The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at The California Science Center l Opens on March 10!

Dead Sea Scrolls California Science Center

The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display.

During this special exhibition from March 8 – September, visitors will explore both the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the technology that is used to preserve them today.

According to Wikipedia, “The Dead Sea Scrolls, in the narrow sense of Qumran Caves Scrolls, are a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves from the immediate vicinity of the ancient settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the West Bank. The caves are located about 2 kilometres inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name.

Dead Sea Scrolls California Science Center

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The texts are of great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the second oldest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious thought in late Second Temple Judaism. There are only two silver scrolls which contain biblical text and are older than the Dead Sea Scrolls; they were excavated in Jerusalem at Ketef Hinnom and date from around 600 BCE.  Most of the texts are written in Hebrew, with some in Aramaic (in different regional dialects, including Nabataean), and a few in Greek.”

Additional highlights include:

  • See sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which more than half have never seen before in the United States before.
  • A 3-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall
  • Limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000-586 BCE)
  • Ossuaries from the early Roman period
  • An ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal

COST:  Admission to the California Science Center is FREE.   However, the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit is a ticketed event.  Tickets are only valid for a specified admission date and time with entry times starting at 10:00am.  The last entry time is 3:30pm.

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition Pricing is:

  • Adults 18+ $19.75
  • Children (4-12) $12.75
  • Seniors 60+ $16.75
  • Students with School I.D. $16.75

Audio guides and an IMAX movie are available for an additional fee.

Groups Reservations: A minimum of 15 people required.  Must make reservations in advance by calling (213) 744-2019.  A $25.00 deposit applies to all groups.  Groups receive one (1) complimentary chaperone ticket for every fifteen (15) sold.

PARKING: $10.00 for all day parking

Dead Sea Scrolls California Science Center

photo credit: Jengod

While you are at The California Science Center make sure to check out the cool science exhibits and the amazing Endeavor space shuttle as well.  These items alone are worth a visit!

In preparation for your visit, I created a Dead Sea Scroll’s Pinterest Board specifically with activities, crafts and history lessons for your family!  I hope you enjoy it!

Follow SoCal Field Trips’s board Dead Sea Scrolls Activities on Pinterest

Happy Field Tripping,


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.

Giveaway to The Irvine Park Railroad Easter Extravaganza, March 14 – April 14!

Irvine Park Railroad

The Easter Bunny is coming to The Irvine Park Railroad and we will be there as a family to meet him!  Won’t you join us?  On Saturday, March 14th through Saturday, April 4th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

Children and adults can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park. And, children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt. Each egg will be filled with candy or a prize.

Irvine Park Railroad

Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt.  Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale.

Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visit for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs.

Irvine Park Railroad

For the cost of $10.00, children can meet and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. This cost includes a complimentary photo that will be taken by Irvine Park Railroad staff. Each additional print of the same photo is $6.00. Photos will be printed in a few, short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth.

Irvine Park Railroad

There will be other activities to enjoy during the Easter Eggstravaganza including:

  • hay rides
  • a moon bounce
  • face painting

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  • Easter cookie decorating
  • carnival games
  • picture stands and a lot more

Irvine Park Railroad

Please visit for full details including costs.

While at Irvine Regional Park, be sure and visit the parks other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides and the Orange County Zoo.

Parking costs $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.

Irvine Park Railroad is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

Enter to win a family prize package to this year’s Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza!  One lucky winner will receive:

  • 6 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park surrey rental (excludes the double surrey)
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

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Rules: US Residents Only.  No purchase necessary to enter.   One winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email.  Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter.  The prize package will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

Happy Field Tripping!


Disclosure: We are receiving complimentary admission help facilitate this post.  All points of view are always 100% my own!  All pictures copyrighted and used by permission from The Irvine Park Railroad.

FREE Books Come To Life Event! I Plus an appearance by “Olivia” the Pig


Come one, come all to the Simon Kidgit Club Books Come to Life event taking place this Saturday, February 28 at three locations in Orange County!  Experience the magic of reading with your whole family.

