Category: STEM/STEAM

There are No Mistakes in Art


How great would it be if you never made a mistake? Learn from the creative imagination of children’s book author, TV writer, and director Samantha Berger, that “in art, there are no mistakes” in this Chuck Jones Center-sponsored Creative Classroom. But even if you can’t make a mistake in art, that doesn’t mean discipline isn’t important. In this class, Samantha Berger will show you that creating something every day along with thoughtful doodling will lead you to new discoveries and ultimately to brilliance.

“There Are No Mistakes in Art” will take place on Sunday, January 24 from 2 to 4 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are a must as seating is limited. RSVP to or by calling 949-660-7793 x 107.

  • When: Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, located at South Coast Collection. 3321 Hyland Avenue. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 – View Map
  • Cost: FREE

Whale Fiesta

Clear your calendar and join Cabrillo Marina Aquarium in celebrating the 46th annual Whale Fiesta! This fun-filled family event, co-sponsored by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, celebrates marine mammals and the migration of Pacific gray whales along Southern California’s coast.

More than 20 marine life organizations will exhibit and provide information about their efforts to raise awareness and provide protection for these animals. Throughout the day expert Cabrillo Whalewatch naturalists will give talks on various marine mammals.

This year we are building a life-sized Pacific gray whale! Grab your shovels and come lend a hand. The highlight of the day is the Great Duct Tape Whale Contest, where model whales and other sea creatures are created by all ages. Other special activities throughout the day include face painting, music, marine mammal-related arts and crafts projects for all ages, a puppet show, a life-sized walk-through whale and a passport contest for fabulous prizes.

The celebration’s grand finale will be Whale Dynamics, where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.”

  • When: Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where:  Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: Admission to the aquarium os Free however a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors helps maintain the aquarium and offer excellent programs.

The Aquarium’s Exploration Center, Aquatic Nursery and the Library will be open to visitors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend the whole day enjoying all the activities for free!


Girls in STEM


Something very exciting is taking place over at the Columbia Memorial Space Center! The Columbia Memorial Space Center has recently launched “Girls in STEM” an out-of-school science club that will brings interactive and hands-on experiences in STEM to young girls within the community.

Girls are encouraged to explore and test their own ideas as well as careers in STEM. Joining and attending the Girls in STEM Club is absolutley FREE!

The club is best suited for girls ages 8 and up. In additon to the club meetups, normally held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, the girls also have outings such as a recent trip to JPL. Any money needed for outings or materials can be earned through various fund raising events. This is a great opportunity for our girls!

This months meeting the girls will be putting together a temporary exhibit for the CMSC’s commemoration event.

  • When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE

Meet the Mummies!

This is the final weekend to meet the Mummies at the Natural History Museum’s “Mummies New Secrets from the Tomb” exhibit! My family and I were finally able to visit last weekend. One of my daughters asked to see Dinosaurs and the other wanted to see Mummies, the Natural History Museum had both!

During our visit, we were able to see 20 mummies, some of which have never been on public display before. The mummies come from ancient Egypt and Peru and bring to life many of the ancient burial details as well as how the societies lived and their beliefs. I was unable to take pictures of the displays are they are extremely sensitive.

We were also able to view a few decorated coffins, mummification tools as well items that were placed inside the tomb alongside the Mummies. My girls had a great time at the interactive display tables. They were able to virtually “unwrap” layers of  the mummies, and move the mummies from top to bottom and side to side. They were also able to see some of the objects the mummies were laid to rest with.

The museum will be staying open late on this Saturday night – until 9:00 pm on January 16th in order to accomidate visitors before the exhibit final day. It is highly recommended that you reserve your timed tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Timed tickets for this exhibition are required. If your a Member of the museum you do get free access to see the Mummies, but an advanced reservation is also required. The Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Day, which is the last day to see this exhibit.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

The cost of tickets to view the exhibit plus admission to the museum for the day is: $22.00 for adults, $19.00 for Seniors (ages 62+), $19.00 for Student Youths, $10.00 for children (ages 3-12) and Free for children 2 and under. Members are free. Parking is $15.00 during the weekend. By the way, a family membership for two adults and up to four children (age 17 and under) is only $99.00 and includes Unlimited free admission to the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the William S. Hart Museum.

Your Natural History Museum membership includes FREE timed-tickets to Butterfly Pavilion, Spider Pavilion, Bug Fair, traveling exhibitions as well as Free tickets to First Fridays (RSVP’s are required).

Celebrate Underwater Parks Day

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Underwater Parks Day is Saturday, January 16, 2016. Underwater Parks Day is a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s).

Join the Ocean Institute, Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and other partners, to celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast.

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Learn about and explore our local Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area and understand the importance of protected areas such as this. Guided tidepool hikes, sea urchin dissections and other activities will highlight this amazing environment and animals that live just feet from our door.

The day is a coordinated event by marine science centers throughout Southern California to educate the public about the statewide network of Marine Protected and Conservation Areas and explain the need for these “underwater parks.”

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Ocean Institute – Ocean Education Center – 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Cost: Admission is $10.00 for adults (13 yrs+), $7.50 for Children ages 3 -12 yrs and Seniors ages 65+, Children 2 and under are free.


Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Join Cabrillo Marina Aquarium for a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)! These areas, like parks on land, protect underwater marine resources for future generations to enjoy.

To celebrate MPAs and ocean conservation, CMA is participating in Underwater Parks Day. There will be speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts for visitors so they can learn more about MPAs, how MPAs work, and where MPAs are located in Southern California.

