Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Science Center


November 28 – January 5, 2015

Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing – it’s science at work! Our holiday festival is filled with great hands-on activities designed to bring families together this holiday season. Plus, check out award-winning Gingerbread Competition entries displayed throughout the Cube!

  • Meet Santa and take your photo with him (dates TBA)
  • Build and race your own candy car in the Gingerbread Derby
  • Decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!

Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.

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Discovery Cube proudly invites you to participate in our Annual Science of Gingerbread Competition. Local companies, schools, families and organizations are invited to build their own creations and enter into our competition.

See 2013 Winners >


Silly Science Show

The Mariners Branch Library in Newport Beach is hosting a Silly Science Show. The Professor brings fun to the learning of basic science principles in a silly (educational) interactive way.


The principles covered in this show include; solids, liquids & gas – energy, motion & force, weight & gravity – volume & compress and to develop a theory with experimentation followed with a conclusion.

WHEN Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3 – 4pm
WHERE Mariners Branch Library
1300 Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach CA 92660


Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures


Tomorrow, October 26th  from 10:00 am.m – 4:00 p.m., come and explore the world of nocturnal animals and 8 legged insects at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve .

FREE activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each with a different educational theme to explore.  The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more.  Then join Preserve staff for storytime at 11am and 2pm.  Recommended for ages 3-12.


Muth_mapThe Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue.

Please note the building is not visible from the street.



Celebrate Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional Park

Prehistoric OC is a FREE annual family fun event that is a joint celebration of:

International Archaeology Day (October 18th)

and National Fossil day (October 15th)


Come and Learn the history and deep roots of Orange County, see Native American and natural history exhibitors,a Junior Scientist Camp, demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities, food and FUN!

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014

Where: Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Insect Fair


Come see over 500,000 live and preserved exotic insects from around the world!

Have you ever touched a millipede or a Madagascar Hissing cockroach with your bare hand? Well you can at the Insect Fair on October 18 and 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Bronco Student Center in Cal Poly Pomona.

Come and learn how insects impact our lives and how you can make a career as an insect expert.

Some of the insects on display include:

  • Vibrant moths and butterflies from around the world.
  • Beautiful cicadas from Asia, many having unique wing patterns and colors. These insects are the loudest on the planet!
  • A colorful array of exotic grasshoppers and katydids. Many displayed to show patterned underwings.
  • Beetles! These are the largest, most diverse group of insects. Make sure to look closely because many displayed are small but full of color, texture, and unique patterns.

Admission: $5 per person; $4 for students; FREE for kids 2 and under.

Where: Bronco Student Center  at Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

When: October 18 and 19, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum


 The Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum features live music by Hullabaloo, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, food, gardening workshops to educate children and families on current environmental and conservation issues, Halloween costume exchange, and other fun fall activities!

One of the activities at the Fall Family Festival will be a costume exchange. Bring your gently used Halloween Costumes from last year and browse our costume rack for a new costume. A costume exchange not only mean less resources are used to make new product, it also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste (from products being trashed as they sadly often are!).

Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and kids 0-12 are FREE. Proceeds from this event benefit San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, bringing in critical dollars to support the Museums exhibits, programs, and scholarship fund.

 Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: San Diego Children’s Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Fall Family Festival Schedule

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Live Music by Hullabaloo Band
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Visit from our friends at Hooves and Paws Petting Zoo
12:00 pm-3:30 pm Gardening Workshops (Please check back soon to see a full list of gardening workshops)
All day activities include Costume Exchange, Seed Art, and other hands-on activities.


San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM)  is the only hands-on educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, the focus is on science, world culture and art.  the museum offers curiosity through interactive exhibits and hands-on programming. Children have the opportunity for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration and experimentation in where there are no right or wrong answers.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum offers KPBS Kids Workshops! Join Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Clifford, and other special guests as children explore the world around them through science, math and literacy.

Workshops will take place on the Second Saturday of selected months from 10am-12noon. Most workshops are scheduled at 10:15 and 11:15 and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. Hands-on activities are designed for children ages 3 and up. Price of KPBS Kids Workshops are included in Museum admission. 

Registration is encouraged so that they can better prepare for the correct amount of attendees. For information and to register, please email

The KPBS Kids October Workshop “Clifford the Big Red Dog” will be held on October 11, 2014. Children will experiment with surface tension, viscosity and density by making a glitter mindfulness jar.


Inspire your Girls to be “Pretty Brilliant”

A new ad from Verizon sends the exact message I try give my girls daily, this ad sends the message to tell our girls they are “pretty brilliant” too.

Verizon has a campaign called “Inspire her Mind”. This campaign focuses on inspiring parents and girls to stay engaged with all things STEM. Research shows there is a significant drop-off in women interested in these fields between childhood and adulthood, from 72% to 55%. Women make up half the workforce in the US. Yet, as far as STEM jobs go, we only hold 25% of the jobs.

Our words have a huge impact on our girls. Inspire their future by telling them how smart they are and how imaginative they are. Encourage them to get dirty, to look for bugs, go camping, let her find out how things work and let her build things. Through play time and family time we can spark our girls imagination in subjects like science, technology, engineering, astronomy and physics.

Verizon website dedicated to this campaign includes various videos and facts with in-depth insight, facts and figures from research studies. It also features women who are established in stem jobs.

We need to work together to be make a significant change in the lives of our girls.