Bubblefest XIX at Discovery Cube OC

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Our family was lucky enough to be invited to attend Bubblefest 2015 at Discovery Cube complimentary to share our experience with you. 
Bubblefest 2015

What an event!  I am excited to share about my family’s experience at Discovery Cube OC’s Bubblefest XIX – their amazing annual spring bubble extravaganza that features everything bubbles, now through April 12th, 2015.

Not only do bubbles bring total delight to kids of all ages, I found that my kiddos were actually learning about some of the science behind bubbles (which was an added bonus)!

There are lots of bubble events and activities to see and do. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect…

The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show

This is a must-see show!  We found it to be the highlight of the event.  Get ready to be blown away with the “Bubble Scientist,” Deni Yang, and his world-famous “Mega Bubble Show!”  We learned that Deni travels all over the world performing his bubble show, and actually holds two World Records in bubble-making.  Pretty cool.

My hubby and I were secretly wondering just how many different bubble tricks could really take place in 45 minutes – and let me tell you – A LOT.  It seemed like parents and kids alike were all oohing and ahhing over the bubbles, lasers, music, lights, and special effects – a professional show worthy of any family-friendly Las Vegas spectacle.  It featured exciting tricks like smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, human-sized bubbles, and more.

Mega Bubblefest Laser Show_2

My favorite bubble sequence was when Deni crated an underwater bubble and laser masterpiece, where the audience really felt like they were floating and swimming in bubbles under the sea.

My kids loved the “snow” show where thousands of bubbles were released, making it appear as though we were playing in the snow.  You could hear squeals of pure delight and giggling from all areas in the theater.

Speaking of the theater, it is a newly renovated 10,000 sq. ft. gorgeous venue space that is a first-of-its-kind in the museum world, with the ability to transform from a world-class exhibit hall to a 500 seat theater.

Mega Bubblefest Laser Show Times:

9:30 a.m.*, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

*Member show – Members, get your tickets for the 9:30 am show for just $4!

Check Out These Fun Outside Attractions

Bubble Spheres

You can climb inside a giant bubble sphere and see what happens if you try to walk, crawl, sit, or lay down. My little Nathan was in heaven!

Bubble Spheres

“Me” In A Bubble

‘POP’ a pose inside a giant bubble and have your photo taken – the kids thought this was hilarious.

Me in a Bubble

Hexagon Bubbles

Kids can practice making different shaped bubbles with this interactive exhibit.

Giant Bubble Making

Bubble Wall

You can learn how heat and dryness affect bubbles and try to put your hand through a bubble wall without it popping.

CO2 Chamber

Kiddos can blow bubbles through a chamber of carbon dioxide and see if their bubble floats or sinks through the CO2. Keep an eye on the bubble to see if any changes occur!

Flow Patterns

You can learn about fluid dynamics and flow patterns by placing different types of objects in flowing water. Try turning the objects and using different angles to see how the flow patterns change.

Cube Jr. 5 & Under Bubble Zone

Bubble enthusiasts can create giant bubbles and learn colors and shapes in this 5 & under Bubble Zone. Perfect for littles.

Food Options

A variety of yummy food trucks will be available daily during Bubblefest for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, 5% of all food truck purchases will be donated to the Cube!

The Details:

Bubblefest is an additional charge of $5 for members and $7 for non-members on top of general admission to Discovery Cube OC.  General admission prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95).

Children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket.

Your Bubblefest admission fee will cover the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, water spheres, and all outdoor activities.

Need Directions?

Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA  92705

For directions and parking information, click here.

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Da da Dora…da da Dora…da da Dora…da da Dora..get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at Discovery Science Center (DSC) in the new traveling exhibit Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! Plus, enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to take your family in this DSC giveaway below!

The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler as they learn and play along.

My girls have been Dora-obsessed for years.  No joke, I might have seen every single episode. And I have to admit, I don’t totally get her magical appeal.

What is it Dora? The catchy tunes? Your ample head and angular bob? That sneaky fox? I am not totally sure, but whatever it is, your pint-sized fans are going to go crazy for this fun exhibit which will be on display now through May 6, 2012.

Click HERE for pictures and descriptions of the many interactive exhibit areas and join DSC on 2/11 and 2/12 to meet Dora and take your photo with her and partake in a special Dance Along with Dora at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm (times subject to change.)

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive four general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center!

To enter, please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each entry option!

1. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges  – Under main nav bar up top. Enter email, then confirm subscription and head back here to tell me you are a subscriber! BTW, your emails are private and safe and you will get an email anytime there is a new post. If you find it annoying, unsubscribe anytime! – 1 ENTRY

2. Fans of Tiny Oranges and Discovery Science Center on Facebook get automatic entries so let us know if you “like” us and leave a separate comment for each! – up to 2 ENTRIES

3. Follow @TinyOrangesOC and @DiscoveryCube on Twitter – up to 2 ENTRIES (leave two separate comments if you follow both of us.)

