Category: STEM/STEAM

Twilight Nights

kidspaceThis Summer, experience Kidspace after-hours! Each month Kidspace Museum offers “Twilight Night” with a special theme for families to arrive in costume, take part in unique activities, and enjoy a performance.

This summer “Twilight Night” evening series has a $7 general admission, and is free for Kidspace Members, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for the scheduled dates below.

June 2015 Friday, June 12th – Super Powers & Sci-Fi QuestCalling all super heroes and sci-fi fanatics, join us in an out of this world Twilight experience. Create super hero masks and capes, design a “franken-toy” in our Twilight Zone, and launch a rocket! Come dressed in your favorite super hero, sci-fi or space costume, and participate in the Space Parade.
July 2015 Friday, July 10th – Hooray for HollywoodIt’s a night of Hollywood Glamour and Movie Magic! Dress like your favorite movie star or character. Watch animated shorts and enjoy popcorn. There will be storyboard making and a Foley station in the Imagination Workshop. Then enjoy an interactive improv show.
August 2015 Friday, August 14th – Aloha Summer LuauClose out the summer with a Kidspace Luau! Make your own Hawaiian style tiki statue or totems. Create a mini volcano in the Imagination Workshop, and learn about volcanic rock in the Nature Exchange. Don’t forget to dress in your favorite Hawaiian themed clothing. If you don’t have a lei, not to worry, we’ll be making them! Also enjoy a special dance performace.


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  • When: Friday, June 12, 2015, Friday July 10th, 2015 and Friday, August 14th, 2105 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: $7.00 general admission, members are free

Please Note: Twilight Nights have a separate admission from that day’s regular operating hours. The museum will close briefly at 5:00 pm and reopen for the special event. Admission passes and coupons will not be accepted during Twilight Nights.


FREE Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps

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It’s time to sign your kids up for the Free Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps. Kids ages 8 and older get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their creativity and imagination. My daugther attended last year and learned so much.

This summer’s four camps are all-new, with two designed for coding beginners and two for intermediates looking to take their skills to the next level with Project Spark, Kodu, and TouchDevelop, and more.

YouthSpark Summer Camps:

    • Smart Game Coding (Beginner, ages 8 to 11)

    • Smart Game Design (Beginner, ages 8 to 11)

    • Smart Game Coding (Intermediate, ages 11 and older)

    • Smart Game Design (Intermediate, ages 11 and older) 

Each camp run four consecutive days, and last two hours per day. Parents/guardians are are to remain in the store during each day of camp.   

Click on your state to locate your local store and register for the YouthSpark Summer Camps of your choice. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible as classes fill up quickly:              


Voyage to Mars


Take a Voyage to Mars at the Columbia Memorial Space Center – Challenger Learning Center, tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This immersive experience takes participants on a journey unlike any other. By taking on tasks and responsibilities similar to that of NASA’s Mission Controllers and Astronauts, you become an important team member on this “Voyage to Mars”!!

Are you willing to take the challenge of exploring the vastness of space and worlds beyond our Earth? With groups like Virgin Galactic and Mars One working to extend human’s reach in space, now is your chance to get a glimpse into what lies in the future for humankind. Like Columbus landing on the New World, you too can voyage and explore the unfamiliar lands of the Red Planet.

  • When: Saturday, May 30, 2015 from from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: $12 per person (FREE for CMSC Members!)
  • Ages: 10+ (Children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult)

Pre-payment and pre-registration is REQUIRED, as seats are limited. Call (562) 231-1200 to reserve your spot, or register online.


Free Family Night at Kidspace


It’s “Free Family Night” at Kidspace Museum on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

The June Free Family Night is devoted to theater. Create theater masks at Flutterby’s Art Center and finger puppet mini movies in Imagination Workshop. Enjoy an improv performance and workshop in the Amphitheater at 5:00 pm and a special theatrical performance at 6:00 pm.

Free Family Night is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Michael J. Connell Foundation, and the City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission. Admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

  • When: Tuesday, June 2, 2105 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Where:Kidspace Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: Admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, performances begin at 6:00 pm.

Kidspace is located near the Rose Bowl stadium in Brookside Park. Free parking  is available in the northwest end of parking Lot I, walk up the Brookside Park path to the white building on the left. That’s Kidspace!


Groovy Single Box Trio

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Just in time for Summer, Groovey Lab in a Box presents the Groovey Single Trio Box is here!