The Brea Mall, Westminster Mall and The Shops at Mission Viejo are each hosting an annual Book Blast event and inviting parents and children to bring books to life through special read-aloud sessions, giveaways and story-inspired activities.

The events will be taking place at Orange County Simon Malls at the following locations and times:

  • The Shops at Mission Viejo: Event runs from 10 a.m. to noon on the center’s upper level near the Play Area.  Book Blast event activities will kick off with an exciting read-aloud session of the “Olivia” book series, followed by a character appearance from “Olivia” the pig herself, who will pose for photos with families.  Children’s crafts and special retailer activities will be available as well.
  • Westminster Mall: Event runs from 10 a.m. to noon on the center’s lower level in Target Court.
  • Brea Mall: Event runs from noon to 2 p.m. in Center Court.

Simon is also teaming up with Better World Books to provide Kidgits Club members who attend the event with a pre-loved book and Kidgits seat cushion to take home, while supplies last.

In addition, families are encouraged to bring a gently used book to the event at The Shops at Mission Viejo, to be donated to a local charity.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8.  Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities.  For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit

Happy Reading!


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.  Photo copyrighted and used by permission from Simon Malls.

The New Dinosaur Hall at The Natural History Museum in LA!

photo credit: Allie Caulfield

photo credit: Allie Caulfield

The Natural History Museum, one of my all time favorite museums in LA, opened their new Dinosaur Hall back in 2011.  Last spring, my family and I had the opportunity to check it out and it was AMAZING!  This all-new, 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall is twice the size of the Museum’s old dinosaur galleries.  On display is over 300+ fossils and 20 complete dinosaurs and ancient sea creatures.

Natural History Museum

photo credit: Allie Caulfield

Here are some cold hard facts about the exhibit, literally! (source:

  • One of the centerpieces of the exhibit is the T. rex growth series — the only trio of different aged T. rex specimens in the world.
  • One of the great things about the Dinosaur Hall is how close the design lets you get to the fossils!  Look a Triceratops in the eye, or walk under the neck of a 68-foot Mamenchisaurus that’s longer than a city bus!
  • All 20 of the complete dinosaur and sea creature mounts have either never been on display before, or have been re-posed according to the latest research. Many were discovered in the last several years by the Museum’s in-house Dinosaur Institute.
  • The Dinosaur Hall doesn’t just have fossils. The exhibition is also packed with multi-media stations where you can “excavate” specimens and watch never-before-seen footage of a real dinosaur hunting expedition.

On Thursdays and over the weekend, NHM hosts the Dinosaur Encounters Show!  Dinosaurs come to life as realistic T. rex and Triceratops large-scale puppets capture the imaginations of young audiences.  Families learn together about dinosaur anatomy, possible behavior and movement.  This show is FREE with the cost of admission.

Natural History Museum

photo credit: David Leigh Ellis

In addition to the new Dinosaur Hall, there are many other exhibits to see at the NHM:

  • The traveling exhibit Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art, Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex.  This colorful exhibit showcases more than 1,200 works including masks, textiles, sculptures, yarn paintings, clay animals, and religious and political altarpieces representing 22 countries throughout Latin America, as well as Spain and Portugal.
  • Get hands-on and up close and personal with live animals in the Nature Lab.
  • The Butterfly Pavilion – opening in April 2015
  • The Gem and Mineral Hall displays more than 2,000 spectacular specimens within two large galleries that comprise what is considered to be one of the finest exhibits of gems and minerals in the world.
  • And so much more

Four times a year the Natural History Museum also hosts Homeschool Days!  Homeschool Days are FREE for “any student receiving academic instruction at home for grades PreK (2 years old) through Grade 12 and his/her educators.”  Furthermore, they offer additional fun classes to enhance your child’s visit.

There are two remaining Homeschool Days for the 2014-2015 school year!

Bugs and Botany
Monday April 20, 2015

Art and Nature
Wednesday June 17, 2015

So the next time you are in LA, make a day of it, and visit the Natural History Museum!

Happy Field Tripping,


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are my own.

