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Discovery Science Center 
 
 
"Explore more than 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana where you can play a game of Virtual Volleyball, dance across a Musical Floor, play music on a Laser Beam Harp, see an indoor Geyser erupt and much more. Discovery Science Center is home of the famous 10-story solar Cube and designed to let visitors explore science 'Southern California Style.' It's hard to miss this Orange County landmark. Exit Interstate 5 at Main Street in Santa Ana and look for the Cube. Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. Discovery Science Center's many education programs align with California Science Content Standards and are intended to help K-12 students perform better in school and on State science tests required in the 5th and 7th grades. For school groups, we offer a wide range of Science-to-Go and assembly programs (where we come to your school) as well as fieldtrip programs (where your school visits us). The Center's Digital Lab computer center offers classes where students and adults can learn Word Processing, Digital Photography, Web Design and more. Discovery Science Center is also the education content provider for the Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Tiger Woods Learning Center. Facility rental of Discovery Science Center is available for private corporate parties, company family days, high school proms and special events. With the fun hands-on exhibits and live demonstrations, Discovery Science Center is a unique party environment. The building can accommodate anywhere from 300 people seated banquet style to 1000 reception style." Santa Ana Free Day, First Monday of each month, Santa Ana residents with ID receive free admission.  Santa Ana
Girls Incorporated® 
 
 
"Our Mission: Girls Incorporated® of Orange County is committed to helping girls develop the values and skills they need to become confident, productive and responsible adults. "  Costa Mesa
Mission San Juan Capistrano Summer Camps 
 
 
Mission San Juan Capistrano offers a variety of entertaining, hands-on summer camps for children. Each is designed to teach children about Mission and California history.... The following camps will be held in 2006: Beginning Clay Summer Camp: Students will learn to express themselves artistically while learning about early California pottery, both indigenous and European. Students will learn how to make pinched pots, coiled pots, decorative tiles, primitive statues, as well as how to glaze their work. Mission Matters Camp: Ron Bauer will lead children in hands-on craft making and tasks focusing on skills of the Mission and Rancho Eras. Students will learn how to make candles and soap out of tallow, rope making and knot tying, as well as hide branding. Camp Discovery at Mission San Juan Capistrano: Enjoy a fun-filled, educational week (or two) of the science behind and inside the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano. Discovery Science Center is teaching Science on a Mission Camp and Science Sleuths Camp for 7 to 10 year old campers at the Mission San Juan Capistrano this summer. In addition, the Science Center is teaching Summer Smiles for 5 and 6 year old campers. Science on a Mission Camp: Embark on a scientific mission to unearth the secrets of the past. Explore the history and restoration of the jewel of San Juan Capistrano, experiment with building designs and materials that strengthen structures, make gooey slime and more. Enjoy this fun-filled, educational week of the science behind and inside the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Science Sleuths at the Mission: Open your eyes to a whole new world! Experience our StarLab planetarium. Uncover the mysteries of the universe as your investigations take you from the microscopic level of fingerprints and fossils to the telescopic wonders of the stars. Explore the animals of the past, make a rubber ball, and much, much more! Summer Smiles at the Mission: It’s never too early to learn about science! Investigate butterfly wings and bug antennae using microscopes. Experiment with ooey, gooey concoctions. Take apart owl pellets. Examine real fossils and make a fossil imprint to take home. Create a comet. And best of all, parents ~ this program will strengthen what your kids are learning in school. Indian Summer Camp: Journey’s to the Past educator, Jacque Nunez presents a camp that celebrates culture, diversity, and California’s heritage. Imagine Journeying back in time when people lived in harmony with Mother Earth and learning about Native American cultures and lifestyles from early southern California. Children will learn to be keepers of the Earth through sound environment practices and learn skills that the Native California Indians used, such as stomping mud for Adobe making, scrubbing gourds for rattles, drilling shells for necklaces, and pounding yucca for string are just a few crafts that will create a special memory for your child. Intermediate Clay Summer Camp: For the first time Mission San Juan Capistrano is offering an intermediate ceramics camp. In this camp, students will learn the basic fundamentals of wheel thrown pots, free hand vases, making sculptures, statues, and heads. Gold Rush: What was the trail of our California Gold Rush like and who were the Native Americans that the Pioneers encountered across the country? Children will experience arrowhead making, carding wool, making friendship bracelets, panning for gold, making biscuits, playing Pioneer and Native American games, and authentic Native American dancing."  San Juan Capistrano
Santa Ana Zoo 
 
 
Santa Ana Zoo has one of the finest primate collections in the country. Beyond that, it's a marvelous place for children. A miniature railroad, kid-friendly displays, a decent playground and a great hill of dirt to play on! (Come'on! You remember, don'cha?) The admission is reasonable. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grass out front! Located in Santa Ana's Prentice Park. Santa Ana Free Day, Second Tuesday of each month, Santa Ana residents with ID receive free admission.  Santa Ana
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