Windy weather provides flight for kites at festival

By Selena Alvarado | 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. […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘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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Discovery Museum’s Moxie Café, Nutrition Expedition launch event promotes healthy lifestyles for children and families

Children of all ages will cook up an assortment of healthy snacks, both imaginary and real, this Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s launch event for its farm-to-table exhibit, the Moxie Café, and the third year of Kohl’s free Nutrition Expedition. This free, family-friendly event, which runs from noon to 4 […]


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 […]

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Learn to rope cattle, line dance and more at the Discovery Museum’s Free Family Day at the Ranch

Santa Maria, Calif. – Aug. 24, 2016 – Central Coast children and their families will get to spend a free “Day at the Ranch” learning to rope cattle, line dance, and more at the Discovery Museum this Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. This free community day is in honor of our founder, […]

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