First, back by popular demand, Sesame Street Presents: The Body at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center. This is an interactive exhibit created and produced by a partnership between Sesame Workshop and Thinkwell Design & Production. The exhibit promotes active living and healthy lifestyle.
1. How You Work – Whether you are exercising, playing, dancing or even sleeping, your body is always hard at work. In "How You Work," kids can learn how the heart and different muscles work as they pump, row or run in "Rosita's Locomotion" and boogie along with Grover in "Grover's Dance Party," a groovy disco.
2. Your Insides – "Your Insides" is an exploration of what goes on inside the body. Activities include the "Count's Organ Organ," which musically teaches kids about their internal organs' locations and functions; "Digestion with Oscar," a display that shows kids what happens to food when they eat it; and "Oscar's Sneeze Machine," where children pull a lever to irritate a big nose that actually sneezes on them!
3. Your Outsides – Children learn to identify different body parts, learn what they do, and explore the many ways they can put them to use. Exhibits include "Your Wonderful Hands," featuring puzzles, sign language games, shadow puppets and more; "Your Legs and Feet," an interactive exhibit that shows what happens when you put your legs in motion; and "Use Your Head", a play-along question and answer game show about the parts of the head.
4. Staying Healthy – Learn how eating healthy foods, staying clean, and getting plenty of physical activity as well as sleep can help the body stay healthy. Ernie and Rubber Ducky get kids started in "Rub-A-Dub Tub," a silly game that shows them just how much fun staying clean can be. Then it's on to "Mr. Hooper's Store," where children scan groceries and learn specific messages about how different healthy meals are good for their bodies, and "Baby Bear's Mini Mart," a toddler-sized activity area where children can stock up on a variety of healthy foods.
Sesame Street Presents The Body 2500 North Main Street Santa Ana, California 714-542-CUBE www.sesamestreetpresents.org www.discoverycube.org
About Sesame Workshop: Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children's television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company and Pinky Dinky Doo. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About Thinkwell: From blank page to opening day, Thinkwell specializes in the creation of story-driven exhibits, attractions, live shows and environments. Their clientele is made up of museums, theme parks, Fortune 500 companies and destination resorts, including the Museum of Science and Industry, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Sesame Workshop, Universal Studios, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Parks, and others. Overall Thinkwell takes a holistic approach to design, bringing years of experience in design, education, operations, and marketing to create unique, immersive experiences that both entertain and educate. For more information, please visit www.thinkwellgroup.com.
Second, Taco Bell Discovery Science Center celebrates the 15th anniversary of its popular spring break event "Bubblefest" from April 2-24.
Bubblefest XV is clean fun for old and young, including a world-record attempt by the world-renown Yang family. Fan Yang and his son Deni Yang will attempt to encapsule 150 people inside a single bubble and break the record of 94 people as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The world-record attempt will take place on Monday, April 4 at noon at Discovery Science Center. Everyone is invited to attend his event.
Known for their unique and stunning artistry, the Yangs will perform four Mega Bubble Shows daily during Bubblefest -- 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This visually astonishing show is a high-tech combination of art and science using bubbles, lights and special effects. It includes bubble carousels, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.
Bubblefest also features science learning stations in the Bubble Lab, which demonstrate math and science principles like surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, geometry and more. "Me in a Bubble" offers the opportunity for guests to step inside a giant bubble and have their picture taken. And of course, children of all ages can head to the Bubble Courtyard and create their own bubble magic.
A new feature of Bubblefest this year is Bubble Busters: Discover the Science! This special stage show will help visitors answer questions like, "Can you walk on water?" and "Can a bubble last forever?"
Bubblefest is included with general admission to Discovery Science Center. The daily Mega Bubble Shows require a separate fee of $5 for Discovery Science Center members and $7 for the general public. "Me in a Bubble" also requires an additional charge.
About Fan Yang: Fan Yang has garnered international attention for his bubble artistry. He has appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman," "Live! with Regis and Kelly" and other television shows all around the world. Yang has set 16 Guinness World Records, including two that were set at Discovery Science Center. Don't miss this chance to witness history!
About Deni Yang: Deni Yang has been combining entertainment, art and science performing in bubble shows for the most of his young life. Following in the footsteps of his parents Fan and Ana, Deni's first appearance was at the age of 4 on Italian television where he fascinated millions of viewers across Europe.
Bubblefest XV 2500 North Main Street Santa Ana, California 714-542-CUBE www.discoverycube.org