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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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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GALLERY: Happy Noon Year at Discovery Museum

Kids and their parents enjoyed apple cider and cookies as they decorated party hats and noisemakers for the count down to noon on an early celebration of 2018, at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Sunday. View full image gallery at www.santamariatimes.com.

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Kids, parents ring in the “Noon Year”

By KSBY Staff About 50 eager kids and parents got a head start on celebrating the New Year. They went to the Discovery Museum in Santa Maria to celebrate the New Year early and instead ring in the “Noon Year” at 12:00 p.m. The museum showed a scene from the movie Madagascar that led the crowd […]

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Kids Ring in ‘Noon Year’ at Santa Maria Discovery Museum

Annual event lets children noisily celebrate New Year’s without staying up late By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully | December 31, 2017 | 5:45 p.m. Equipped with their recently-assembled noisemakers, youths enthusiastically rang in the new year with a noontime celebration at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Sunday. Approximately 200 people filled the Santa Maria museum […]

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Allan Hancock College joins the Santa Maria Public Library and Discovery Museum to provide free makerspace projects

BY KASEY BUBNASH Creativity is not bound by age, race, or socio-economic background at Allan Hancock College, the Santa Maria Public Library, and the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, where free events called “makerspaces” give all locals the opportunity to learn new skills through making. From simple arts and crafts projects to computer coding and […]

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Hobnobbing with Helen: Night at the Museum

A night at the museum A dark and glossy Dark Trooper from Star Wars stood out in the crowd of more than 100 at the Discovery Museum’s annual fundraiser, A Night at the Museum, on Saturday evening, Sept. 23. The event combined an emphasis on science and technology with food, wine, and beer. The live […]

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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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