There is nothing like your kid receiving their Groovy Lab in a Box in the mail. Groovey Lab in a Box is guaranteed to eliminate summer boredom and continue your child’s learning throughout the summer. Groovey Lab in a Box offers:

  • Emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

  • Extended learning through an exclusive online portal

  • Groovey education for groovy kids ages 8 and up

You can save an additional $10 on the single box trio delivered straight to your door with free shipping! Place your order, enter the code GROOVYSUMMER and get ready to have the grooviest summer ever!


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Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThe third Sunday of every month is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

  • Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 
  • When: Sunday, May 17, 2105
  • Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost: Free*

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

*Gently used book donations to the little free library are encouraged.
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This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.


Young Authors’ Faire

Young Authors' Faire“Celebrate Your Story” at The 14th Annual Young Authors’ Faire on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Young Authors’ Faire is a community literacy showcase celebration for students that include opportunities to engage in hands on activities, learn about literacy programs, meet authors, illustrators, storytellers and more.

This is the second year that we are partnering with the Orange County Public Libraries at three regional locations, including: Aiso Viejo, La Habra, and Tustin.

Each Location has an afternoon of fun activities and performances scheduled:

Aliso Viejo Preformers include: Cowboy Ken  DreamShapers, Author: Anna Hayes, and activities by Chuck Jones Center for CreativityZaner-BloserLakeshore Learning

La Habra performers include: Ina Buckner BarnetteDreamShapers, Author: Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit! & The Day the Crayons Came Home)  and activities by RIFSoCalDiscovery Cube Orange CountyLakeshore LearningTJ Ticket, Ticket to ReadVoyager Sopris LearningRead ConmigoLa Habra Girl Scouts

Tustin Performers include: Illustator Joe CepedaMichael McCarty,  Dreamshapers and activities by Orange County Children’s Book FestivalKids Talk RadioOccupy Mars Learning AdventureRIF SoCalPBS SoCalLakeshore LearningOnce Upon a StorybookInside the OutdoorsIrvine Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast



Creativity Station

Imagine Celebration Creativity Station

The Child Creativity Lab offers an array of guided and self-directed creative development stations and exhibits. These hands-on activities emphasize problem-solving skills and innovation. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Come create, experiment and learn as you design self-portraits out of reclaimed and repurposed materials in Creative Reuse Selfies. Develop imagination and problem solving skills with craft materials in Popping the Creativity Can, or upcycle wine corks into unique projects in Corks for Creativity. All workshops are available until supplies run out.

  • When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: OC Great Park, Artists Studios | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Young Explorers Academy

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 The Young Explorers Academy at Columbia Memorial Space Center  is for children ages 3-6. They will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics.

Bring your young explorer on the first Saturday of every month for the Young Explorers Academy! May’s theme is “Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids”,

Have you ever wondered what comets, meteors, and asteroids are made of? Or what the difference is between these three types of space debris? Come examine the characteristics that make these three unique and where they originated.

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • 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.

Ways to Register:

– Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

– Online through ActiveNet

– In-person


Rocket Launch!

RocketLaunchJoin Discovery Cube for a FREE family event at The Boeing Company for our annual Rocket Launch! This hands-on day is full of activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own rocket!

  • Build your own rocket from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle at home or on-site (please bring your own bottle).
  • Design and attach a parachute. The payload with the longest “hang time” in the air wins!
  • Bring your own chairs and sunscreen (no pop-ups or large umbrellas please).
  • Indulge in Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks.
  • Meet astronaut Yvonne Darlene Cagle, M.D. and take your photo with her!

  • When: Saturday, May 9, 2105 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE

CLICK HERE to register now! 

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Full STEAM ahead!


Are you ready to go Full STEAM ahead? I know I already posted about Imaginology but I have to say that I more than just a little excited about attending this event with my girls and I don’t want you to miss it. Imaginology starts Friday, April 24th at the OC Fair Grounds and runs through Sunday, April 26th.

Imaginology is three days worth of FREE family fun filled with competitions, educational activities, exhibits and entertainment all focused on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). In addition you’ll get to tour Centennial Farm & learn about agriculture and farm animals

  • Watch milking and oxen team demonstrations
  • Take a FREE tractor pulled wagon ride
  • Experience the Bug Barn
  • See a real worm farm
  • Plant seeds and make terrariums
  • Pet baby chicks and petting zoo animals
  • Play farmer in the Pretend Farm
  • Learn leather-stamping

Here’s a sample of some of the hands on STEAM activities to look forward to:

  • AIAA OC Rocketry will show kids why rockets fly and have kids build and launch a paper rocket
  • ENC – Environmental Nature Center will be present on Friday with a live snake and other animal artifacts
  • ExplorOcean will have underwater robots
  • Girls Inc. will provide a structural engineering activity
  • Ocean Institute – will be there to design and build a model bathyscaphe and to observe the principles of buoyancy in the ocean.

