Family Fun Adventure: Discovery Cube (Orange County, CA)

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Hey Lovelies, this Family Fun Adventure post is coming to you from the Discovery Cube in Orange County, California. Our big boy Azure turned 7 this month

When asking him if there was somewhere special he’d like to go for his birthday, his prompt reply was… ‘Yes! I would like to go to Africa and see cheetahs’ I promised him, one day. Since he is continuing in this ‘Mad About Science’ direction, Hubbs picked out the Discovery Cube as our next family fun adventure

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They had a LEGO travel exhibit while we visited and boy was it a hit with little brother. He literally played happily with DUPLO for at least 1 1/2 hours! We had to work hard to convince him to look at something else after Mom and Dad took shifts watching him here so the others could check out the other displays and activities

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His favorite was making long trains and racing them down a ramp

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Climbing wall and seat pulley to pull yourself up high

Here’s the cost scoop. Adults: $17 Kids 3-14: $13 Under 2 yrs: Free

So yeah, that’s not what our family would consider a cheap outing. However, they have a free day on the first Sunday of the month for Bank Of America cardholders. We thought it was the first full weekend, so went on Sunday the 8th of Feb. Upon arriving we learned the free day IS on the first Sunday no matter if its a full weekend or not! (Call ahead to double check) While in the ticket line I noticed a couple ahead of us getting their BOA cards out, when our turn came we inquired about the free admission day and they were kind enough to let us in for free anyways. Please note: We didn’t make any fuss or issue, we simply asked if this was the free Sunday. It pays to ask and be polite 🙂 In the end we only paid for the 3 kids we had with us that day, about $40 and parking was $5 (if I remember correctly) So, $45 plus gas, not too cheap, but obvious it would make sense to get year passes if you lived in the nearby area. Tip: Get BOA cards for all members of your family to make the most of the free admission day

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Making clouds and having a go at being a hockey goalie

I found this museum very well kept, clean and in working order. Nothing funky or junky about it. Real nice quality place. On a whole it’s not very big and we were through with our visit in about 2 hours. Everything was hands on and touchable, which was perfect for kids. My suggested ages that would enjoy this place the most is 4 or 5-10 years. Our little guy who is almost 4 only wanted to play with LEGOs and run around. While our 13 year old was bored and just wandered around barely interested. My conclusion about this place is…wonderful learning fun, a bit expensive for a large family just visiting once from far away. Again, if I lived in the area I would go for an annual pass and take my littles often

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Using one of the interactive computer screens and trying on diving equipment

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Pretend to go on a Safari trip in this research vehicle and countdown to blast off in a rocket

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Checking out the scale of a dino in the outdoor exhibit

Sorry, my pictures aren’t too awesome, the camera phone was having focusing issues. Anyhoo, I hope this post gave you some ideas for a family fun adventure in your area

xo Happy learning and discovering All

Link to my Family Fun Adventure pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/hellokate81/jugglingfivemonkeys-blog-adventure/

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Memory Keeper: This Week in February

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Hey there and happy winter…that feels like spring…at least it does over here. We have been pretty low key on the trips and adventures since Canada, but here are a few snaps of the kids and some food inspiration for you

Above: An adorable Owl pillow I crocheted with a crash course from my Marmmie and sis, Yvette. Didn’t it turn out nicely?

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This handsome little man had a birthday and received some awesome science stuff from Aunt, Uncle and cousins. He started reading the book right away and dove into the circuit building after dinner. We gave him some science kits, which he worked on with one of his older bros. He was SO happy and excited to see the box arrive for him. Thanks again, Dave, Tanya, Hudson and Jax!

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I can’t get enough pictures of this little boy sleeping. My last baby is growing up too quickly! He has also began to take interest in drawing (for a very short time and mostly rainbows) and drew this bear during school time (it was one of those follow the steps project)

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L: Frosty Banana Milkshake R: Orange juice, Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

For some reason I haven’t made banana milkshake for my kids much…so I tried a nice frosty version made with frozen bananas, milk and a dash of vanilla. The big kids liked it, the little ones didn’t

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Here’s some salad ideas. L: Organic baby spinach, blueberries, red onion, walnuts and blue cheese

R: Healthy Greek salad, tomato, cucumber, red onion, olives, romaine lettuce and a tangy lemon dressing, with a side of fresh fruit salad of grapefruit, apples and blackberries

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L: I tried out my new birthday gift food processor from Tan and Dave and made these Vegan Black Bean Brownies and homemade Lara Bars R: Seasoned flour dusted Baked Fish Tacos

And that’s a wrap for today. Stay tuned for a post from Azure’s birthday outing to the Discovery Cube in Orange County, CA and our latest Family Fun Adventure to Rose Valley Falls in Ojai, CA.

See ya soon All