Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | September 26, 2008

Coming this Saturday: “Celebrating Science – A Decade of Discovery”

Debbie Zoller

In advance of Saturday’s “Celebrating Science – A Decade of Discovery” gala, artist Debbie Zoller paints the planet Neptune on the path leading to the main doors of Discovery Science Center.

Our annual gala will be held Saturday night. We are so excited this year to be honoring Donald Kennedy, Parker Kennedy and First American Corporation with the Arnold O. Beckman award. The event is going to be spectacular, and our team is hard at work transforming Discovery Science Center into an elegant event venue.

We’ll be hosting a cocktail hour among the Science Center exhibits, but the main event happens in a tent that has been built in our parking lot for this occasion. We’re undergoing many cosmetic updates for this Saturday’s event, including having an artist paint the planets on the spheres on our main pathway. See the photo that we’ve posted here.

For all who will attend the event, we hope you enjoy your time at Discovery Science Center!

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | September 18, 2008

Extremo is here to create Spooky Science!

For those of you who have visited Discovery Science Center during Halloween, you’ll remember our Spooky Science activities, including our popular 3-D maze! Well, we’ve brought artist Scot “Extremo the Clown” Campbell back for another year, and he is downstairs painting the maze as I type this!

Spooky Science will be from Oct. 4 to Nov. 2 this year, and it will highlight our fall exhibition, Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats.

Coming up next Saturday night, our annual gala will be even more special this year. We’ll be “Celebrating Science – A Decade of Discovery!” The event will kickoff our tenth anniversary celebration. Look for some big news to come after this event. It should be a great night for all!

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | September 3, 2008

Final Weekend for Animal Grossology and Bob The Builder – Project: Build It!

Summer has drawn to a close and we’ll soon be packing up our traveling exhibitions, Animal Grossology and Bob The Builder – Project: Build It. If you haven’t yet visited this summer, make sure to get here before Sunday, Sept. 7! Animal Grossology is a great exhibition that highlights the yucky things that animals do. Bob The Builder – Project: Build It is a great chance for young children to build fundamental skills like thinking abstractly, associating and socializing. The role play that develops in this exhibition builds the foundation for their vocabulary and creativity!

Coming up Sept. 15 – 18, Home School Week is a chance for home schoolers to visit Discovery Science Center for grade-specific learning activities for their children. The program supplements what gets taught in the home. For more information, visit our Web site.

Finally, our thoughts are with the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast this week and in the weeks to come, as the remnants of Gustav pass and the next few storms get closer to land.

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | August 21, 2008

Parents Magazine names Discovery Science Center one of nation’s best

We are very excited to share that Parents Magazine has named Discovery Science Center one of the best science centers in the country! In their September issue, Parents talked about Dino Quest as a reason to visit! Read what they said about us here.

Our team deserves this huge pat on the back! We’ve worked hard in recent years to grow the science center’s programs, our exhibition lineup and our education outreach. It is great to be recognized like this!

We’d also like to congratulate our other science center friends who made the list. Congratulations for all that you do to inspire and educate!

Coming up this weekend, don’t miss the visit Friday by the First 5 Hands-on Health Van from 11 to 2. Then, join us Saturday for a “Build With Bob” event, hosted by Home Depot. The Home Depot event is a first-come, first-served activity, so arrive early for your chance to participate!

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | August 8, 2008

Today at Discovery Science Center

The Physics Factory is doing their presentations at our SunStage this morning. We’ll post photos of their show on our event web page.

This afternoon, we’ll be hosting What’s Shakin’? at 1 p.m. and our Grossology and Project Pollution Prevention Shows later in the day. Hope you can join us!

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | August 5, 2008

Summer in full swing

Yesterday was Santa Ana Free Day at Discovery Science Center. Thanks to First American Corporation, Santa Ana residents who show a valid photo id can bring up to 4 people into the science center on the first Monday of every month. By our count, more than 1600 Santa Ana residents came through our doors yesterday to see our summer exhibitions Animal Grossology and Bob The Builder – Project: Build It. What a great opportunity for the residents of Santa Ana!

As I mentioned last time, we just started a new earthquake stage show called “What’s Shakin’?” It will show everyday at 1 p.m. at our SunStage. Also new this week is a visit from the Physics Factory. They will be here at Discovery Science Center this Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. showcasing their physics feats! It is a free event for our visitors, and we are really looking forward to seeing the bus – it is powered by vegetable oil, according to their website.