10 Savvy Entertainment Deals + $5 off Living Social (Whale Watching, Circus Vargus, Aquarium)

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How do you like SoCal Field Trip’s new series entitled “10 Savvy Entertainment Deals” so far?  What have you enjoyed?  What type of events do you want to see more of?  Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below, because our goal is to tailor this series to what YOU, our readers, want to see!  Thank you for your insight.

Over the weekend, several new entertainment deals came through my inbox.  Here are a few of the events that I would personally enjoy doing with my family.

Before you peruse though, know that right now on Living Social you can get $5 off a purchase of $15 or more when you use the code ACADEMY.  This offer is valid February 23rd between 12:00 p.m ET and 11:59 p.m. ET in the US only.

1. $18 Ticket to see “Seussical the Musical”, Fullerton or Redondo Beach ~ The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and Mayzie La Bird, along with other favorite Dr. Seuss characters unite for a production of storybook proportions in “Seussical the Musical.”  This musical is all about the power of friendship, loyalty, and family, and community.

2. $14 to go Whale Watching with Ocean Explorer Cruises, Newport Beach ~ December to May marks the start of Gray Whale Migration, meaning there’s no better time to spot majestic creatures like blue whales, finback whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions. $25 ($72 value) for a whale-watching cruise for two OR $14 ($36 value) for a whale-watching cruise for one.

3. $13 Ticket to “Arlequin” by Circus Vargas, San Diego ~ Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza that thrills and enchants children of all ages, when Circus Vargas presents its 2015 edition — “Arlequin.” Steeped in tradition and filled with everything from aerialists, acrobats, and clowns to the nostalgic Americana of circus’s past, this show is dedicated to captivating its audiences.

4. $49 Ticket to “Wicked” @ Hollywood Pantages Theater, Los Angeles –  Awe-inspiring and spectacular, “WICKED” is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious, and very popular. “WICKED” tells the enthralling musical story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

5. $20 for Five All-Day Bounce Sessions @ Frogg’s Bounce House ($50 Value), Fountain Valley ~ We love Frogg’s Bounce House!  Founded by a mom to give fellow parents a safe, fun place for their kids to play and exercise, Frogg’s Bounce House entertains all ages.  Apart from its inflatable slides and obstacles, the jump emporium also boasts train tables, books, building blocks, a play house, fun cars, and a toddler gym for wee ones.  Older siblings can play air-hockey, race through an obstacle course, or catch a flick in the movie lounge.

6. $32.50 Ticket to see “South Pacific @ Cal State Long, Long Beach – With its hothouse emotions and lush melodies, this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical has melted the hearts of audiences for over 60 years. At once a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific tells the story of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime, a situation as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

7. $19.50 to Attend The Marvel Experience: Attractions & Action, San Diego ~ Soar with superheroes at The Marvel Experience, a next-generation hyper-reality tour that immerses you in the comic-book universe of Spidey, Iron Man, Hulk and more. Upon entering San Diego’s Del Mar Fairgrounds, you’ll be designated an official recruit of S.H.I.E.L.D. and sent on a planet-saving mission to battle the agents of Hydra.

8. $42 Family Membership or $6 Admission to Lyon Air Museum, Tustin ~ From military motorcycles — including one that’s half tank — to high-flying airplanes from decades ago, Lyon Air Museum houses some of the rarest aircraft you’ll find.  There are also a few cars and military vehicles, which make for one fascinating stroll through this space.

9. $17 Single-Day Admission or $50 Family Membership to Museum of Tolerance (Up to 50% Off), Los Angeles ~ Since 1993, the Museum of Tolerance has encouraged visitors to contemplate the effects of intolerance with interactive exhibits on the Holocaust as well as present-day discrimination.  The guided, 70-minute sound-and-light presentation at the Holocaust exhibit recreates Nazi-occupied Europe, and the Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves exhibit showcases diversity through the personal histories of several American celebrities, including Billy Crystal and Carlos Santana.

10. $7 – $14 Afternoon Admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific For Any Weekday, Long Beach ~ The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach celebrates the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean, from the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific to the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with and touch the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds and watch Magellanic penguins play.

Happy Field Tripping,