Santa Ana’s Westfield MainPlace Mall is hosting an afternoon of FREE arts & crafts the whole family can enjoy, this Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 4 pm. Plus, they’ll be giving away pairs of tickets to visit the Discovery Science Center. The event will be held in Center Court. Continue reading
If you have some free time today, and you live in Santa Ana, there are some great opportunities to enjoy our local arts and culture scene for free today.
You can visit the Bowers Museum, the Kidseum, and the Heritage Museum for free today – and on Tuesday you can also visit the Discovery Science Center.
As a bonus the Bowers is holding a free Russian White Knights Family Festival today.
RUSSIAN WHITE NIGHTS FAMILY FESTIVAL
Sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment
JOHN M. LEE COURT
Exhibit of the works of award-winning artists Larissa Morais and Yuri Kuznetsov
MARGARET AND CLEO KEY COURTYARD
Video presentation of St Petersburg White Nights Festival (continuous showing until 3pm)
12 :00 – Greeting by Natalia Spikes, The California Russian Foundation and Orange Tea Room creative social club
12:30 – Performances by Firebird Balaika Quartet, Elina Avanesyan, Maria Tikhomirova (accompanied by Oscar Kettebekov), Ilya Sergienko (accompanied by Mikael Oganes – piano)
1:00 – Explanation of the Russian Samovar Tradition with an invitation to enjoy tea and traditional treats.
1:30 – Reading of the Children’s book “Ballet Series” by Author Aleksandra Efimova
2:30 – Performances by Ilya Sergienko (accompanied by Mikael Oganes – piano) Maria Tikhomirova (accompanied by Oscar Kettebekov) , Firebird Balaika Quartet Elina Avanesyan
Free admission to Itō Jakuchū: A Man with No Age, Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt, Quilts: Two Centuries of American Tradition and Technique, Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands and Bowers Museum permanent exhibits.
Free admission to Bowers Kidseum included. Kidseum hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Here are the details about the Bowers and Heritage Museums’ free day offers:
The Bowers Museum (2002 N. Main St. (714) 567-3600) – free admission on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month. www.bowers.org
Heritage Museum (3101 West Harvard (714) 540-0404) – free admission on the first Sunday of each month.www.heritagemuseumoc.org
Discovery Science Center (2500 N. Main St. (714) 542-2823) – free admission on the first Tuesday of every month. www.discoverycube.org
For Immediate Release: April 13, 2011
For More Information Contact: Carol Chamberlain – Office: (916) 319-2069, cell: (916) 804-5355
Assemblyman Solorio Announces Santa Ana Discovery Science Center is Awarded $7 million from Prop. 84 Park Bond
Early support of application and outreach to key leaders may have influenced decision
Sacramento – State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) offers congratulations to Santa Ana-based Discovery Science Center for their success in receiving a significant Proposition 84 Nature Education Facilities Program award. The center requested and will receive $7 million to expand its existing facility and build a California Natural Resources Pavilion.
The Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization currently serving 420,000 students, teachers and general visitors each year, plus an additional 200,000 chidren in their classrooms.
“I strongly supported their application, and contacted key state leaders to garner their support,” says Solorio. “I told anyone who would listen that there could not be a more worthy candidate for Prop 84 funds. The Discovery Science Center already has an excellent track record of increasing public understanding and appreciation for science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. This new pavilion will only enhance what they do so well right now for Orange County youth.”
The Discovery Science Center’s new California Natural Resources Pavilion will add 21,000 square feet to their existing center and educate visitors about our air, water, and land resources. The expansion will feature the latest sustainable features incorporated into the construction and design of the new building, and will highlight the importance of these resources to Southern California. The exhibits will feature goal-oriented approaches in which visitors learn scientific concepts through engaging in a series of tasks to achieve a mission. Targeted groups will include students, the economically disadvantaged, racial/ethnic minorities, teachers, and visitors of all ages.
“I especially want to thank President Joe Adams of the Discover Science Center for preparing a great proposal with a strong vision,” Solorio added. “The kids from Santa Ana and throughout Southern California will reap the educational benefits of this innovative project for decades to come.”
For a full list of awards, visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation website.
