Science of Hockey at Discovery Cube OC

Science of Hockey at Discovery Cubei’ve been going to Discovery Cube OC for many years, and i’ve been in the Science of Hockey exhibit many times as well. but until recently, i hadn’t taken the time to really get to know this amazing exhibit. that’s the key to visiting a science center, you really need to take the time and read about the things you are experiencing. you learn so many interesting facts. and with hockey season in full swing and lots of Ducks fans here in the OC, i thought it was the perfect time to share a more in-depth experience of this neat hands-on exhibit. it was created in association with the Anaheim Ducks to bring about more knowledge on the game of hockey. so put on a helmet, grab a hockey stick and get ready for the Science of Hockey!

front in center at the Science of Hockey exhibit is a full-size replica of a 500-series Zamboni Machine. it is the first thing my boys run to when we get to the second floor of the Cube. it’s pretty cool, and kids love to get into to the drivers seat and pretend to resurface the ice. they can move levers and push buttons to find out how to activate various functions of the Zamboni Machine and how this affects the ice.

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located around the Zamboni, are lots of really cool hockey experiments waiting for you to try. two of our favorites are Reaction Time, where you can test your reaction time to sound, light, and vibration. and Ice Time, where you can feel what an frozen ice rink feels like.

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around the corner, you can test your strength by trying to lift a complete uniform worn by a hockey player or design your own uniform, even adding your photo to see what you would look like as a hockey player. there is also an area to watch a video on how hockey pucks are made. i watched the entire documentary and found it very fascinating. next time you are at the center, take a minute to watch it. you’ll be glad you did.

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i found it very interesting to learn about the different kinds of ice skates and how and why they use the blades they do. you can see and feel just how they work and glide. there is even an area to test your skating skills….but while wearing socks!

Science of Hockey Ice Skates Exhibitprobably the most fun part of the Science of Hockey exhibit are the You Be the Goalie and You Be the Shooter exhibits. here you are put into a high energy hockey experience, and into the  skates of an NHL goalie or hockey player! gear up as you attempt to block shots the opposing team’s players. learn about reaction processes in the body and how goalies are able to block a shot in as little as .15 seconds. or test your skills and shoot the puck at a virtual goalie! better put your game face on, or else the virtual goalie will block your shot!

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there is even a Broadcast Booth! you can select your favorite Ducks play and become the broadcaster as you record your own play-by-play! try to follow the script of scientific explanations of the game, or create your own narrative. after you have finished recording, listen to your play-by-play and email it to yourself so you can share it with your friends and family!

Science of Hockey Broadcasting Exhibit

why is ice the best playing surface for the game of hockey? test out the Friction Table and find out. here you get to test and compare how pucks move on various surfaces and learn about the effect that friction has on movement of the puck.

Science of Hockey Puck Exhibit

the boys and i especially enjoyed heading into the locker room and experiencing Coach’s Corner. you get to watch a video to learn all about fitness and nutrition and play along with a quiz show by answering questions on how to make positive decisions about exercise, nutrition, and sportsmanship. it was nice and quiet in there, and the boys were able to focus and really learn about how the player keep their energy and nutrition in balance to play the best game possible.

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besides the Coach’s Corner, there are also a few more areas to learn. the Penalty Box will make you will make you use your brain to get back out onto the ice! players in the penalty box will have to answer at least four hockey-based math questions before they can get back into the game! and the Sounds of the Games will let you experience everything you would hear at a real life game.

Science of Hockey Sounds at Discovery Cube

before you leave, head to the back of the Science of Hockey exhibit and check out the Anaheim Ducks memorabilia. there are flags, trophies and signed jerseys. pretty cool for any hockey fan to see. Science of Hockey ExhibitScience of Hockey at Discovery Cube InformationScience of Hockey Ducks Memorabilia
thanks to the help of the Ducks Association and Discovery Cube, kids and adults can learn the science behind this well loved sport. The Science of Hockey will give you a perspective to see how amazing hockey players are at what they do, and hopefully give you a better understanding of the sport. make sure to check it out the next time you visit Discovery Cube!

Science of Hockey Exhibit at Discovery Cube in Orange County

The New Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

The New Discovery Cube

we are so excited to share with you that the Discovery Cube has now opened their amazing expansion. the Science Center is now double the size and better than ever. as you know, we have been visitors and promoters of Discovery Cube for many years. it’s a popular place to visit, so this expansion was very needed. now there is plenty of room for new traveling exhibits, plus the addition of some great new permanent exhibits as well.

