My kids had an amazing time at the media preview for Bubblefest which is back at the Discovery Cube OC now through April 12, 2015. The adults did, too! I’ve heard about Bubblefest and the show for years but had never gotten around to trying it out. I think the whole family is hooked now.
Plan to spend at least two hours experiencing Bubblefest, plus at least another hour or two in the rest of the museum. When you purchase tickets for Bubblefest, you will need to pick a time to watch the show, and do plan to get in line for the theatre early for the best seating choices.
The outdoor Bubblefest activities are less likely to be crowded early in the day, and on a return trip I would plan on going to the first (members get an extra discount for the first show each day) or second show of the day and use the time before or after the show to enjoy all of the Bubblefest activities.
Spending time indoors exploring the current museum exhibits – including the National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers and LEGO Travel Adventure exhibits covered by Michele here is a great way to cool down and enjoy some air conditioning after all of the outdoor Bubblefest fun.
- Deni Yang is amazing! I could watch his jaw-dropping bubble and laser show all day. He demonstrates so many awe-inspiring bubble tricks and effects and fills the theatre with bubbles many times, then tops it all off with an amazing laser light and bubble finale. It seemed like the entire theatre – kids and adults alike – were gasping and cheering in amazement at all of the amazing bubble tricks and special effects
- Super fun event for the whole family with tons of outdoor bubble-related activities
- You get to experience the first area of the new Discovery Cube OC expansion project that’s finally open to visitors . . . the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater. It’s open for Bubblefest and will reopen with new exhibits this summer.
- Bubble Rollers Water Spheres – where you can see what it’s like to roll around a large pool in a giant bubble (this activity was a definite favorite with my kids). No concerns about getting wet here, as kids are completely encased in a cool plastic “bubble.”
- An inflatable play zone which includes a bounce house and a large inflatable slide
- Bubble Zone – a hands-on play area where you can try your hand at making giant bubbles, experiment with a huge bubble wall, learn about the flow of liquids and make fun discoveries about the science of bubbles
- 5 & Under Bubble Zone – a special area for smaller kids to learn all about and play with bubbles
- Bubblefest is running only until April 12th!
- Bubblefest is an extra charge on top of regular admission.
- The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show is an amazing, very immersive (bubbles and special lighting everywhere!) experience lasting approximately 40-45 minutes that may be too intense for very small kids. At times the theatre is completely dark, and at other times there is special laser lighting punctuated by loud and exciting music. My four-year-old needed to sit on my lap the whole time. He loved the show and was amazed by the bubble tricks, but he needed that extra reassurance. Kids are able to sit down on the floor right up front close and personal to the stage, but towards the end of the show the lasers and bubbles do get amazingly intense and could cause some kids to panic if they aren’t close to their parents. The floor does get pretty slippery during the show, so take extra care when leaving the theatre.
- Bring cash for parking ($5) – depending on when you arrive (early is best), you could end up being a bit of a walk away from the Discovery Cube once you’ve parked. Close parking is very limited.
- Leave the stroller at home if you can – small spaces make it awkward to try and navigate most of the Discovery Cube OC exhibits. With very small kids, a backpack with supplies and a baby carrier would be the easiest way to experience things. Kids of walking age should be alright, as the exhibits aren’t too big and are pretty manageable for little walkers.
- Smaller kids might get a little overzealous and get wet and bubbly experiencing some of the outdoor Bubblefest activities. If your little one tends to get messy, you will want to come prepared with some extra clothes.
- Discovery Cube OC general admission and a Bubblefest ticket are required to experience all Bubblefest activities, including the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show.
- Food Trucks! A rotating selection of OC food trucks will be on hand daily adding some delicious food options – available exclusively to Bubblefest ticket holders. (5% of all food truck purchases are being donated to the museum, so you can fill up and help out at the same time.)
- NON-MEMBERS: General admission is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Bubblefest tickets are an additional $7.
- MEMBERS: Entry is free for Discovery Cube Members and just $5 for Bubblefest tickets.
- Children 2 and under are free, but must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
- Parking is $5 per vehicle – cash only
- The Discovery Cube OC will be open from 9am – 6pm daily for the duration of Bubblefest
- For more information, such as Mega Bubblefest Laser Show showtimes, to learn about becoming a member, or to purchase tickets ahead of time, please visit the Discovery Cube OC’s website
- For more in-depth information on Bubblefest, check out the FAQ
- Learn more about the amazing Deni Yang
Disclaimer: My family and I received complimentary admission as part of a media preview in order to experience Bubblefest.
Photo credit: Lisa Lasater