4. Tweet up to once per day, “I just entered to win 4 tickets to take my family to @DiscoveryCube today on @TinyOrangesOC! http://wp.me/p1MmcT-2Hw

5. Simply comment and tell me what you think it is about Dora and Diego that makes kids love them so much! – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through Friday, 2/17/12 at 5pm PST. Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email so make sure to leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published.)

GOOD LUCK & Happy Weekend!

[Disclosure: Discovery Science Center is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and all images above provided by DSC. I also received complimentary tickets to take my family to see this exhibit a few weeks ago. Kiddos LOVED it!]

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Bugs and insects of all shapes and sizes are creeping their way in, on and around Discovery Science Center starting Saturday, October 1 and I have a giveaway today for 4 tickets to take your family so make sure to enter below!

I went last year to this fabulous exhibit and it is one creepy crawly good time for the family! Everyday during this exhibit you will able to experience hands-on exhibits and learning stations, venture through a Spooky Science 4-D maze and embark on an interactive Bug Invasion scavenger hunt.

Kids will be amazed to see horned beetles, a walking stick bug, praying mantis and deadly locust towering over them at 1,000 times their actual size and can check out the bug kiosk featuring real centipedes, millipedes, Madagascar cockroaches and more, along with a world renowned pinned specimen collection from the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles.  Very cool!

As a special treat, on weekends during the month of October guests are invited to decorate your own pumpkin to take home, check out a Special Grasshopper Identification learning station and kids can wear their costumes for a kids’ costume parade!

On weekends, you can also see Dr. Sue’s Traveling Insect Zoo and her praying mantis, tarantulas and glowing scorpions along with Thor’s Reptile Stage Show starring a Yellow Monitor Lizard, Boa Constrictor and Rhinoceros Iguana!

Click here for the program schedule and weekend times for the above activities.

Tickets are $17.95 for adults (online special price of $12.95) and $12.95 for children ages 3 -14.  Click here to buy tickets.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a family 4-pack of general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center!

Contest runs through Monday, 10/03/11 at 5pm PST.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry option and make sure to enter your email address (won’t be published) so I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.

1. Simply comment below and tell me what bug your kids love! – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Discovery Science Center on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

4. Follow @DiscoveryCube on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

6. Subscribe to my email updates – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

[Disclosure: Discovery Science Center is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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Bubblefest is back baby and I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away to one lucky family so make sure to enter below!

If you have kids in Orange County, this show is something you have to experience because I have yet to meet a child that didn’t LOVE bubbles!  Even the adults will be sitting there with wide eyes saying, “how do they do that?!”

Bubblefest XV runs at Discovery Science Center April 2nd – 24th, 2011 with Daily Mega Bubble Showtimes. It is recommended you arrive and check in at least 30 minutes prior to your desired show.

Click here for all the show times and information.

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will win a Discovery Science Center Family 4-pack which include general admission + tickets to the Bubblefest show.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1. Leave a comment and tell me:  If you have been before, what is your favorite thing to do at Discovery Science Center?  If you haven’t been, what are you looking forward to exploring with your kids?  – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Discovery Science Center on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @discoverycube on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through 5pm PST on 04/05/11.  Please enter your email address in your entry so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner!

Good luck!

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Back by popular demand, Sesame Street Presents: The Body makes a reappearance at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center January 29 to May 1, 2011. If your kids go crazy for Elmo, this is ONE exhibit you won’t want to miss!

The Body promotes active living and a healthy lifestyle through interactive exhibits offering an engaging, free-flowing learning experience set in the fun, familiar and reassuring world of Sesame Street.

The loveable Sesame Street Muppets anchor an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive and multimedia experiences that allow children to explore the human body and how to keep it healthy.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

To celebrate the opening of the event, Discovery Science Center is celebrating Elmo on his 3rd birthday, February 3 with a PRIVATE, after hours, VIP birthday bash and I excited to be able to offer a family 4-pack of tickets to TWO families!

At the event, the winners and their families will enjoy VIP access to the Sesame Street Presents: The Body exhibit and a special visit with Elmo!

Sensitive Sweets , an amazing Orange County custom cake and cupcake company, will also be there with a VERY special birthday cake for Elmo – a cake any child even with food allergies can enjoy as it is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free AND nut-free! 

When: February 3, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Discovery Science Center, 2400 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

To enter, please do the following and leave a separate comment for each entry option.  Please also leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.  Contest runs through Wednesday, 1/19/11 at 5pm PST.  I will post the winners on my Facebook page Wednesday night.

1. Simply comment below and tell me your child’s favorite Sesame Street character – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Discovery Science Center on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

4. Follow @DiscoveryCube on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

6. Join the Tiny Oranges Team to participate in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on 5/1/11 and raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun while doing it!  Click “Join Our Team” at the top of this LINK.  Then tell me you are on our team! – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK! AND HAPPY FRIDAY!

{Disclosure: Discovery Science Center is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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