Museum Overnight Campout

Want to come camp in the beautiful California: Full of Life Exhibit? There are still a few spots available for our Museum Overnight Campout on July 31st! Call now to reserve your “campsite”.

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My Mini Succulent Garden Workshop!

We can all do our part when it comes to water conservation: parents, kids, and plants! Succulents are beautiful little plants that hold water in their leaves and can live a long time on just mist or dew. With clippings from our Easy-Grow Eco Garden, you can start your very own drought resistant garden at the My Mini Succulent Garden workshop on July 16th at 10:30 am! Call to reserve your spot in this fun, easy outdoor activity.

Discover your inner Dino Detective

Is your kid just itching to join Chris Pratt’s character Owen Grady in training dinosaurs like in Jurassic World? Are Triceratops and T. Rexes always on their mind? Well come on down and become a real dino detective in the Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt here at the Children’s Museum!

Our outdoor Dino Walk allows kids to walk in the footprints of giants, and see the hatching of baby dinosaurs. Inside kids will find our Allosaurus and Parasaurolophus and just around the corner they can dig for fossils themselves! The Paleolithic fun isn’t over because in our Nature Walk kids can touch a real life Triceratops shoulder bone that’s millions of years old! Our Dinosaur Scavenger hunt will lead your young ones on their way to find each of these treasures and they can even don a pith helmet to really get in the mood! Just ask at the front desk to become part of the adventure!

In the meantime, try out this fun and easy activity to teach kids a little bit about how fossils are formed as they make their own!

All you need is some easy to make Salt Dough.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 and a half cups of water
  • Bowl
  • Rolling pin

Mix all the above ingredients, adding water if needed to make it less dry. Roll the dough into flat slabs. From here let your child’s creativity go to work! They can take their dinosaur toys and impress them into the clay to make fossils. Have them try just the dinosaur’s foot or even their own foot! Then bake in the oven for one hour to harden. They can even paint the fossils with paint once they are cool if they wish.

Have fun exploring the world of fossils and dinosaurs and we hope to see you at the Children’s museum real soon!

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All Aboard for History!

The education of children and the transportation of beautifully fragrant oranges: two vastly different purposes for one beautiful building. That is the history of the Children’s Museum at La Habra, which once housed the La Habra Union Pacific train station, a staple of the city today as well as in the past.

Today, the pride that the Children’s Museum takes in its building’s prosperous railroading history is evident throughout the “Old Wing” of the museum, which is original from 1923. While walking through the Nature Walk Room it is easy to imagine how lovely a waiting room it would have been for people eager to catch a train to a new adventure. Just down the hall a “Ticket Booth” sign still awaits visitors entering the Nannie’s Travels room. What was once a holding room for baggage now holds a Model Train Village, a direct showcase of the museum’s link to its historic roots. The long room, that is now the changing gallery, used to see heavy crates of oranges and avocados pass through its large doors as the freight room. Finally the Carousel room once opened right onto the platform as trains rushed by.Depot History 165

Back in the 1920s and 30s, from that covered platform, train passengers could look out on La Habra, but it would not be the La Habra of today, but miles and miles of orange groves. In the early 1900s, a reliable water supply allowed for the rich soil and sunny climate of La Habra to create the perfect grove of citrus fruits. With all this fruit, La Habra needed to distribute it as quickly as efficiently as possible. Thus, the building that houses the Children’s Museum today was constructed to be the second of two train depots that serviced the La Habra area. The first station, built in 1908, was operated by the Pacific Electric. The Victorian-style Pacific Electric Depot now sits next to the Children’s Museum as the La Habra Depot Theater and acts as a showcase for local community theatre. The second station, today’s Children’s Museum, was built in a Mission-style in 1923 and was operated by Union Pacific. The two stations shared the tracks, which were a part of the Overland route, which ran from Omaha, Nebraska to Los Angeles. The success of both train stations shows the strength of the agriculture of La Habra during this time.

So next time you are at the Children’s Museum, while your children are happily playing, look around the “Old Wing” or our 1942 Caboose and remember you aren’t just in a museum, but a part of La Habra’s history. If you listen closely you might even hear the click of wheels on the track or a train whistle sound from days gone by.

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Autism Family Morning

On Sunday, July 19th the Children’s Museum at La Habra is excited to open their doors for the first ever Autism Family Morning! From the hours of 10am to 12pm, the museum will be reserved exclusively for children on the Autism spectrum and their families: a safe, comfortable environment where they can explore the museum at their own pace. Special activities and resources are included with admission. Reservations are required, please call (562) 383-4236 by July 15th.

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Meet the Critters: Max and Aaron

There are a lot of things that are pretend here at the Children’s Museum, but today it is our pleasure to introduce two of our real LIVE animals: Max and Aaron, our Banana Slugs.

“Hello I’m Aaron”

“And I’m Max” says Max, “You can tell because I’m a little bit fatter than him.”

“Maybe you should cut back on the cucumber slices.” says Aaron.

“But they are so delicious!” says Max, “That’s what we eat here at the museum. That’s because we are slugs and we originally come from the Redwood forest where there is lots of tasty vegetables to munch on! We are decomposers, so we turn everything we eat into nice rich soil for the forest to use!”

“But right now, we aren’t in the forest. We live in the California: Full of Life exhibit and we make kids happy every day!” says Aaron excitedly, “They like to look at us and see how much we look like bananas. They don’t get to see us move very much though! We only move about 6 1/2 inches per hour.”

“If we aren’t very fast, how did we get here Aaron?” asks Max.

“Don’t you remember?” says Aaron, “A young man was nice enough to bring us down to the museum when he found us on the side of the… place with the cars.”

“The road!” says Max.

“Yea the road!” says Aaron, “He picked us up even though we are kind of slimy, and he named us after the scientific name for the Banana slug: Ariolimax californicus. Every animal has a scientific name for scientists to tell us apart, our genus name is Ariolimax, meaning we are banana slugs, and our species name is californicus, meaning we are the species that lives in California.”

“But here at the museum we are just known as Max and Aaron, it’s much shorter,” says Max

Max and Aaron the Banana Slugs are happy to be here, and they are excited to meet you! Come check them out before they head back to the Redwoods when the California: Full of Life exhibit closes at the end of August.

Welcome!

Welcome to the brand new blog for the Children’s Museum at La Habra! Here you can find all the latest news on our exciting upcoming events and galleries, take another look at your favorite classic exhibits, and learn educational and fun information just for parents! Check back often to see whats new!