!

12.15.23

 

 

 

NEW TRELLIS STRUCTURES ENHANCE ORGANIC WASTE LAB

Thanks to the ongoing partnership and support of Orange County Waste and Recycling the Cube was able to design, fabricate, and install two beautiful structures in our Organic Waste Lab patio to help beautify and add future shade for guests; making the outdoor space more inviting during the warm summer months.

12.15.23

 

 

Check out this video of our first test run with the new LED video wall in the Showcase Theater.

A SNEEK PEEK AT THE NEW LED WALLS

Earlier this week the team loaded in 300 new LED modular panels, what you see here is only 170 panels spanning the Showcase Theater.  This incredible technology was made possible through a $600K grant from the Samueli Foundation.

Our first feature use of these walls will be through this year’s Winter Lights musical spectacular this Holiday season. Then, in January we will use them to showcase new images from the James Webb telescope in partnership with UCI as part of our Solar System Encounter exhibit.

Exciting times! To watch a time-lapse of the LED wall build, CLICK HERE

11.17.23

 

 

Check out the video on this months Impact Event

DISCOVERY CUBE IMPACT EVENT

Another successful Impact Event in the books! On Sunday, November 5th the Cube hosted over 230 participants at Huntington State Beach. Our Educators were also onsite to engage with guests and help connect the dots from our exhibits at the Cube to the real world application and impact.

Together, we were able to collect over 163 pounds of trash from the beach and surrounding areas in only two hours. Most notably we gathered 834 pieces of plastic, 547 pieces of Styrofoam and 320 bottle caps, all tracked on our data whiteboard by participants themselves.

Understanding the importance of activating our mission through these events is key to making a difference beyond our walls!

11.17.23

 

 

 

LILLY ENDOWMENT GRANT “FOSTERING CHARACTER THROUGH CHILDRENS’ MUSEUMS”

Discovery Cube is pleased to have been selected and awarded $100,000 from the Lilly Endowment. This grant is focused on the topic of character development and will be used to explore and prepare a phase two implementation grant. Phase two funding considerations range from $1millon to $2.5 million and will be awarded next Fall.

The Endowment believes positive character traits can be learned and developed in many different contexts and that children’s museums may be uniquely positioned to help promote and enhance character development in their communities.

We will look to engage you, our Board Members, on this grant as we work to identify and explore character traits that the Cube hopes to develop in our young visitors. We will also be exploring innovative ways to engage our guests and create unique exhibits and programs that foster these same traits.

More to come!

11.17.23

 

 

 

WITH DEEPEST SORROW

This past Sunday, the Cube lost a very special family member, Lysanne Sebastian, daughter to Janet and Walkie Ray, wife to Rick, mother to Bradley and Sage, and so much to so many others.

We are proud to honor her life and joyful spirit through the work we do every day. Lysanne spent many of her younger years growing up alongside the Cube as her parents dedicated much of their lives to nurturing and fostering the Cube’s growth like one of their own. Lysanne herself also dedicated more than 10 years serving on the Innovators Leadership Council empowering others through her love and passion for science education.

We will continue to honor her loving memory and profound legacy every day and cherish the many memories she created with us.

While our hearts are broken, our spirits cannot be, because she carries us.

11.03.23

 

 

Orange County Ofrenda

Los Angeles Ofrenda

 

NEW CUBE TRADITION | DIA DE LOS MUERTOS OFRENDAS

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration honoring loved ones who have passed away. The two-day celebration, which takes place annually on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, is not a somber holiday but a day that celebrates and honors the dead with festivities filled with color, music and food.An Ofrenda, or alter, includes photos of the deceased, sugar skulls, traditional sweet breads and marigold flowers. The marigold is included in the ofrendas not only because they are seen everywhere during this time of year, but also because according to Mexican folklore, its strong smell is believed to attract spirits.Both Discovery Cube sites have chosen to start a new annual tradition this year by erecting an Ofrenda at each site and have filled it with photos of those who’ve made a significant impact on the Cube.Our hope is to continue this new tradition each October as a way to remember those who came before us and helped to lay the groundwork for our current and future success.If you know someone that you feel should be included on the Ofrenda at either site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The Cube history is long, and we would like to include all who have made an impact over the years.

11.03.23

 

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY INNOVATORS GET INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRITS

Innovators enjoyed an unforgettable night of immersion where the worlds of distillation and culinary science met in spectacular fashion right in their own backyards.

Surf City Still Works is an independent craft distillery founded in 2017 established with a clear purpose in mind; to bring craft distilling to Huntington Beach, celebrate the art of mixology, and support local artists.

Gaston, Surf City’s head mixologist, took guests on an informative journey through the high-tech distillation facility unveiling the secrets and science behind all their favorite spirits…the boozy kind that is.

He then dove into the science and art of mixology, pairings and culinary fusion with the help of Surf City’s Two Michelin-starred celebrity chef, James Beard Award winner and restaurateur Alex Stratta. Guests taste buds and minds alike were delighted!