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee and also serves on the Assembly Appropriations and Transportation committees. He represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. For more information about Assemblyman Solorio, visit www.assembly.ca.gov/solorio.
Santa Ana residents can get in free to the Discovery Science Center on the firsty Tuesday of every month, which falls on April 5, this week. Admission is usually $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 3 to 17. Parking is $3.
Orange County’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, Taco Bell Discovery Science Center offers more than 100 hands-on exhibits to spark children’s natural curiosity. A Delta III Rocket towers 85 feet over Interstate 5, representing the contribution made by Southern California companies and individuals toward the conquest of space. Opening in 2009: The Science of Hockey. Visitors will experience the colder side of science as they explore physics, physiology and flying pucks! Exhibition highlights include a Zamboni, Penalty Box and Broadcast Booth, among many others.
Annual events include BubbleFest during Spring Break, special summer exhibitions, Spooky Science in October, and the Science of Gingerbread during the holiday season. These events often include a separate fee.
The Discovery Science Center is located at 2500 North Main Street, in Santa Ana. Click here for directions.
The Entertainment Coupon Book offers a coupon for one free child admission to the Discovery Science Center, with purchase of one adult admission, at this link. You can buy their 2011 book right now for $15 at this link.
Purchase your tickets now for Orange County’s most astounding spring break bubble spectacular! Bubblefest features good, clean fun for the entire family, at the Discovery Science Center, in Santa Ana, starting on April 2.
- See the Mega Bubble Show (ticket required)
- Make your own giant bubbles
- See our BubbleBusters stage show
Daily Mega Bubble Show Times:* 11:00am • 12:30pm • 2:00pm • 3:30pm (*Show times are subject to change. Show times on Monday, April 4 are 2:00pm, 3:30pm & 4:30pm.)
Orange County’s Most Astounding Spring Break Event
Leading the excitement is sixteen-time Guinness Book World Record Holder and Bubble Scientist, Fan Yang and his son, Deni Yang. Fan has been performing his amazing “Mega Bubble Show” in New York City and has been featured on TV networks around the globe.
Fan Yang will be performing shows April 2 – 4 and Deni Yang will take the stage April 5 – 24.
World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubble Show features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.
Inside the Center, hands-on bubble activities demonstrate a bubble’s science and math principles (such as surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, molecular properties, and geometric properties) and our BubbleBusters stage show explains the science behind the super soapy fun.
Included with general admission to Discovery Science Center are bubble activities, learning stations and the Center’s more than 100 permanent hands-on exhibits. Mega Bubble Show tickets must be purchased in addition to general admission ($7 for non-members, $5 for members).
Also offered during Bubblefest is a unique experience – “Me in a Bubble” – where guests can have their photo taken inside a giant soap bubble as proof it can be done! (Additional fee required.)
Meet the Artists
Fan Yang is a world renowned bubble scientist, artist, and performer. Over the past two decades, Fan has explored the fascinating unknown world of soap bubbles, combining art with science. He has transformed a simple bubble into a beautiful piece of art, bringing bubble media into a new artistic dimension for the masses. Fan’s ingenious creations and dedication to the pursuit of his dream has brought to life an utterly unique form of entertainment. He emerged as Master of the Soap Bubbles and earned international acclaim in Germany, being voted “Artist of the Year” and is currently a 16-time Guinness Book of World Record holder, most recently having put an 8,800 lb elephant in a bubble.
Fan’s spectacular shows have been featured at the National Museum of Science and Technology (Ottawa, Canada), Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA, USA), Singapore Science Centre (Singapore), and Ontario Science Center (Toronto, Canada). His performances have been broadcast worldwide on television. Some of his appearances include “Late Night with David Letterman”, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly”, “The View”, “CBS Sunday Morning”, “Today in NY”, CW11, CNN, Cirque du Soleil “Soltrom”, TNN, Disney-MGM, NHK-TV in Japan, RAI-TV in Italy, Canale 5, Television Chile Guinness Prime Time, FOX TV, CCTV in Beijing, TCS in Singapore, The Learning Channel, London Weekend Television, CCTV in Canada BC, and much more.
