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The following article was posted on April 16th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 6 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 6

Discovery Corner: Hunt for Easter eggs at the museum

BY CHRIS SLAUGHTER

The winds of spring were blowing strong in Santa Maria on Sunday, April 13, just in time for our fifth annual Discovery Museum Family Kite Festival. The skies of Rotary Centennial Park were full of hundreds of kites, and 2,000 children and their families enjoyed a fantastic free event thanks to the support of the People for Leisure and Youth (PLAY), the city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, and generous companies like Rancho Harvest and Coca-Cola.

It literally takes your breath away to see all of those colorful kites moving in harmony so high above the park. From butterflies to sharks to small hand-made kites, it was a memorable sight to behold. And looking over the crowd of all ages, from babies to grandparents, families were working and playing together with a hands-on, fun activity that brought big smiles, laughter, and the kind of quality time you don’t forget. It was a poignant reminder of how little time we spend doing these kind of important family activities, even though our parks are available every day of the week. So don’t wait for next year’s event—grab a kite and a picnic lunch and head out to make great family memories sometime again soon!

The Discovery Museum is another place to make fun family memories any Tuesday through Sunday. We encourage you to take advantage of our 10,000 square feet of hands-on educational exhibit space, and get into the spirit of learning with your children. On Friday, April 18, at 11 am, WonHeart founder and musician Joelyn Lutz will be at the museum to teach self-confidence, empathy, and compassion though singing and engaging interaction. WonHeart brings people together to “Dream a Dream Bigger than Ourselves.” The group is working with the community to create peacemakers and help prevent bullying in schools, and we are glad to have them join us at the museum to share their mission through music.

On Saturday, April 19, we are celebrating Easter at the Discovery Museum with an Easter egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. sharp. One hundred eggs stuffed with non-candy treats will be hidden throughout the museum, and one golden egg will hold a free family membership.

The museum is usually open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4, but we’ll be closed Sunday, April 20, for Easter. Come visit soon! m

 

Chris Slaughter, 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 discoverycorner@santamariasun.com.