• 20 Years as the only children's museum in Santa Barbara County
    20 Years as the only children's museum in Santa Barbara County
  • 13,000 Square Feet of Learning Fun
    13,000 Square Feet of Learning Fun
  • Hands-on Interactive Exhibits
    Hands-on Interactive Exhibits
  • Weekly Programs
    Weekly Programs
  • Family Events
    Family Events
  • 20 Years as the only children's museum in Santa Barbara County
  • 13,000 Square Feet of Learning Fun
  • Hands-on Interactive Exhibits
  • Weekly Programs
  • Family Events
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Local kids can get professional art instruction at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

BY HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN Have you forgotten what it was like to be a kid? Let me refresh you. There was probably a lot of, “Don’t eat the paste,” “No, you can’t draw on Mommy’s wall,” and, “No glitter allowed on the dining room table!” going on. Instinctively, you knew that making things (with Play-Doh, […]

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Jan. 18, 2017 BY HELEN ANN THOMAS Hold on to your hats, folks. A great new exhibit is coming to the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. The exhibit is designed and intended for children, but I am sure that I’m only one of many adults who will be ready to simulate a rocket launch at the corner […]

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Noon Year’s Eve Celebration Caps Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s 20th Year

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor [Click here for a related Noozhawk photo gallery.] Armed with creatively crafted noisemakers and recently made party hats, children rang in the new year while dancing at noon Saturday in Santa Maria. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted its annual Noon Year’s Eve party, a family celebration […]

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Happy Noon Year: Young and young at heart ring in 2017

Krista Chandler, staff New Year’s Eve is typically a time to reflect on the last year, set goals for the next, stay up until midnight and celebrate with those you love while you count down to the transition. For the young and the elderly of Santa Maria, though, sometimes staying awake until the stroke of […]

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Annual Wish List issue is a resource for those who want to be a star to a service organization in need

This is a excerpt from the Santa Maria Sun‘s annual holiday Wish List issue. See the full article here.  Dear Santa, It’s been a busy year at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum! Thanks to donations from the local community, we’ve installed five new exhibits: Discovery Reading Tree, Discovery Farms Produce Truck, Catching Air, Moxie […]

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Kids Learn to Catch Some Air at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Exhibit

Air Pollution Control District-sponsored exhibit uses floor-to-ceiling pneumatic tubes to teach lessons about the movement of air A young girl waits to catch a yarn ball as air shoots it from the Catching Air exhibit at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo) By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | […]

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Visit with Santa and ring in the New Year at the Discovery Museum this December!

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is the place to go for family-friendly holiday festivities this year! On Sunday, Dec. 18, Santa Claus and his jolly elf, Snowflake, will visit with children from noon to 4 p.m. at Santa’s Discovery Workshop. Guests of all ages can make Christmas and Hanukkah crafts, play games, and sing […]

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‘Catching Air’ launches at the Discovery Museum

SANTA MARIA, Calif. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District invite one and all to come celebrate the launch of the “Catching Air” exhibit at a special Science Saturday at the Museum on December 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon. During […]

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Children experiment with science at Discovery Museum

By Krista Chandler When children and their families showed up at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum for Science Saturday, they probably didn’t expect to get soaked by exploding water and liquid nitrogen, or to freeze hot dogs and marshmallows. Students from Hancock College’s physics department conducted various science experiments with the children Saturday morning […]

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Energy Partners Fund Awards $80,000 to STEM Programs

The Energy Partners Fund, a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, awarded $80,000 to educational programs and organizations focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grants were presented recently at Presqu’ile Winery in Orcutt. The Energy Partners are a diverse mix of oil and gas companies, local businesses and community organizations […]

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