If you visit us this Friday and take photos of your experience, share them on our flickr page!

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | August 1, 2008

Earthquake on July 29, 2008

To start, we wish the best to everyone who was affected by this week’s earthquake. We faired very well, but we know that our Southern California neighbors had some damage.


After the ground shook on Tuesday, July 29, Discovery Science Center staff moved quickly to search and secure the building. Once we determined that all was well, we were able to turn the event into a “teachable moment.”


Our Camp Discovery classes were coincidentally focusing on earth science that morning. The students seemed to perk up and became even more interested in the subject once the earthquake was over. Our vice president of education, Janet Yamaguchi, visited each classroom to help facilitate a discussion and share some information that the students could take home to their parents.


Downstairs in Taco Bell, a local school was finishing lunch and waiting for their field trip to start when the earthquake happened at 11:42 a.m. Our field trip leaders brought the group to our seismograph on the first floor to show them how the earthquake and aftershocks registered on the paper. The field trip was supposed to begin with a different lesson, but our quick-thinking staffers decided to focus first on earthquakes, plate tectonics and how waves move, before moving on to the regularly-scheduled field trip lesson. You can check out the OC Register’s interview with our field trip leader, Kristina Kalman-Read in the Quake Zone section of our Web site: 


We received many calls that day from concerned parents. It was great to be able to reassure them that all visitors were safe and sound.


It seems that our Quake Zone exhibits have become a bit more popular since the earthquake, so we are starting an earthquake preparedness stage show this Saturday. It will run daily at 1 p.m. through Sept. 7, which is the last day of our summer operations.

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | July 15, 2008

Eat-A-Bug Weekend

Coming up this Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be hosting Bug Chef David George Gordon for Eat-A-Bug Weekend at Discovery Science Center. Chef Gordon will make his creepy crawly cuisine live on our SunStage, and audience members can even taste test dishes like Scorpion Scallopini!


We’ll also be doing dissections, hosting a meet and greet with some furry friends, and offering information from the Orange County Vector Control District on how to keep safe from insects and rodents that can spread diseases. All of these activities are being hosted as part of our summer exhibition, Animal Grossology.


If you visit Discovery Science Center this weekend and you’re brave enough to eat a bug or two, send us a photo or video of your experience! You can upload your video to our YouTube Channel or share your photo on Flickr.


Hope you’ll join us here this weekend!

Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | July 3, 2008

July 4th Weekend in Orange County

We hosted the launch party here at Discovery Science Center this past weekend. The site is a place for moms to connect with other moms, share ideas and comment on the news of the day. It is a project of the Orange County Register.


Around 200 moms and dads came by to learn about the site, and we hope everyone had a good time! You can read about the event and see photos here.


Coming up this week, we are preparing for July 4th weekend. Discovery Science Center is open on Independence Day, and our staff has a full lineup of hands-on science activities planned for our visitors, including our new stage show, based on our summer exhibition, Animal Grossology. We’ll also have activity stations and our 4-D theater experience. It should be a fun weekend!


Happy Independence Day!



Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | June 18, 2008

First Weekend of Summer

This weekend, we are hosting a free public event called Go Green Weekend. One of our summer exhibitions, Bob The Builder – Project: Build It, focuses on the motto “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” so we thought it would be fitting to invite area organizations out to showcase what we can all do at home and in our everyday lives to be better stewards of the environment.


On Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, we’ll host Southern California Edison’s Mobile Energy Unit and a Home Depot “How To Clinic.” Advanced Solar Integration and Waste Management will be out here, and Orange County Vector Control will offer ways to safely ward off vectors in and around the home. You can sign up for a beach clean-up day with the Surfrider Foundation or sample organic drinks from Trader Joe’s. Our neighbor down the street, The Road Less Traveled, will be consulting with families who want to use Earth-friendly products in the home. Finally, our ever-popular game show – “Get Your Mind Into The Gutter” – will be hosted at our SunStage.


Plus, visitors who used public transportation to get to our event can get a discount on admission to Discovery Science Center by showing their pass at the ticket window.


If you attend the event this weekend, we’d like to see your photos. Please email them to our marketing team or share them on flickr.


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