• 13,000 Square feet of hands-on exhibits and daily programs for kids
    13,000 Square feet of hands-on exhibits and daily programs for kids
  • 13,000 Square feet of hands-on exhibits and daily programs for kids

NASA astronaut shares about life in space at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

By Gina Kim Community members met a real-life NASA astronaut at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Thursday, when they heard about his five-month mission to outer space in 2017. Both parents and children listened intently to Col. Jack Fischer, Air Force command pilot and astronaut, who served as engineer aboard the International Space […]

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Astronaut Jack Fischer visits Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

Col. Jack Fischer, a NASA astronaut, visited with families at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Wednesday. Fischer talked to the kids about the experience of space travel, plus what it was like to live on the International Space Station for six months and take part in spacewalks. Fischer has more than 3,000 flight […]

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NASA tour stops at Discovery Museum ahead of InSight lander launch

As excitement and anticipation build for Saturday’s historic launch of the Mars InSight Lander, children from the Santa Maria Valley and beyond had the chance Wednesday morning to learn from the scientists and engineers directly involved in making it possible. Stopping at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museumas part of NASA’s Mars InSight Roadshow, a multi-stop tour of California cities, members of InSight’s […]

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Mars InSight Roadshow arrives in Santa Maria

NASA’s InSight Mars Mission Team has made its arrival to the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in its last trip before heading to Vandenberg for the main event. For complete story go to: http://www.ksby.com/story/38101746/nasa-team-talks-upcoming-mars-mission-in-santa-maria

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New Discovery Museum Maker Lab opening to public during Makerspace Weekend

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has a sweet deal for a young, creative soul who enjoys working with children: a paid internship at its brand-new Discovery Maker Lab. “We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about making,” Discovery Museum Program Director Amy Blasco said. The museum’s Creation Station has been central to the facility since moving […]

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In Countdown to Launch, NASA and JPL Go All Out on Mars InSight Education and Events

Saturday’s blastoff to be preceded by week of out-of-this-world exhibits and presentations, including screenings of War of the Worlds and Mars Attacks! An artist’s rendering depicts the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. InSight is a lander designed to give Mars its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. (Hewlett-Packard Co. rendering) A Mars […]

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Second Phase of Space Exhibit Touches Down at Santa Maria Discovery Museum

Vandenberg Launch Experience lets children get hands-on with rocket launches Chris Slaughter, executive director of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, talks about the Vandenberg Launch Experience exhibit during a ceremony Monday celebrating the completion of the project’s second phase. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo) The second phase of an exhibit to give children — […]

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Interactive launch exhibit opens at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

By Janae Sargent Officials unveiled the Vandenberg Launch Experience simulator at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Monday Night. The interactive exhibit has been a project in the works for more than two years. It is designed to get children excited about space and entering the STEM field. “We want to spark imaginations and create […]

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We have liftoff: Santa Maria Discovery Museum launches phase two of Vandenberg Launch Experience

A new partnership between the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base will allow children and families across the Central Coast to explore the fascinating world of aerospace science. Phase two of the Vandenberg Launch Experience — a hands-on, state-of-the-art simulation of the rocket launch process — was […]

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Free Family Kite Festival at Rotary Centennial Park

Thousands of people packed Rotary Centennial Park, and hundreds of kites filled the sky overhead at the 9th Annual Free Family Kite Festival. Vendor booths, great food, face painting, and the music of ‘Birdie’ also entertained attendees enjoying a beautiful Santa Maria Sunday in the park. Enjoy photos from the 9th Annual Free Family Kite […]

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2018 Free Family Kite Festival: Santa Maria Times Video

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Ninth annual Family Kite Festival planned for Sunday at Rotary Centennial Park in Santa Maria

The ninth annual free Family Kite Festival presented by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce will take place Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 South College Drive, in Santa Maria. The event will feature kite-flying demonstrations, contests, vendors, food and music by […]

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