We went to the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum today since we were in the area for a Lowe's visit. Santa Maria is part of Santa Barbara county but since we live in South County area of San Luis Obispo county, it's only a 20 minute drive for us. 

It's the holiday season so the inside of the museum was decked with Christmas decorations! To our surprise, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were there too! We came on a special holiday event and were able to get our kids to take a picture with them!

This children's museum is one story and also had a craft area. Because it was a special event day there, the kids were also able to decorate their own sugar cookies in the back private room. The lay-out of the entire space looked very organized and well-kept.

I especially liked the fresh garden area where it seems that you can scoop a plant in a cup and bring it home.

We didn't bring home a plant because our boys were so busy exploring every station and I thought we were going to come back to it at the end and had forgotten about it. I also thought the treehouse was very neat; which is where kids can pick a book from a bookshelf and enjoy some reading time up there.

There's also an area for the little ones aged 0 - 3 years old to enjoy age-appropriate toys and stations.

They offered military and veteran's discounts on admission to the museum so do mention it if you are active-duty or a vet. Address of Santa Maria Valley Discovery Center: 705 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA 93454