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The makings of a magical children's tea party

We are excited to be in the throes of planning a children’s tea party with our fabulous sponsor Moo La La Boutique! Our Tea La La party is Thursday, March 7, 5:30 to 6:15, during our twilight hours at the museum. There’s no charge for the children for this event. Our twilight hours run 5:30 to 7 p.m. Prior to 5:30 p.m., general admission applies.

In planning your own tea party, there are a few things to keep in mind. The number of kids, their ages, their interests, and the duration of the party all come into play.

Let’s say you decide on a Pirate Tea Party: You can have the kids make pirate hats and decorate them, have a scavenger hunt, and get a great pirate-themed piñata.

If you have a little princess or fairy lover, make wings, dress up in fairy costumes, have a fairy bubble blowing contest, and play pin the wings on the fairy. See? Just think about your theme, and you’re sure to come up with tons of ideas.

Our theme for the month of March at the museum is “enchantment and make believe!” How fun is that? We’ll be ready for creative and amazing fun for this theme.

Part of what makes a tea party special is its magic: tables with colored juice or punch for tea, the kids pouring their own selections out of teapots, and the games. The social interaction and chatter is a very important part of building communication skill and confidence.

Be ready for a bit of a mess, though! You will have a teapot spill, food in places other than where it supposed to be, and more. What matters most is that the kids will have a great time. If you live in an apartment or have no grass, a local park is a great place for your tea party. Just remember to bring lots of garbage bags to clean up the mess.

Our Tea La La event will also include a brief and fun teaching time on etiquette and the origin of tea! We hope to see you for this fun and social event.

Karen Ortiz May, executive director of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, wrote this week’s Discovery Corner, a weekly column in the Sun highlighting events, science activities, and more for the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum at 705 S. McClelland in Santa Maria. Send comments to

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