Exhibitors and demonstrators are scheduled frm all over Orange County. Plus there will be gourmet food trucks, inflatable amusements, bubble rollers, free tractor rides, workshops, scavenger hunts and plenty of hands on activities.

There is also an Academic Chess Tournament of Champions scheduled for Saturday, April 25th from 1 pm-4 pm. Check in starts at noon. If you would to get more information or register, click here.

  • Imaginology is open Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Admission is FREE and most hands-on activities are included.

  • Parking is free on Friday,  $7.00 on Saturday and Sunday

  • The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.


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This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking people around the world to share pictures and videos on social media that show there is no there’s #NoPlaceLikeHome.

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park

Share a picture of your favorite place on Earth with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favorite place, whether it’s a local park, your vacation spot or Mt. Everest.

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

NASA’s Earth Day #NoPlaceLikeHome project seeks to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet. Participants are invited to post photos and videos that answer a simple question: What is your favorite place on Earth?

ENC - Environmental Nature Center
ENC – Environmental Nature Center

Your images can be shared using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr, just be sure to include the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome – no matter what social media platform you’re posting on. Emojis are optional, but they would love to see <heart><Earth> in timelines everywhere. Invite your friends and family to participate.

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

Change your profile photo to the #NoPlaceLikeHome emoji image to show your support and celebrate the planet that over 7 billion people call home.

Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park

For more information on the #NoPlaceLikeHome project, visit:

#NASA #EarthDay #EarthRightNow #NoPlaceLikeHome


Dinosaur Science

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Bring to kids to discover Dinosaur Science with Richard Wade  at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library.

Richard Wade combines his education in Psychology and Art along with unique props that grabs children attention to help them easily understand scientific ideas.

  • When; Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Rancho Santa Margarita Library, 30902 La Promesa, Rancho Sta Marg, CA 92688
  • Cost: FREE

Robotics Presentation

The Tustin Library proudly presents Mike Senna and his robots, R2-D2 & Wall-E.

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Mike build his first R2-D2 in 2003 because he was looking for a challenge & wanted to bring joy to children. In 2010, he sought a new challenge as he spent 3 years building two fully functional, remote-controlled WALL-Es which were finished in 2013.

Mike’s R2-D2 made more than 100 appearances in its first 4 years, including mostly charity events, such as City of Hope, Make-a-Wish, and Downs Syndrome/Autism fundraisers. His R2-D2 has made hundreds of appearances throughout Southern California, as well as in Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Orlando and Montana. It has appeared on stage several times with Pacific Symphony orchestra and at numerous LEGOLAND Star Wars weekends. R2-D2 has participated in weddings and met numerous celebrities. Mike’s R2-D2 has been filmed for VH1, MTV, Access Hollywood, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on Verizon and Toyota TV commercials. It appeared on the Lucasfilm float in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade, while Mike marched as a stormtrooper. Recently, Mike and R2 have been hired for several events with Disney.

WALL-E has appeared 3 years at Maker Faire Bay Area, where it was filmed by Mythbuster’s This video caught the attention of Yahoo, which later filmed an interview with Mike that appeared on the Yo Show on omg! from Yahoo. The video went viral and brought hundreds of emails from adoring fans around the world. Mike has been interviewed on a live morning ATV program in Bolivia. He has been invited to bring WALL-E around the world on numerous occasions. For now, he is happy to bring WALL-E to CHOC for quarterly visits, Muscular Dystrophy Association events, and many other charity functions.

Mike makes educational presentations to share how he built his creations and to encourage kids to pursue their education.

  • When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Tustin Library – Community Room, 345 E. Main Street, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Saturday Science at CMSC

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 is Saturday Science day at Columbia Memorial Space Center. All guest in attendance on the fourth Saturday of every month get an extra treat of knowledge.

 This month’s Saturday Science falls in line with Earth Day. The them of the month is Earth in Danger. This month they will go over the negative impact that humans have had on our planet and what we can do to make it better.

  • When: Saturday, April 25, 2105, center is open from 10:00am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
  • Access to Saturday Science presentations and activities are included with your regular $5 admission, ages 3 and under are free.