The New Discovery Cube Expansion

the boys and i had a chance to check out the new expansion, and are thrilled to share some of the new things you will find at Discovery Cube. you are definitely going to want to check it out yourself, but i would love to show you some of the things you will want to make sure you experience on your next visit.
New Discovery Cube Expansion

first up, on the first floor, you will find a new Water Gallery area that is full of water works exhibits. kids can try hands on experiments to see how water moves, freezes, and flows–including how it exists in our oceans, lakes, and underground.
The Discovery Cube New Water Exhibit
the boys especially loved this interactive exhibit showing how saltwater and freshwater affected different varieties of fish.The Discovery Cube New Aqua Exhibitthey also really were intrigued by the sea turtle tracker that showed where tagged sea turtles live on our Earth–showing their migration and travel patterns in real time.

The Discovery Cube Sealife Exhibit

on the first level you, will also find the Peterville Healthy Kitchen, where kids can learn about healthy food choices, how to cook and modify recipes, food prep safety, and taste new herbs and spices they may not have tried before.

The Discovery Cube Healthy Kitchen ExhibitThe Discovery Cube Kitchen Exhibit

adjacent to the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, you will find Discovery Cube’s most exciting edition, Bean Sprouts. a new cafe that serves healthy and fun new foods. that’s right, Taco Bell is no longer found at The Cube. the new food menu at Bean Spouts is awesome and really yummy. in fact, i will be writing an entire post dedicated to the cafe.

The Discovery Cube Healthy Bean Sprouts Foodand did someone say coffee? that’s right, Discovery Cube now has a coffee bar. i am sure that comes as great news to some of you.The Discovery Cube Coffee Cafealong with everything above, you will also find some new exhibits among the old favorites, like this sun shadow exhibit.

The Discovery Cube Sun Shadow Exhibitand you can still check out the dinosaurs over at Dino Quest.Discovery Cube Dino Questplus, don’t forget to check out the new gift shop before you leave. it has some very nice items and gifts. so much better than the old gift shop.The Discovery Cube Gift Shop StoreThe Discovery Cube Gift Shop
then head upstairs…you will be in for many new surprises! first of all, check out the Mission Control Center.

Discovery Cube New Mission Control exhibit

here you can build and launch your own satellite into space and watch it orbit around the Earth. my oldest son really enjoyed the Space Station and learning about the stars.

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my younger boys loved the Inspector Training Course – this immersive backyard experience has guests learning how to better protect their homes from vectors such as mosquitos, rodents, flies and ants, along with vector-borne diseases through a digital scavenger hunt.

The Discovery Cube Exterminator Exhibit

kids get there own digital game pad to take with them into the exhibit.

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they can use the game pad to follow instructions throughout a backyard course. will you protect the house and earn the Inspector’s Badge?

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one of the best additions of the Discovery Cube Expansion is the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater & Exhibition Hall. you may have gotten a sneak peek of it at the Bubblefest Show this spring. the theater was actually designed around their amazing bubble show and is a 10,000 square-foot flexible space, a first-of-its-kind in the museum world. it has the ability to transform from a world-class exhibition hall to a 500-seat theater.

The Discovery Cube Showcase Theater

right now you will find it’s very first exhibit to display there–The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes – a “who done it” mystery! and it is RAD. especially for adults and those who love the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.

Traveling Sherlock Holmes Exhibit

plan on spending a bit of time in this interactive exhibit, as it is enormous. there’s lots to see and do as you navigate through to solve a mystery of your own.

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and finally, take a simulated Helicopter Tour over Orange County!

Discovery Cube Orange County Helicopter Simulator

this is a really amazing experience you will want to have. soar over Orange County in a virtual helicopter and learn about the nature that makes-up the Irvine Ranch. from the mountains to the ocean, the 50,000 acres of the Irvine Ranch is permanently protected wild lands and parks with unique plant life, endangered species, and fun hiking trails.
Discovery Cube Helicopter Simulator
you will find all this and more at the Discovery Cube, plus there are even more exhibits coming in Fall of 2015. there is so much more to do now that you should plan on staying most of the day. or even better, get an annual pass so you can bring the kiddies whenever you want.