Fan has also conceived and manufactured his own bubble toy pertaining to his field of entertainment: The Ultimate Bubble Toy. Unlike any other bubble toy on the market, The Ultimate Bubble Toy was created entirely by Fan Yang based on his scientific knowledge and artistic skill. Combined with a special bubble solution made with a “secret formula”, it allows you to create the most stunning bubble elements such as bubbles inside a bubble, bouncing bubble, floating bubble, mega bubble, millions of tiny bubbles and many other unique bubble tricks.
Deni Yang has been combining entertainment, art and science performing in bubble shows for the most of his young life. Following in the footsteps of his parents Fan and Ana Yang, Deni has entertained audiences around the world with his marvelous stage performances. His first live appearance was at the age of four on RAI 1 Italian Television where he fascinated millions of viewers across Europe. It was the beginning of what would eventually bring Deni international acclaim at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival (Monaco) in 1997, where he solidified his career as a bubble artist.
Deni has toured the globe with his spectacular stage show and has been featured at the National Museum of Science and Technology (Ottawa, Canada) and the Pacific Science Centre (Seattle, WA). He has also made numerous appearances on television shows around the world in Italy, Greece, France, and USA. Most recently Deni starred in the “White Bubble Show” in Seoul, Korea.
- Explore hands-on activities & learning stations
- Learn from professionals using math in their careers
- Find out how math impacts our everyday lives
Details & Requirements:
- Participants must be current 7th or 8th grade students
- Fifty 7th & 8th grade students and ten parent chaperones will be selected on a first come-first serve basis
- Proof of US Citizenship (birth certificate/driver’s license)*
- Bus transportation will be provided to and from Raytheon (located in El Segundo). Participants must arrive at Discovery Science Center no later than 6:15am and will arrive back at DSC between 2:00pm and 2:30pm
- Lunch will be provided
Registration & Details
*Such documentation is required because Raytheon must comply with federal security regulations. Foreign nationals may not participate in this event.
The Discovery Science Center is located at 2500 North Main St., in Santa Ana.
Orange County’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, is FREE for Santa Ana residents on the first Tuesday of the month, which is this week, on Feb. 1.
The Discovery Science Center is celebrating “A Decade of Discovery” as the Cube turns ten! The center has 59,000 square feet of exhibit space packed with science interactives designed to spark children’s natural curiosity.
In addition to the physical science complex, Discovery Science Center sees more than 150,000 school children in their classrooms each year. Now the largest provider of water education in Orange County, Discovery Science Center ranks in the top ten for education outreach among science centers across the nation.
The Science Center opened Dino Quest, the world’s first interactive dinosaur adventure, to record crowds in 2006! The Science of Hockey brought a new experience to the center in 2009. During the next five years, the Science Center will continue to expand our exhibit area and continue to grow our programs to help educate and inspire Orange County and surrounding areas.
New Exhibit: Grab the kids and run, jump and play your way through an interactive exhibition all about the human body. Sesame Street Presents: The Body comes to Discovery Science Center on January 29.
Click here to sign up for the Center’s email list.
Grab the kids and run, jump and play your way through an interactive exhibition all about the human body. Sesame Street Presents: The Body comes to Discovery Science Center on January 29. This exhibit will cover everything from fingers and toes to your ishy squishy insides.
Click here to download a $5 coupon!
Meet & Greet With Elmo!*
Visit the Discovery Science Center every weekend for a meet & greet with Elmo! He will be inside the exhibit at various times on Saturdays & Sundays through Feb 28.
Some of the Wonderful Displays are:
The body is an amazing, complicated machine and you can’t even see most of it… except here! Count your organs at the Count’s Organ Organ and see what happens to the food you eat at Oscar’s Digestion.
Learn all about the different body parts you can see, like your hands, your feet and your head. Learn what they do and put them to use to help Elmo ride a bike or see how high you can make Grover jump.
How You Work.
You’ll learn what makes you tick, and even get the chance to put your body to the test at Rosita’s Locomotion and Grover’s Dance party, a groovy disco where you can boogie along with Grover.
Staying healthy is one of your body’s most important jobs. Learn how eating healthy foods, exercising and resting help keep your body healthy and strong at Ernie’s Rub-A-Dub Tub and Baby Bear’s Mini Mart.
