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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History – Free Admission


Free admission to the Santa Cruz Museum on the first Friday of every month.
Museum exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region and the Monterey Bay.
Wildlife & Habitats — On display… Owls, Hawks, a Golden Eagle, Reptiles, Amphibians, Foxes, Coyotes, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Jack Rabbits, Brush Rabbits, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, California Quail, Hummingbirds Song Birds, Nests, Calls, Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks.
Geology of Santa Cruz — The Museum features fossilized bones of whales, dolphins and an entire sea cow skeleton.

Parking is available on Pilkington Avenue or in surrounding streets. From April-September you must get a free parking permit from inside the Museum to park on the museum-side of Pilkington Ave.
Public transit — Santa Cruz Metro.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, 95062
831-420-6115

Free admission on the first Friday of every month from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

LEGO Extravaganza

legoThe Annual Holiday LEGO Extravaganza at The Museum of American Heritage has been underway since early December 2016. The last day is upcoming Sunday, January 15, 2017.

LEGO creations include train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits, and more.

The exhibit is weekends (11:00 am to 3:45 pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Admission is $3.00; The Museum of American Heritage members and the Bay Area LEGO User Group members, admission free.

There is street parking, or take Caltrain.

Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, 94301

Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration

childrens-discovery-museum
Saturday December 31, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm is the Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration at the Children’s Discovery Museum.
Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with “countdown to noon across time zones” and the Museum’s version of the famous Ball Drop in Times Square.
Purchase your tickets in advance and get a free Celebration Fun Pack while supplies last, including a hat, noisemaker, and other items to help you ring in the New Year.  Adult & kids: $13; Senior: $12

Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
San Jose, 95110

Saturday December 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Museum closes at 4:00 p.m. on December 31
Admission: $13; Seniors: $12

Public parking info.

Public Transit (VTA) :

Light Rail: Take the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line to the Discovery Museum station.
Bus: Take County transit bus lines to stops on Almaden Boulevard.

Wings of History Air Museum Free Open House

Wings History Museum
Wings of History Air Museum free open house to the museum and displays Saturday May 14, 2016 from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Airplanes of all kinds, including antique, modern and Warbirds will be on display, along with antique farm equipment and steam engines.

Take a free ride on a tethered balloon between 7:00 am to 9:00 am, weather permitting, wind calm.

Kids get a free airplane ride for those 8 years to 17 years old —  limited space, pre-register.

There will be kids’ activities including model-making and a maze.

Breakfast (from 8am) and lunch (11:00am to 2:00pm) will be available for purchase.

Wings of History Museum
12777 Murphy Avenue, San Martin, 95046
(408) 683-2290

Lunar New Year Celebration at SJ Museum of Art

Lunar2016Saturday (February 13, 2016) from 11 AM to 5 PM is a free Lunar New Year Celebration at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Therebwill be live performances and hands-on art-making activities.

11 am to 4:30 pm: Artmaking:
– Shadow Puppets
– Not-so-Traditional Landscapes
– Zodiac Stickers
– Paper-Folding Coy Fish
11:30 am to 12:15 pm Megumi, Storyteller
12 to 4 pm Public Drop-In Tours
1:45 to 2:30 pm Megumi, Storyteller
3:30 to 4:30 pm Rising Phoenix Lion Dance

Free, reservations are highly recommended.

San Jose Museum of Art
110 S Market St, San Jose, 95110
(408) 271-6840

REBOOT:Music Live at The Tech

REBOOTElectronic music fans are going to flock to the Tech next weekend for live performances from world class musicians staged amid the largest exhibition of interactive, collaborative digital music installations ever created.

Unleash your inner musician and immerse yourself in a new world of musical performances led by revolutionaries who are redefining the intersection of humans and machines.

Panel Discussion with the Artists moderated by ANI 

Interact and make your own music with:

  • 14 installations by renowned artists that allow you to collaborate and explore the boundaries of music making.
  • Red Hot and Sympathetic Resonance, two large-scale, electro-acoustic experiences bring a technological twist to familiar acoustic instruments.
  • The multi-player ConnecTable invites spontaneous jam sessions with friends and strangers alike – no rehearsal necessary!
  • The Space Palette puts futuristic soundscapes at participants’ fingertips – literally.
  • Stepping Tones’ immersive projection mapped environment lets participants create and visualize beats by hand.
  • The Laser Harp Alembic surrounds visitors with an orchestra of sounds, each just a pluck of the air away.

