Lucy the Taratula!

Uh oh, is everything okay with our tarantula?

Don’t worry, she’s just getting ready to shed!

Tarantulas have a hard outer skeleton that

Doesn’t stretch, so they have to shed (or molt)

So they can grow. A soft silk hammock protects

Her until the new exoskeleton can harden.

If you’d like to learn more, join us at one of our

Tarantula Encounters! Call (562) 383-5236 for

details and schedule.

Construction Zone!

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Construction is happening at the museum, in more ways than one! The museum will be closed starting on August 31st for renovation. As soon as the dedicated staff here at the museum is done designing, building, and constructing wonderful things for our exhibit, it’s our guests’ turn! Construction Zone, our new changing gallery opening September 29th, will have an incredible variety of opportunities for kids to try their hand at every step of construction and architecture. Take a peek inside this exciting new exhibit and all its areas for constructive play.

 Building a Community:

City planning is in the hands of kids in this area’s oversized floor map, complete with streets, sturdy toy houses, fire stations, businesses, and even cars and emergency vehicles. The community can be laid out however they want! The only limit is their imagination! When kids are feeling more destructive than constructive, there’s no need to fear for this area also features the Dump Truck Pit, where kids can dig about in plastic pellets with hefty sized toy dump trucks and bulldozers.

Design a Home:

Everyone has a dream home, and in this area kids can design whatever they wish! Three drafting tables with examples of home designs that range from Ranch Style to Storybook provide an excellent workspace for kids who are ready to be architects. The architectural model of a home in this area as well as the fun fast motion DVD of a house being built represent what the next steps of building a house would look like.

Architect Alley:

Children will receive a huge helping of inspiration in Architect Alley as they gaze upon a model of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Architect Alley- a gallery-like tunnel- features facts and pictures of iconic structures and short bios of notable architects including a DVD on Frank Gehry, designer of the Disney Concert Hall and many other amazing buildings. Be sure to take a spin through famous and notable structures of the world on our interactive spinning wheel.

Skyscraper Zone:

In the Skyscraper Zone, Kids will learn all about the complexity of building and living in a city that touches the sky: the Vertical City in China. This skyscraper holds not only businesses, but homes, shopping centers, restaurants, and even city parks. Once they are ready to build their own skyscraper a light table with MagSnaps magnetic building blocks will be waiting for them!

Heavy Equipment Zone:

Don your hard hat and safety vest in this construction zone area, because it’s time to get to work with the heavy equipment! Kids can take a miniature version of the big-sized bulldozer that adorns the wall and pedal their tractors and bulldozers around the safety cone enclosed area. Cameras are a must, especially with the two fun 3D standup construction workers to pose as.

Collaboration with the City of La Habra

The Museum is also proud to announce our partnership with the City of La Habra’s Public Works Department and Community Development Department for this exhibit. The departments loaned the Museum authentic signs, blueprints, equipment for the engineering exhibit. Children will get a chance for a realistic construction experience, just like the work that goes on around La Habra everyday. We’d like to thank the City of La Habra Public Works department so much for their support and for making a huge difference in our new exhibit!

Dates to remember!

August 23rd: The last day to check out the California: Full of Life exhibit!

August 24th: California: Full of Life Exhibit closes and construction on the Construction Zone begins!

August 31st-September 28th: The museum is closed for renovation, but don’t be sad! Exciting new things are on their way.

September 29th: The Museum reopens! Unveiling the brand new Construction Zone!

Interview with a Gourmet Guy: Get excited for our annual fundraiser October 18th!

It’s never too early to think about food! Especially all of the wonderful dishes you can sample at Gourmet Guys: the Children’s Museum at La Habra annual food-focused fundraiser on Sunday October 18th at the La Habra Community Center. This event will have you snacking on dozens of tasty dishes from Orange County amateur chefs. To help us get excited for our annual fundraiser, we sat down with one of our volunteer amateur chefs: La Habra Mayor Michael Blazey! Hear what made his experience so special, and why you can’t miss this event!

What inspired you to become one of the Gourmet Guys chefs?

I think it was something I always wanted to do since we started going to Gourmet Guys and I thought that my oyster recipe would be something that could be a winner and it turns out it was.

Tell me about your dish from last year.

It’s actually my mother’s recipe and it’s pretty simple to make. It’s a traditional item for a holiday meal. Here at home we make them on Christmas Eve and have them as part of our Christmas Eve Supper. And that was something my mom did too, she would also have it around Thanksgiving time.

What’s your favorite part of participating in Gourmet Guys?

I think it’s just mostly the camaraderie of the group that you’re with, because you do it as a team. You sit with the people you either work with or you’re part of a club or social group. In my case, it was employees for the City, so it was Jim Sadro the City Manager, and Sal Failla, the Community Services Director, and then the Finance Director Mel Shannon was there and just a lot of the guys who work for the city. So you know you see them every day in the context of being a city council member, and you go to events with them, but this is one event where you’re participating with them.

Any hopes for this year?

Well I want to enter again and I want it to be something that has the potential to win. I haven’t quite decided on my recipe yet. And I’m told I have to be more mindful of my presentation.

Anything else you’d like to share about what makes the Gourmet Guys fundraiser so special?

Just that it’s a really great way to raise “dough” and raise “bread” so to speak for the Children’s Museum because you make the contribution of your entry fee and then you get a chance to show off what you can do. And also end up bringing in more revenue for the Children’s Museum as people pay for an entrance and get to sample and taste the different kinds of entries that are out there. So I think it’s a really creative way to do a fundraiser and show that guys can cook too.

