20 Spring Break Spots That Are Worth the Drive

2019/03/28 Kate Loweth, Red Tricycle You don’t have to jet off somewhere warm to make your spring break a memorable one. Spend some time exploring all that California has to offer just a short drive from the Bay Area. We’ve gathered up some of our faves for you—pick one and leave the planning to us! […]

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Arts Beat: Santa Maria children’s museum aims to put the A in STEAM

By TYLER PRATT • FEB 3, 2019 Listen to this article  Many have lamented the disappearance of the arts from public school curriculums. Over the past few decades, there’s been an emphasis on STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. But one local institution encourages turning STEM to STEAM by including the arts. Laura-Susan Thomas is an art teacher and […]

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Children enjoy Noon Year’s Eve celebrations in SLO, Santa Maria

By KSBY Staff Children on the Central Coast are getting in on the New Year’s Eve fun a little early. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is hosting its annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and includes 2019 capsule making and other art, cookies and […]

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Discovery Museum Marks New Year with Noon Celebration in Santa Maria

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor December 31, 2018 Paper plates became noisemakers and tiny pompoms found many uses as hundreds of children — and adults — readied to ring in the new year at noon Monday. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted its annual Noon Year’s Eve party where the merriment was high although the […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum gets festive for the holiday season

Gina Kim gkim@leecentralcoastnews.com Dec 15, 2018 Updated Dec 16, 2018 Creating crafts from bicycle parts, going on a sweet treat scavenger hunt, singing Christmas carols and visiting Santa are among the creative ways the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has invited the community to get into the holiday spirit this month. The [Holidays at the Discovery Museum […]

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Central Coast celebrates InSight landing on Mars

Melissa Newman November 26, 2018 Monday was a day of excitement for people of all ages. Kids and adults across the Central Coast packed into viewing parties to watch the InSight spacecraft land on Mars. “Going back in time when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, I was watching it on television in Beirut, Lebanon. […]

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‘A very good day’: InSight landing celebrated during Hancock College viewing party

Mathew Burciaga mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com Nov 26, 2018 Updated 18 hrs ago For seven minutes late Monday morning, a crowd of more than 150 onlookers sat at Hancock College’s Marian Theater in silence, waiting to hear a beep from a spacecraft nearly 100 million miles from Earth. With all eyes on a screen placed at the center of the […]

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18th Annual Best of Northern Santa Barbara County

Best Learning Center/Museum Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum 705 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria Three, two, one, blast off! The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s newest exhibit is all about space, and Executive Director Nancy Gastelum said the museum’s partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base has really brought the vision to life.  “I think the […]

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HOBNOB: Mid-Summer melange

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS It was Monday, July 2, at 4 p.m. There were tempting appetizers from Moxie Café, respectable wines for imbibing, and a group of groovy guests, not to mention an awesome venue–the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. Yet this was my saddest hobnobbing experience ever. About 100 folks gathered to bid farewell […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Notes New Beginnings

Executive Director Chris Slaughter set to leave, Nancy Gastelum hired as new leader By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully | July 3, 2018 | 2:46 p.m. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is celebrating new beginnings by bidding farewell to executive director Chris Slaughter and welcoming her replacement, a familiar face in the community. […]

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Summer offers chance for businesses to target youth

Jennifer Best Contributing Writer  May 27, 2018  Santa Maria Valley is home to a growing list of summer programs catering to the tens of thousands of local youth who live here. While public, private and non-profit organizations strive to meet the needs of the community, there’s still room for expansion. “There’s definitely a need and a […]

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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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