$15 Limited Presale Tickets HERE

RSVP to the Facebook Event HERE

Saturday, May 10th
7pm-1am
at The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market St, San Jose

 

The Tech Museum of Innovation

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The Tech Challenge 2014 – Harnessing the Wind

 

Hundreds of teams of students from grades 5-6 and 9-12 put their original innovations the test today, the first day of competition at The Tech Challenge 2014 presented by Cisco, the Bay Area’s largest youth design-challenge competition. The “Bad News Bears” team  of five from St. Martin of Tours first place for “Best Overall Solution” and emphasized perseverance and thinking big as keys to success, “No matter how big the challenge, if you work hard, anything is possible,” said Connor Hearney, 11. Teammate Michael Woo, 11, echoed the same sentiment, “Every problem has a solution.”

The two-day event concludes Sunday, April 13 when students in grades 7-8 take the stage and present their creative devices.

One of The Tech’s deepest beliefs is that everyone is born to be a problem solver,” said Museum President Tim Ritchie. “The Tech Challenge gives participants an opportunity to experience and show how innovative they can be.

Every year, the annual team design-challenge presents participants with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem. This year’s challenge, Harnessing the Wind, saw students use the power of wind to move water to the people who need it most. Participants revealed their entrepreneurial spirits and tried their hand at utilizing the wind as a plausible solution to lowering the total energy consumption in the moving and processing of water.

The Tech Challenge, a signature program of The Tech, provides months of team learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and reinforces 21st-century skills of creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, presentation, risk-taking, perseverance, and learning from failure.

The ingenuity and commitment exemplified by students at The Tech Challenge is extraordinary,” said Jessica Graham, Cisco’s Community Relations Manager. “Our Cisco volunteers here today welcome the opportunity to inspire the next generation of innovators.

In all, 1,200 students stepped up to the challenge to use the renewable energy source for this year’s competition now in its 27th year. Teams competed for several titles ranging from “Most Sustainable” to “Best Engineering Design” to “Best Prototyping.” Every participant also received a medal, T-shirt, water bottle, and team photo for their hard work, ingenuity and dedication.

For decades, The Tech Challenge has allowed some 13,500 young girls and boys throughout California and other regions to hone their creativity and innovation on a variety of scenarios including building devices to explore Mars craters, fight wildfires, rescue earthquake victims, collect samples in the rainforest, and last year to deploy instruments to an asteroid.

The top award – “Best Overall Solution” – was awarded to three teams in each of the 5th-6th and 9th-12th grade divisions. Best Overall Solution encompasses device performance, engineering and design, style and presentation, and the scientific process. AND THE 2014 WINNERS ARE…

5th-6th grade Division

1st Place

  • Bad News Bears
  • Team # 133
  •  St. Martin of Tours

2nd Place

  • FOuR the WINdz 
  • Team # 15
  •  John Sinnott Elementary School

3rd Place

  • iSolve
  • Team # 372
  • Carden Day School of San Jose, Hyde Middle School, and Kennedy Middle school in Cupertino

9th-12th grade Division

1st Place

  • H2I – Happy to Innovate
  • Team # 72
  •  Fremont Home School Team

2nd Place

  • The Airbenders
  • Team # 322
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula

3rd Place

  • MEKTech
  • Team # 0
  • Head-Royce School

Other teams took home prizes for their achievement in Engineering Design, Spirit, Device Performance, Sportsmanship and Best Use of Cardboard and Duct Tape. View the complete list of winners.

For more information on The Tech Challenge, visit: thetechchallenge.thetech.org/

 

2014 The Tech Challenge sponsors

Presenting

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.

Innovator

  •  Aruba Networks
  •  SAP 

Founding

  • EMC2
  • Intel
  •  Motorola Solutions Foundation 

Principal

  • Fairchild Semiconductor
  • Lockheed Martin
  • TE Connectivity

 

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned program to honor technology benefiting humanity, The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.

 

 

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Free admission to the Santa Cruz Museum on the the first Friday of every month!

Museum exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region and the Monterey Bay.