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731 
  • Cost: FREE but donations are appreciated

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Learn more about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Guests will be able to learn about the commercial and recreational activities permitted. MPA stories will be told using film, lectures, and interactive exhibits. The event will also feature educational booths and activities in the Great Hall.

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: Included with your admission: Children (3-11) $17.95, Adults $29.95, Seniors $26.95, members are free.

Junior Explorers Academy

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I was excited to see that in addition to Columbia Memorial Space Center hosting their monthly “Young Explorers Academy” they are now also hosting Junior Explorers Academy! 

Junior Explorers Academy is a monthly workshop for children aged 6-8.  Different science topics will be covered each month, providing children with opportunities to explore and experiment  through hands-on activities that will stimulate their natural curiosity of the world around them.

This months topic is “How the Solar System Began”. Come journey back to a time completely unimaginable, as they introduce the formation of our solar system from clouds of gas and dust creating nebulas, a first-hand introduction of the coming together of matter known as accretion, and finishing off with a homemade comet.

There are 3 ways to register: Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm OR register online through ActiveNet or register in-person.

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:00am – 11:30am 
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $12 is per guardian and child pair (includes all day admission to the CMSC) or $7 for CMSC members. Guardian participation is required. Pre- registration is suggested as seats and supplies are limited.

Star Wars Workshop

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Calling all Star Wars fans – Child Creativity Lab Depot is hosting a Star Wars-Themed Workshop!

The Force Awakens…at the Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse. Join in the fun and make your own Star Wars models out of reclaimed materials on MLK Day – Monday, January 18 from 10:30am – 12:00pm! This event is best suited for kids ages 10 years and older only!

You must RSVP quick as this event will fill up quick! Please email: with your child’s name and age.

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Child Creativity Lab opened its Depot for Creative Reuse in September of 2015. This makerspace puts reduce, reuse and recycle to work! They offer an eclectic variety of STEM-based workshops for children, teens, and educators that are hands-on, purposeful, and yet fun, engaging, and similar in excitement level and entertainment value of jump houses and other “pure-play” amusement centers.

  • When: Monday, January 18, 2016 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse, 1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, #906
    Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Cost: $10.00 per child

Museums Free-for-All Day

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In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums announces the 11th Annual Museums Free-for-All Day.

On Saturday January 30, 2016c. Over twenty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

We are thrilled that museums in Southern California are able to offer the Museums Free-for-All Day for the 11th year in a row,” comments Alex Capriotti, SoCal Museums President and The Broad’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “We hope that visitors take advantage of this day by going to a museum they have always wanted to see or by revisiting an old favorite.

The event also hopes to raise awareness of free visitor days available year-round at museums across Southern California.

MuseumsfreeinfoThe calendar above of free days can be found on the SoCal Museums’s website at

Museums Free-for-All has partnered with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro bus or rail. Visit to learn about discounts at participating museum destinations.

This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. For more information, visit Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information. Note that four institutions are offering free admission on Sunday, January 31 instead as part of Museums Free-for-All.

2016 Participating Museums

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Armory Space for Photography
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • The Getty
  • The Getty Villa – Timed tickets are required. Visit
  • Hammer Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre
  • LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served
  • Sunnylands
  • Torrance Art Museum
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum
  • William S. Hart Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All

Family Tidepool Walk


If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids during this holiday break try the Family Time Tidepool Walk at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

CMA’s Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin tidepools. You’ll attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then go on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by adults.


If you’ve never visited this awesome aquarium – you must!!! This place is absolutely great. Not only does it have all of the fantastic aquariums, sea life and touch tanks but it also has a hands on Exploration Center and Aquatic Nursery and a Library.

  • When: The Family Time Tide pool Walk takes place Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.  The Aquarium is open Tuesday through Friday – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The aquarium is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Where: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: Admission is donation based, suggested donation is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and seniors. Parking is $1.00 per hour.

Kidspace Snow Days

kidspace snow daysLooking for a way to take your kids to snow without going to the mountains? Break out your mittens, boots, and snow hat for a day of winter wonderland fun!

Play in real snow, build a snow family, perfect your snowball making skills, and make snow angels at Kidspace Museum in Pasadena.

In addition to  a full days worth of playing in the the snow, the kids can look foward to the these snow and winter themed activities throughout Kidspace:

Snow Play – All-ages and Toddler Zone During Open hours Free with admission
Cookie Decorating 11:00am – 3:00pm $3
Seedlings Give-away During open hours in the Kidspace Gardens

(while supplies last)

Free with admission
Snow Flakes Craft During open hours at Flutterby’s Art Center Free with admission
The Smells of Winter Open – 4:45pm Free with admission
“Wish-teria”- Holiday Wishes on

Kidspace’s Wisteria

During open hours under the Wisteria Pergola Free with admission
Arctic Animals During open hours in the Nature Exchange Free with admission
Snow in LA with Kidspace Educators 10:30am & 3:00pm Free with admission
Weeble Wobble Penguins One hour after opening – 4pm in Imagination Workshop Free with admission
Weather Station During open hours at the Gazebo Free with admission
Snow/Winter Themed Activities for Ages 3 and Under Story Time – 11:15am & 4:15pm (ECLC)

Messy Winter Art – 1:15pm – 1:45pm (Kirby’s Kid’s Corner)

Winter Wonder Box – 2:15pm – 2:45pm (ECLC)

Free with admission


KidspaceSnow Days

  • When: Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, Decemeber. 27, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Monday, December 28 through Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum,  480 North Arroyo Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: Adults & Children: $11.00, Infants (under age 1): FREE