So make sure you reserve your spot for this three hour celebration of culinary creativity where you’ll get to be the judge by voting for your favorite dish, or maybe even become a silent auction winner. Gourmet Guys guarantees a great day of food, fun, and recipes you can bring home to your own family!

To help us “Raise Bread for Kids” by cooking or attending the event, please call (562)383-4242 for more information or visit the Museum’s website at http://www.lhcm.org and click on the Special Events button.

Gourmet Guys Raise “Bread” for Kids Event

Sunday, October 18th 12:00 noon-3:00 pm

La Habra Community Center

101 W. La Habra Blvd.

La Habra, CA 90631

Tickets – $40.00

Meatball Sign Sponsor – $100.00

VIP Ticket Package – $150.00

Conservation Garden: Exciting New Exhibit Coming Soon!

Are you ready to hear the latest and greatest news from the Children’s Museum at La Habra? The end of August and the month of September bring exciting new developments in our Science Station Gallery! Construction will soon be underway on our Conservation Garden!

During our closure for renovation, from August 31st to September 28th, this long-anticipated exhibit will take the place of the Clear Water Mountain exhibit in our Science Station Gallery. Conservation Garden will feature four elements: an interactive vegetable garden and orchard where kids will learn about sustainable gardening; a compost unit where green waste is recycled into mulch for the garden; an irrigation element, where conservative methods are used for watering; and a section on drought tolerant and water friendly plants.

This will be the final step in our Clubhouse H2O renovation. The whole exhibit focuses on engaging children in a fun way, so that they might understand more about our wonderful (but dry) state of California and how we can all do our part to conserve precious water. This renovation began with Clubhouse H20, as phase 1 saw the upgrade of our shower, sink, and toilet with blue lights and interactive sounds. The addition of the Conservation Garden will provide a totally immersive experience to complete this gallery.

So please, pardon our dust, because great new things are on the way! Check back for photos and updates and stop by in the fall to experience this exciting new exhibit for yourself!

The lessons we teach with our Easy-Grow Eco Garden, pictured here, will continue inside the museum with the brand new Conservation Garden!
The lessons we teach with our Easy-Grow Eco Garden, pictured here, will continue inside the museum with the brand new Conservation Garden!

These are a Few of our Favorite Things

No day at the museum is complete without a trip to the Gift Shop! We here at the museum love the Fascination Station Gift Shop! The staff has picked our favorite items to share with you. Come find your favorite item next time you are at the museum!

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Magic Mic:

Growing up I was very shy (still am), but behind closed doors, I was a pop star diva! In my American Idol like Imagination world, I beat out all my competition from Snow White, Aladdin, and even Ariel! Here I come, Elsa!

-Eden Chung, Education and Exhibits Assistant

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Smooth Rocks

Lisa: I really like the polished stones. They have so many colors and patterns, and they feel smooth and cool in your hand. I had a pet rock back in high school (and I still have it!) named Maurice Hotbottom (so called because I carried him around in my back pocket, so one side of him was always warm). My daughter likes to make jewelry out of found stones – we’ve even found some pretty rose quartz in our backyard!

-Lisa Reckon, Curator of Exhibits and Education

The pouch of stones remind me of a trip to the Grand Canyon when I was child. I bought a big bag of stones and my family had a wonderful time snapping photos and feasting on the geological wonder below. It wasn’t until the drive home we realized we accidently threw away the bag with the stones and disposable camera. With a disappointment and sadness deeper than the Grand Canyon itself, I departed home dreaming about my stones and the brief but sweet time we had together.

-Steven Montes, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

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The Pig Jax

The Pig Jax remind me of my family.  My husband and my daughter worked their way through college at Farmer John processing pork products.  When I look at the Pig Jax it reminds me of them. Also, I it is a fun game to play.

-Lynn Holmquist, Visitor Services Assistant

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Magic Bubbles

Bubbles remind me of the carefree days of childhood. You could spend an entire summer afternoon blowing bubbles with your friends and enjoy watching them waft across the sky.

– Roy Mueller, Friends Executive Director and Chief Development Officer

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Robot Claw

The Robot Claw is a fantastic toy that my boys absolutely LOVE!! This claw picks up just about anything. Not to mention that they are motivated to use it when it comes time to pick up after playing or put clothes in the laundry basket!  The Robot Claw….. Mom’s best friend!

-Jennifer Andrade, Visitor Services Coordinator

Happy Campers at the Children’s Museum

Do you love the movie Night at the Museum, and the idea of everything coming to life in a museum when the sun sets? Well last Saturday lucky “campers” got to live their own night in the museum, as the galleries were filled with fun and adventure long into the night.

After their tummies were full with pizza graciously donated by PizzaRev, kids and their families got to explore all the museum has to offer at twilight. They got to see a real live tarantula, decorate their own bird house, and even solve a mystery! Movie time was a hit as everyone curled up with snacks to watch the classic Toy Story 3. And just when everyone’s eyes were starting to get heavy, every camper got to pick their own spot in the museum to lay their head. Some laid out under the California Redwoods or in the not-so-hot desert of our California: Full of Life exhibit, while others chose to sleep in our Science Station, with strong dinosaurs standing guard over them.

As the first lights started to creep into the museum the next morning, the giggles of young campers ready to start a new day were heard throughout the gallery. Early risers were able to witness the morning feeding of all our critters, from our gecko to our banana slugs. Then, after some breakfast and quick playtime it was time to say goodbye to the museum, but not to the memories that the night had given them.

We are so glad that everyone who camped with us had such a wonderful time and look forward to planning more Overnight events in the New Year!