Orange County Museum of Art | Free Second Sundays

orange-county-museum-of-art-free-second-sundaysdid you know the Orange County has it’s own art museum? the Orange County Museum of Art is located in Newport Beach near Fashion Island, and has been there since 1962. it is known for it exhibits of contemporary art that have been created by Orange County locals presently and from the past. it’s collection includes painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, video, digital, and installation art produced during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

the Orange County Museum of Art has a special program call Free Family Days. this is the perfect time to bring your kids to the museum to experience an art museum. i feel it is important for children to be culturally diversified and get to experience the arts, whether it be art, music or theater. on OCMA Free Family Days, the museum holds special interactive family gallery tours, hands-on art activities, art showcases from local children, story time and live performances. it really is a great family activity for your may think that is it not a good idea to bring kids to  museum full of art and things they can’t touch, but i think that by bringing children at a young age and teaching them the appropriate behaviors for different experiences is really important. i have been taking my kids to art museums and art galleries since they were babies. they know not to touch and just look. they enjoy looking at the different pieces and finding meaning behind are really interested in who created the pieces an what they have been created from. what are they painted with? are they multi-media, colored pencil, ink, or clay? it’s really fun to read them the descriptions of the pieces…especially because i too am learning about the artwork. orange-county-museum-of-artFree Second Sundays are a great time to bring the kids to the art museum because there will be its of volunteers to teach them, show them around the museum and help them with hands-on art projects. since there will be lots of other children’s talking a bit loud will be forgivable, as all the kids are learning the proper behaviors for an art museum. one thing i do to help my boys know that they need to act grown up and not run around is having them dress up in nice clothes. they are used to this because they dress up for church…and actually love dressing up. they know that when they are wearing their nice clothes, they aren’t supposed to run around, climb on things or roll around on the ground. orange-county-museum-of-art-kids-dayorange-county-museum-of-art-family-dayi was really impressed with the hands-on -art activities. the OCMA workers really work with the kids and talk to them about the purpose of the art they are creating, and which artists’ technique they are incorporating.
ocma-kids-art-lessonswhen we went, the boys got to make multi-media clay hearts.ocma-kids-artthey have never used real artist clay before, so it was a really neat finished product were really cool…and they found that they really liked working with clay and patterns.

ocma-free-second-sundays-kids-crafts and did i mention that the entire day was FREE! all the activities, museum tours, performances and admission is free in the second Sunday of the month at the Orange County Museum of Art. such a great deal for a family activity in the OC.ocma-free-second-sundays

visiting the Orange County Museum of Art was a great experience for the whole family. i hope by making these trips, my children will develop an appreciation for the art and culture, learn to love fine art and maybe even find that they want to create their own art to display one day

wanna go? here’s the info….

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122

monday – tuesday CLOSED  •  wednesday – sunday 11am – 5pm  •  thursday 11am – 8pm

Adults $12  •  Students & Seniors $10  •  Children Under 12 Free  •  Museum Members Free
Check the Calendar to See When Free Family Days are Held

click here for the OCMA website

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Etnies come to Pretend City

Wahoo's & Etnies Exhibits at Pretend City #orangecounty #museum

there are two exciting families in town at Pretend City! Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Etnies have joined Pretend City Town. kids can create there own yummy “pretend” food in the Wahoo’s Fish Taco Cafe and the Etnies Family has moved into the Pretend City House.


last week we were invited to attend the opening of these new exhibits, and i would have to say, this has been one of my boys favorite visits to Pretend City. i mean, how exciting to have a skateboard company and their favorite “surfing” food place take over Pretend City. they got to build real life skateboards and skate ramps in the Pretend City house garage, dine in Wahoo’s Cafe that was decorated in surf and skate stickers, hear a live tween band, skate with Etnies, and pretend they were hanging ten! it was AWESOME!


i got to have a quick chat with the owners of Wahoo’s and Etnies, and i was really impressed with their authenticity and energy. wanting people to love life and enjoy the kid in all of us. we should all take this advice.

check out this quick video clip of our visit to Pretend City… 

Bob the Builder Breakfast at Discovery Science Center

join Bob the Builder for this exclusive early morning event, the Bob the Builder Breakfast! guests will be able to enjoy breakfast and be one of the first to experience the new Bob the Builder exhibit – Project: Build It. plus, you will have an opportunity to meet the star of this exhibit, Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder Breakfast
September 15, 2012 
 breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
(first come first serve)
 first 250 kids will receive a yellow construction hat photo opportunities with Bob the Builder