• 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
Roy Reed takes the new Discovery space shuttle exhibit at the Santa Maria Discovery Museum for a test ride on Wednesday night. The exhibit was unveiled at a special reception where officials also announced a new educational partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Unveils Space Shuttle Exhibit

Replica orbiter first part of Vandenberg Launch Experience after educational partnership pact By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor A space shuttle exhibit has landed at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum with an unveiling Wednesday night when officials also revealed a new educational partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base. Military representatives and Discovery Museum […]

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Discovery shuttle exhibit opens at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

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Hancock celebrates Friday Night Science, introduces makerspace program

Krista Chandler kchandler@leecentralcoastnews.com Creating music from bone conduction, smoke ring target practice and an infrared light lounge were just some of the scientific exhibits over 1,500 local children and families were able to experience at Hancock College’s annual Friday Night Science. The free event, held every year to spark young children’s interest in STEM (science, […]

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Makerspace Weekend in Santa Maria encourages kids to create

KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News By KSBY Staff Local children and their families are invited to work together this weekend with “maker” activities. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, Allan Hancock College, and the Santa Maria Public Library have joined forces to create “makerspaces” in the community. A “makerspace” is […]

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Windy weather provides flight for kites at festival

By Selena Alvarado KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News The wind in Santa Maria provided perfect weather for kite fliers. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted their Free Family Kite Festival Sunday afternoon. Kites filled the sky at Rotary Centennial Park. There were professional kite-flying demonstrations, contests, food, vendors, and music. […]

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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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Hobnobbing with Helen

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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