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  • cdn_relaxed
    Washington DC, DC16 contributions
    This is a hidden gem of a museum. I was looking to fill a free afternoon and came across the Bowers Museum. It is located in a charming Mission style building that has lovely landscaped grounds. The museum is not huge but its collections are impressive and wide ranging. I really enjoyed the Arts of Ancient China, the Spirits and Headhunter of the Pacific, the California Legacies and Bounty exhibits. There was so much to see that I ran out of time, having only given myself 2 hours for my visit.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • mshbnyehud
    Dallas, TX1,103 contributions
    If you have 30 - 60 minutes before/after a John Wayne Airport flight, sneak over the Lyon for a very informative and wonderful visit. Make a special effort to engage with the wonderful volunteers, many/most of whom served in the Air Force or are pilots themselves. They bring incredible information and stories to make your visit all the more special.

    An added plus at this time is an exhibit of several vintage military and other vehicles. For price paid ($10 for seniors), this is a wonderful experience!
    Written 11 July 2022
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  • Chris Haigh
    Glendale, CA8 contributions
    I don't think the Discovery Cube emphasizes enough that nearly every exhibit is a hands-on learning experience. This works perfectly for kids with short attention spans (e.g. all of them), as there is just the right amount of reading, and a hefty portion of doing to drive home each exhibit. We will be back again! Note that Museums on Us includes this museum, for B of A card holders (but still expect to pay full price for the kiddos).
    Written 2 January 2020
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  • TooMuch2Do
    Laguna Niguel, CA402 contributions
    I visited during the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day when Kellogg House (and the nearby Howe-Waffle House) were open the same hours. Although I looked on the website, I didn't see anywhere to get tickets. When I arrived, they told me they were sold out, but there were very few people around. Fortunately, they were able to "fit me in" within 5 minutes on a tour that wasn't full (and the docent said that there was no one scheduled for the next tour--strange). Tours that day were every 15 minutes and the docent provided no background information on the Kellogg family or the house, said a sentence or two in each room, and then urged us along. So I recommend visiting on a normal day with regular hours. I took pictures of the rooms and explanatory plaques, asked for a brochure, and got the background information that way. The grounds have other buildings, including a blacksmith area, but it is set up more for school groups than those seeking detailed history of the house.
    Written 24 September 2021
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  • 4stevemandy
    Seal Beach, CA7,613 contributions
    It’s a small zoo, but is nice for something light. Monkeys are the main stars at this zoo! The giant anteaters are cool too! It’s very nicely shaded though most of the zoo too! A nice zoo for small children with playground and rides.
    Written 20 September 2020
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  • Lena K
    Fullerton, CA2,290 contributions
    Shopping at Santa Ana’s Main Place Mall is always an adventure. Not only are the big name stores such as, Macy’s, JC Penney’s, Disney Store, Forever 21 there, but also some uncommon eateries such as Boudin Bakery, Mrs. Bean Jianbing & Genki Sushi. There is a small play area where the little ones can let out some pent up energy. For Christmas, there is a whole set up based on “A Christmas Story” for Santa pictures!
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • Michael Huddy
    1 contribution
    Great exercise and coaches, I was pushed to my maximum ability by the parkour coaches. The floor is big enough for multiple people.
    Written 12 October 2020
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  • James Weaver
    Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
    I just sat down for a quick meal at a local McDonalds, a section of the Orange County Register newspaper had been left behind. I normally do not read this paper, but something caught my eye. It was story about a lecture the next afternoon, a Saturday, given about the history of surfing in Orange County. Just then, my schedule changed. I thought that this would be interesting to attend. It was one of those hot days that come unexpectedly. Found the location and after parking, walked into a world of my youth. Valencia Orange trees with fruit, a two story wood home, vegetable garden and more. Taking me back 60 years, to my Grand parents days in Anaheim, on the corner of Orange and Brookhurst Streets. Where they once owned a large Orange grove and Avocado Orchard. The Heritage Museum was filled with costumed actors, playing roles such as silver mine owners selling shares in their company, police and other officials. Oranges from the property were for sale at 20 cents each. Great taste, great value and an especially great treat. I highly recommend for an afternoon of historical celebration and remarkable fun.
    Written 6 July 2019
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  • Zarings3
    Colorado69 contributions
    We stopped by the Blinking Owl to check out the distillery. We sat at the bar and chatted with the very friendly young bartender. I did the tasters and my husband had a version of a Manhattan that was amazing. Try the orange vodka for sure!!
    Written 21 August 2018
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  • Lisa B
    2 contributions
    I am so disappointed in Fairhaven. My dad who is disabled went to visit my mom’s grave on her birthday only to find her grave plate covered in a huge mound of dirt. Apparently there was a burial a few yards away and someone thought it was okay to cover my mom’s grave in dirt. At least they could have looked at her plaque to realize that it was her birthday. My dad was in tears! It ruined his already difficult day. You should be ashamed at your lack of respect!
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • andrewhale80
    Fort Wayne, IN24 contributions
    Stopped in to try some of their house brews. Had a decent variety and of the three I ordered all were good. Small place, and a little hard to find but worth it.
    Written 13 February 2019
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  • frances2day
    Orange County, CA11 contributions
    First Saturday of every month is Art Walk and all doors are open, artists exhibit their work outside, food is everywhere. A nice time for artisans to come and experience the place.
    Written 26 April 2016
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  • siouxsy
    Tustin, CA1,089 contributions
    Checked out the museum at its temporary location. The collection was great. Small but definitely worth visiting. Free admission.
    Written 7 March 2020
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  • TooMuch2Do
    Laguna Niguel, CA402 contributions
    If you took a walk during jury duty in Santa Ana, you might have strolled by this striking, historic house. I've always wanted to tour it, but there are limited days and hours. When it was open on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, I put it on my calendar. There was plenty of metered parking on the street nearby. It's a lovingly restored Queen Anne Victorian lived in by husband and wife doctors in the late 1880's. Docents were on hand to answer questions and offered tidbits of information not in the detailed brochure for the self-guided tour. Highlights for me were the woodwork, piano and organ, and the outfitted medical office. The life stories of the doctors were fascinating as well. The day we visited a woman was carding and spinning wool, so we got a chance to try it out. We also bought some local apple butter from a vendor. They have special events for holidays that I will definitely look into.
    Written 24 September 2021
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  • Kenneth L
    Los Angeles, CA422 contributions
    We are members of the affiliated Bowers Museum and after our recent visit, we walked the two blocks to Kidseum. Although we are grownup children, we enjoyed our visit. The theme was Chess with large chess pieces, several chess sets set up (but no one was playing), those plywood cutouts where you stick you head through for photos. I was almost too big for the slide. We stayed about a half hour and had fun.
    Written 6 October 2018
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