11.03.23

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES ENCHANTED HALLOWEEN SCARES UP SOME IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS

On Saturday, October 28th Los Angeles hosted its first ticketed spooktacular event, Enchanted Halloween, to wild success!

With nearly 1,100 guests in attendance the event brought in over $6,000 through event ticket sales, plus $7,500 in GA sales from non-Members. The night time festivities included face painters, magicians, food trucks, a DJ, costume contests and, of course, Trick-Or-Treating!

A frightfully delightful night!

11.03.23

 

 

 

 

LAUSD DAY AT THE CUBE

On Saturday, October 21st, Discovery Cube Los Angeles welcomed LAUSD Board District 6 visitors for the second annual “Family Day at Discovery Cube.”  Families from across the district joined for an afternoon of science exploration and activities provided by Bank of America and LA Sanitation.

Photographed above is LAUSD Board Member Kelly Gonez with Luis for a brief chat as the day rolled out.

11.03.23

 

 

 

WELCOME TO THE BOARD JOHN!

This past week, we officially welcomed John Wilmarth to the Los Angeles Board of Directors at his first Board Meeting.John is a Principal in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice with more than 20 years of experience helping clients assess, manage and enhance their technology, business operations, risk management and governance capabilities. His primary focus is industrial manufacturing with a specific emphasis on automotive, while also spending time in the consumer markets and real estate sectors. He specializes in IT governance, risk management, information security, IT compliance, internal controls, SOX and internal audits.

John has significant experience managing and coordinating advisory engagements across multiple industries including industrial manufacturing/automotive, consumer markets/retail and healthcare sectors. He has served as engagement Principal with responsibility for planning, coordinating, budgeting, execution, and delivery of extensive IT and business process internal audit plans; broad SOX 404 assistance projects; application security design engagements; and business process efficiency and risk assessments.Please join us in welcoming John to the Cube family.

11.03.23

 

 

LOS ANGELES CHAIRMAN’S CUP INAGURAL EVENT

The very first Los Angeles Chairman’s Cup hosted 12 golfers and 23 participants up in Pebble Beach at the beautiful Inn at Spanish Bay this past weekend. The event was a huge success and everyone has already shared their excitement for next year and all that is to come! Attendees included current Board Members, prospective donors, and a few of our ‘next generation’ supporters!

The celebratory nature of the event was only fueled by the many Birthdays that marked the occasion. Those guests of honor included Michael Stephenson, Joe Adams, and Georgina Mueller. Cheers to each of you and thank you for celebrating with us!Special thanks to our Board and Committee Members Melanie Coto and Michael Stephenson, Wendy Greuel and Dean Schramm, Tim Gaspar, Tony Mueller, and Pedram Salimpour who spearheaded the effort; turning the idea into reality. This year’s success will only ensure next years growth!

10.20.23

 

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY’S PUMPKIN PALOOZA DOUBLES UP ON NEW SUCCESS

On Friday, October 6th Orange County kicked off the run of this year’s second annual Pumpkin Palooza by hosting its first ticketed Member event which promptly sold out bringing in 750 guests and yielding $6,000 in incremental income!

Another first for OC was a sensory friendly Pumpkin Palooza show which nearly sold out; boasting a crowd of almost 300 guests. The sensory friendly show was held on Sunday, October 15th at 10:30am. Jack-O-Lynn still led the crowd through the dance adventure, but  ‘take it down a notch’ for those who might feel overwhelmed by all the excitement. Show audio and performer audio were reduced significantly, lighting affects were also dampened and slowed down, the floor projections, haze and strobe lights were turned off for this show and certain pieces of the performance was toned down. The show was well received by audiences and feedback has been very positive.

 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES SPOOKY SCIENCE HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER

Spooky Science elevated the fun on Saturday, October 7th for our annual Member Event which saw over 500 members!

Visitors meet some extra spooky guest provided by the Reptile Zoo, enjoyed the haunting sounds of the “scarolers,” got gooey with some hands-on fun at the Spooky Demo Stage and did it all in style dressed in their Halloween costumes of choice. Not to mention taking part in some family friendly trick-or-treating along the way.

AFRAID that you missed out on all the fun!? Not to worry, LA is hosting its first ticketed spooktacular event, Enchanted Halloween, on Saturday, October 28th to delight guests of all ages with face painters, magicians, food trucks, a DJ and so much much more!

10.20.23

 

 

 

YOU WILL BE MISSED PAUL

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of a beloved friend and longtime supporter, Paul Folino.

Paul was a champion for the Cube in every sense of the word and a true believer in the power of STEM education.

His legacy will live on through our annual Folino Hall of Fame, an honor established in 2021, which is bestowed upon those who share the same values, passion, and fortitude for impacting the children of Southern California.

He has left an indelible mark on our entire community through his philanthropy, dedication, leadership, and generosity of spirit. He will continue to inspire us all as he was the embodiment of unwavering support for us and so many others.

10.20.23