The Discovery Science Center is located at 2500 North Main Street, in Santa Ana. Call them at 714-542-2823.
Santa Ana residents receive free admission with ID (proof of residency) on the first Tuesday of every month.
Why should adults have all the fun on New Year’s Eve? Kids, put on your party shoes and walk the red carpet on December 31… the Discovery Science Center is celebrating all day long!
- Balloon drop at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
- Be the star & walk the red carpet
- Make seltzer rockets & party poppers
- Sing your way through Karaoke
- Make a ginger ale toast to 2011
All Noon Year’s Eve activities are included in general admission.
The Discovery Science Center is located at 2500 N. Main St., in Santa Ana. Click here to buy tickets.
Santa Ana’s Discovery Science Center is looking for actors to portray Elmo, the Sesame Street character, in their upcoming “Sesame Street Presents: The Body,” exhibit, which starts on January 29, 2011, through May 1.
No puppet experience is necessary, actors will be trained by the exhibit personnel on how to properly portray the character.
The Elmo character will be making appearances daily and the actors will have the opportunity to interact with children of all ages.
Actors are required to sign on for a specified contract, but it does not have to be for the entire length of the exhibit. The term is negotiable.
The Elmo actors may be male or female, 18-49, any ethnicity, 5’2″ or shorter. They must be people friendly and not claustrophobic, very outgoing and not afraid to approach guests in character.
Note: Due to the nature of working with children, you are required to complete a fingerprint/background investigation prior to employment. The livescan is no cost to you and will only take a short amount of time to complete.
Email your picture and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Actors will be paid for their work.
Click here to see the Elmo exhibit press kit.
Discovery Science Center “Science of Gingerbread” (Dec 11, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011)
Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing – it’s science at work! Our holiday festival is filled with festive activities designed to bring families together this holiday season.
Gingerbread House Workshops. Learn from local chefs how to build & decorate a gingerbread house:
Sat, Dec 18: Garden Grove ROP
Sun, Dec 19: Tracy Lopez
Award Winning Gingerbread Displays: Daily through Jan 2. See Gingerbread Competition entries throughout the Center!
Hands-On Kitchen Science Activities: Daily through Jan 2. Find out all about kitchen tools, recipe science and more!
“A Matter of Taste” Stage Show: 11a,1p,3p,4p; Sat/Sun through Jan 2. How are taste and smell different? Find out for yourself!
Photos w/Santa Claus: 11am-3pm; Dec 4&5,11&12,18-24. Don’t miss your chance to take a photo & visit with Santa!
Cookie Decorating: 11:30a, 1:30p, 3:30p; Dec 4&5,11&12,18-30. Decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!
Train Modeling Demonstrations: Schedule TBD. Check out exclusive demos by Toy Train Engineers of the Southern California.
“Ask a Scientist” Series: See special presentations by local scientists.
“Ask a Scientist” Series Schedule:
Sat, Dec 4: FDA Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, Vien Lee. What’s the difference between good bacteria and bad bacteria? Find out in this presentation from a real FDA Officer.
Sat, Dec 11: FDA Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, Michael Araneta. How do you wash your vegetables? Can you leave a gallon of milk out for an hour and refrigerate? What’s pasteurization? Find out these answers and more!
All activities and demonstrations are free after admission. Dates and activites are subject to change.
They’re coming to get you…at Discovery Science Center! No magnifying glass needed here; these bugs are larger than life! Experience giant bug animatronics, a world-class insect collection, and interactive educational stations. See the world of bugs through their eyes, find out about “the good, the bad, the ugly” of the insect world, even play with our remote-controlled robotic bugs!
KIDS – Be sure to wear your costume on Saturdays and Sundays and join in our Spider Mash Dance and Costume Parade at 2:00pm!
Creepy Crawly Guests, Dates & times listed below
Dr. Sue’s Traveling Insect & Arthropod Zoo
Get totally bug-eyed at the ultimate insect-stravaganza! Stare into the powerful jaws of a praying mantis, pet a tarantula, discover glowing scorpions, and even play with GIANT ants!