Wildlife & Habitats — On display… Owls, Hawks, a Golden Eagle, Reptiles, Amphibians, Foxes, Coyotes, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Jack Rabbits, Brush Rabbits, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret,
California Quail, Hummingbirds Song Birds, Nests, Calls, Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks
Monarchs and Banana Slugs

The Garden Learning Center provides examples of sustainable garden techniques and was designed to promote water and soil conservation, increase ecological diversity, and keep harmful chemicals out of our watershed. Interpretive panels throughout the garden illustrate concepts in sustainable gardening, and introduce visitors to common native plants suitable for planting in our region.

Geology of Santa Cruz — The Museum features fossilized bones of whales, dolphins and an entire sea cow skeleton – related to several species of manatee and dugong gliding through different waters today.

Learn about Monterey Bay Marine Life in the touch pool, featuring live local intertidal plants and animals. Adjacent to the touch pool you’ll find examples of shells found on regional beaches. Examples of typical marine and shore birds are also displayed.

Parking is available on Pilkington Avenue or in surrounding streets. From April-September you must get a free parking permit from inside the Museum to park on the museum-side of Pilkington Ave. Public transit, Santa Cruz Metro.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Friday, February 7, 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free admission also on:  03/07, 04/04, 05/02, 06/06

Legendary Bounty Hunter Appears at the Tech

Boba Fett

Boba Fett image courtesy Lucas Films

Jabba the Hut sent his best to capture Han Solo, and we all knew that Boba Fett was a force to be reckoned with. Now joining the Tech for the final months of the exhibit, fans finally get to see Boba Fett up close and personal in the Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit through to March 23, 2014.

In case you haven’t been to the exhibit yet, it’s well worth the trip, even if you’re a Star Wars noob. There are hands-on labs where you can engineer  Droids™ and defy gravity. You can even drive an actual hovercraft!

Of course if you’re a hard-core fan there is plenty to see too, starting with a full size replica of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,  costumes for Mace Windu, Princess Leia, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Stormtroopers, and Lightsabers belonging to Luke, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul and Count Dooku. Of course Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO make an appearance as well. This is a 10,000 Sq foot exhibit with over 80 authentic costumes, props and models from all 6 of the star Wars films. Plan to spend some quality time reliving your favorite scenes. Get your tix here.

Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation®, was developed by Boston’s Museum of Science in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. and the exhibition makes use of an extensive archive collection on loan from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

 

 

Oakland Museum Free First Sundays 2011-2012

John Muir

Explore and learn more about California’s environment, history, art and people at The Oakland Museum of California free first Sundays.

The museum has permanent Art, History, and Natural Sciences Galleries along with special exhibits. Note that the Natural Sciences Gallery is currently under renovation and will reopen Spring 2012.

The Art Collection features over 70,000 works from the early 1800s to the present that are by California artists. The collection includes California landscape paintings from the 1850s to the 1880s; Gold Rush era artwork; furniture and decorative arts from the Arts and Crafts period; figurative painting and sculpture; California ceramics and jewelry.

The new Gallery of California Art includes one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art in the world. The upgraded lighting and wall systems create brighter, more welcoming, flexible spaces. Color is a new element in the Gallery; artworks are dramatically emphasized on walls of various hues.

The History Department’s collections are in photography; California native baskets and other material; Gold Rush era artifacts; and material that relates to California technology, agriculture, business and labor, domestic life, and significant events. For nearly forty years, the Museum’s Gallery of California History has enabled generations of visitors to explore major events and trends that have shaped California history.

Explore the legacy of John Muir’s life and how he continues to influence our relationship with the natural world in the first-ever museum exhibition of its kind, A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey.

Told through collections of art, history, and natural science, interactive digital technology, and select loans-journals, manuscripts, and original drawings. Through interactive, multisensory displays and digital mash-ups, A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey simulates many of Muir’s explorations including his trek from Yosemite to Mount Whitney, and even his night spent in a hollow giant sequoia as the forest burned around him.

The exhibit, A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey, runs through January 22, 2012.

In the afternoon tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1:00, take docent-led tours of the Art Gallery at 2:00 and the History Gallery at 3:00.

Arrive early, admission is free; however, tickets are required (first come first served basis). Free First Sundays are open to all Bay Area visitors.

Parking: enter the Museum garage entrance on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $2.50/hour for the public, $1/hour for Museum visitors with validation. Bring your ticket to the Ticketing booth on Level 2 for validation.

The Museum is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station (between 8th and 9th streets at Oak Street).

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, 94607
888-625-6873

First Sunday of the month
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday; also, closed New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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