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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

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Address: 705 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5122
Phone Number: +1 805-928-8414
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Too Cute!

You and the kids or grand-kids will have so much fun!!! There are plenty of things to do, from the reading tree, to activities, to gardening, a bank and a restaurant to play in!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Clarice77
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You and the kids or grand-kids will have so much fun!!! There are plenty of things to do, from the reading tree, to activities, to gardening, a bank and a restaurant to play in!

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Thank Clarice77
Santa Maria, California
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a great place to bring the kids and let them explore. We brought our children to the Discovery Museum several times and they loved it.

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Thank Jeff M
Orcutt, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is a great place to take young children for hours of interactive fun. The museum is set up for play while learning and offers many interactive exhibits that the whole family will enjoy.

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Thank Carin W
Anaheim
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I have been taking my family to the SMV Discovery Museum for years! It's a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. Everything is hands-on. They offer enrichment activities like Preschool Patrol, community events, and annual events. It's the only space in Santa Barbara County of its kind. It is geared for kids 8 and under, but my older... More 

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Thank Michele D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

This discovery museum a real gem for Santa Maria. Great for kids with lots of fun activities. A clean, safe environment to spend a few hours!

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Thank CentralCoastLady
Santa Maria, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

There's a craft table where kids can create, play diner, climbing wall, firemen gear, much more that keeps children interested in play for hours.

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Thank Yolanda M
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This museum is more geared toward younger children. Ages 3-9 thrive the best. There are several programs depending on which day you go so it's best to look at the website and find out what is featured for that week. It's fairly small, so you can see it all it an hour or two. However, if you have a little... More 

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Thank Debra G
Costa Mesa, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Not much in this town but this museum kept the 8 and 9 year olds busy for hours. Crafts to do and things to play with. There was plenty of help from the staff if needed and they were great.

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Thank Pauline H
Lompoc, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

I went with my husband and my 2 year old daughter and I found it rather small. I liked the plant area but didn't like that for toddlers there really wasn't a lot to do. It really is more for older kids.

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Santa Maria, California
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful place for children to learn, play and explore. I have taken my grandkids here several times and they have a ball everyte and can't wait to go back !!!

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Thank Leslie N

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