OC Vector Control
Ouch! Pesky Mosquito! Go eye-to-eye with these annoying creatures as you observe the Mosquito Chamber and learn how mosquitoes spread disease, why they bite, and how you can protect yourself!
Rat & Mouse Club of America – So Cal Chapter
Did you know that mice and rats make excellent pets? Uncover the true identity of these fascinating rodents and learn how to train a mouse or rat, what their needs are, and maybe even adopt a rat!
Deemed the “Architects of Agriculture” by the New York Times, these four-winged, flower-feeding insects not only produce honey and pollinate crops, they are far more interesting than that… find out why!
Thor’s Creepy Crawlers Stage Show
Did you know a cockroach can live nine days without its head and that tarantulas can jump up to two feet? Meet these spectacular arthropods during this special stage show complete with a live tarantula, loud hissing cockroaches, black Empire Scorpions; even meet some amphibians and lizards who like to eat bugs!
Click here to buy tickets.
The O.C. Register is offering a great discount, today only, on Super Tickets to the Discovery Science Center, in Santa Ana. If you buy today, you can get 58% off a Discovery Science Center Super Ticket! ($20.95 value). Your cost will be only $9! Click here to buy your discounted ticket right away.
Super ticket includes Science Center admission, 4-D Movie ticket and DinoQuest game. Plus, check out Discovery Science Center’s newest exhibits: Boeing Rocket Lab, Grossology and Tinkertoy!
Here are a few more details:
It is important to go to space at least once to make sure all those world maps aren’t lying. It is also important to breathe oxygen. Since there isn’t enough oxygen in space for all of us, do the next best thing and check out the Discovery Science Center, a 59,000-square-foot learning facility designed to spark children’s natural curiosity and save them from the perils of absolute zero.
Since opening in 1998 the Discovery Science Center has become Orange County’s largest nonprofit educational resource and serves over 450,000 guests each year. All of these guests emerge alive and well from the Science Center’s exhibits, including Science of Hockey, Discovery Stadium, Techno Arts, Air & Space, Perception, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, KidStation and Dino Quest. Why float in zero gravity wearing a Michelin Man suit when you can just go to the Discovery Science Center? It’ll use way less gas than going into space — a great way to show planetary love.
THE FINE PRINT
Valid for adult or child (1 person per ticket)
Includes DSC admission, 4-D movie, DinoQuest
Expiration: September 30, 2010
No cash value
Not valid with any other offer
Limit 1 per guest, per visit
Valid during normal operating hours
Movie tickets are subject to seating availability
Coupon is not upgradable
Tax and Gratuity Included
Click here to buy your discounted Super Tickets!
You can go to the Discovery Science Center for free today, if you reside in Santa Ana. They are located at 2500 North Main Street, in Santa Ana, just north of the 5 Freeway. They are open from 10 am to 5 pm today.
Here are their current exhibits:
Discovery Science Center “Grossology”
MAY 29, 2010 – SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 GROSSOLOGY Explore the good, the bad and the downright ugly about how your body works at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in the summer of 2010.
Discovery Science Center “Tinkertoy”
June 5, 2010 – September 26, 2010
There’s no limit to what you can do when you use teamwork and creativity in Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination, a new traveling exhibit based on the classic building toy adored by generations of children. The exhibit features Tinkertoy in educational and fun activities inspired by GE’s successful “Imagination at Work” campaign – showing how innovation can positively influence everyday life and create solutions to real work challenges. Children will be immersed in creative exhibit environments where they can experiment with design, architecture and engineering, including the design studio, power plant, machine shop, think tank and more!
Boeing Rocket Lab: Now Open!
Blast off with Discovery Science Center as we celebrate the opening of Boeing Rocket Lab- the first exhibit inside the giant cube! Be the first to experience a simulated rocket launch INSIDE the Cube… it’s a must-do to kick-off your family’s Fourth of July weekend!
It’s out of this world fun at Discovery Science Center’s new, permanent, exhibit, Boeing Rocket Lab. Discover your inner astronaut; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist! Boeing Rocket Lab is designed for kids (and kids at heart) who love all things space, and want to learn about the science of space, rockets, and engineering.