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 […]


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 […]


Hobnobbing with Helen at “Night at the Museum”

Hobnobbing with Helen BY HELEN ANN THOMAS Remember the days when the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum featured a big tank with a small shark and other marine life? Remember the snake (not my favorite) and some lizards and iguanas (which I miss)? The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, under the direction of Executive Director […]


Wish fulfillment: Nonprofits throughout the county reveal what they need to continue providing their valuable services

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM Watching the fluffy, feather-like puffs of a dandelion cloud wander over grass is like releasing your wishes into the wind behind the power of belief—and probably some crossed fingers—followed by thoughts of “Please, please, please!” Every year we give our local charity organizations a chance to release their wish lists into the […]


Gifts from the heart: For last-minute shoppers there is still time to find a heartfelt, handmade present

BY JOE PAYNE It’s not a pleasant feeling, when December rolls around and you still haven’t made a single holiday gift purchase. It’s a fear that hits you right in the gut, like too much fruitcake. But don’t give up hope just yet, because the Sun has brought you once again the annual Last Minute […]


Hobnobbing with Helen: A Night at the Museum

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS Wow! What a cool thing to do. I’m not talking about the mermaid with a purple whatever, perched on a platform, or the medley of exquisite mini-desserts and the made-onsite beignets from Chef Rick. (Well, to be fair, these were all cool, too.) I’m talking about the science exhibits at the […]


Best Museum/Learning Center by Santa Maria Sun Readers!

Santa Barbara County is not wanting for fantastic museums, bit it’s the county’s only children’s museum, the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, that beat out all the others for the top spot.  It’s because the museum serves as a backbone of the Santa Maria Valley and the surrounding areas, namely families, that the museum is […]


Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum gets a new mural with help from The Art Fund, collaborators and volunteers

BY JOE PAYNE A crowd of excited art students and their families joined coordinators and volunteers to unveil the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s new mural on the morning of June 6. The long, high wall at the Discovery Museum displayed the efforts of 20 art students from the Santa Maria Valley’s four public high […]


The Discovery Museum welcomes families to the Kite Festival

By Joe Payne Santa Maria’s gusty winds usually results in bent palm trees and the occasional downed eucalyptus, but the powerful currents that sweep across the flat valley also inspired the beginning of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s Free Family Kite Festival six years ago. The annual event brings local families, organizations, businesses, and […]

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