Have you ever seen a field or yard that just needed a little color? That’s where a seed bomb comes into play. Bound with clay and fertilizer, an vast assortment of wild flower seeds are formed into a ball that can then be chucked (or optionally launched with a slingshot available at Oddyssea Inside.) Come on down, roll a few seed bombs, let them dry, then let them fly!
In addition to Seed Bombs, we will also be offering these activities over the weekend:
All activities are on the doubloon system. Doubloons are available for purchase at Oddyssea Inside Shop.
We hope to see you this weekend!
Local maritime author JoAnn Semones will be launching her fourth book, “Pirates, Pinnacles and Petticoats: Shipwrecks of Point Pinos and Monterey Bay.” in the Oddyssea Outside Garden on Saturday, April 18th at 6-7:30pm. Her prior titles include “Shipwrecks, Scalawags, and Scavengers,” “Hard Luck Coast,” and “Sea of Troubles.” A work of JoAnn’s you might not have seen yet is the “Odyssey of the Oceane” which is the story of the ship wrecked in the Oddyssea Outside Garden. The story has been carefully stamped onto copper plates mounted on the stern of the Oceane.
We’re delighted to host this event and hope that you will pick up a copy of “Pirates, Pinnacles, and Petticoats” either at the launch or at one of our fine local independent book sellers. We love every chance we get to engage with JoAnn and can tell you this is a chance not to be missed. JoAnn will be offering her latest novel for sale at the event and will read excerpts from the work. If you ask nicely, she might even sign your copy!
When: April 18th, 6-7:30pm
Where: Oddyssea Outside Garden, 601 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
One of the things we’ve lamented in our 3 years of operation in downtown Half Moon Bay is that the town just goes “dead” around 5pm. That’s good for neither locals nor visitors. A group of businesses have partnered with the Half Moon Bay Chamber to create a series of opportunities to make that better this summer. The last Friday of each month will now feature an event called Passegiatta (an Italian tradition of the stroll after drinks and dinner.) Along with many other businesses, we’ll be open until 9pm on these Passegiatta nights and we’ll do something fun to celebrate each month. You can get all the details below.
Just the Facts:
EVENT NAME: Passeggiata (pronounced – päs-sād-ˈjä-tä )
An Italian term denoting going for a “stroll” following a meal to meet up with friends and neighbors.
PURPOSE: To create a fun evening open to locals and visitors alike and highlighting the businesses of the Coast.
WHAT: A restaurant and retail event along the Coast once monthly during the summer that encourages patrons to visit several restaurants and/or shops.
WHEN: Last Friday of the month, May through September from 6-9pm (May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25)
WHERE: From the Harbor to Cameron’s this year.
HOW: Patrons purchase a Passaporto good at participating restaurants and retail stores.
We’ve always enjoyed sand and we wanted to be able to share that love with our visitors at Oddyssea. So, we’ve created a dedicated Sand Art station where one can create their own masterpiece by selecting a bottle and then using 15 different “safe” sands to layer and/or mix and then cap the whole thing off with a cork. Each Sand Art bottle is unique and lovely.
We’ve seen visitors polish off a Sand Art project in 5 minutes or carefully consider each layer and pattern taking hours. Whatever time you choose to invest, it’s a fun activity and we hope you’ll try it! Sand Art is available in the Oddyssea Outside Garden – check our Events page for open days/hours and available activities.
If for some reason you’re not able to visit Oddyssea, we will be making a Sand Art Kit available at Oddyssea Online so you can take the fun to go.
Geodes are secondary geological structures formed when water flows through cracks and crevices in rocks depositing minerals, specifically Calcium Carbonate. Over millions of years, crystals form in these holes and encapsulate a mystical, hollow, crystalline world. A world you can only see when you open the rock to see what’s inside. Each geode is unique.
At Oddyssea, we have a dedicated geode station equipped with safety glasses, a stable platform, and a hammer to give you the fun and adventure of smashing open your very own geode. Our experienced staff are onsite and can help guide you toward the optimal breaking experience. Once you have your geode open, you can examine it with a magnifying glass or microscope. Gather the pieces up, place them in a burlap treasure bag, and you’re good to go.
Not able to make it to our activity and adventure area? No problem, we also have a Break Your Own Geode Kit available at Oddyssea Online.
Making jewelry can be time consuming, exacting, and complicated. We appreciate the fine craftsmanship that goes into this sort of jewelry and offer many different shapes and styles that conform to this mode. However, we also believe that it’s possible to simply curate – select the absolute best specimens of rocks for instance – and to couple those specimens with a very simple setting and you can create something magical too.
That’s the genesis of this activity, Earth’s Treasure Necklace. We provide a combination of three different settings, brass, copper, or steel, to use as the mount for the best rock specimen you select. Our rock selection is a little different each day as we only select the best candidates for use in the activity. On any given day, one might find quartz, amethyst, citrine, pyrite, opalite, kyanite, jasper, or many others from our dozens of rocks we discover and acquire for the shop.
This activity is great for yourself or to give as a gift and is available frequently. Make sure to check out the Events page for current Oddyssea Outside hours and activities.
Do you want to send an S.O.S. to the world? How about a love letter? What about a wish?
Whatever message you want to send, we at Oddyssea have created a Message in a Bottle station so you can create something one-of-a-kind. After all, someone might find your bottle in 100 years!
We have bottle choices, paper choices, pens, pencils, a manual typewriter, and other special ingredients you can select from to create just the right Message in a Bottle. We also have sealing wax that will extend the natural life of the cork stopper to allow for maximum float time. If you enclose one of our tracer papers, anyone who finds their bottle will be able to log the date, time, and location of your bottle when it’s found.
You can launch your bottle in the the nearby Pacific (no need to worry, each ingredient is organic and will eventually breakdown safely) keep it on a shelf, or give it as a gift. The fun of creation and the choice of how it’s used are entirely up to you. This is a standard activity available at Oddyssea Outside. Check the Events page for current open days/hours.
Before we even settled on the concept of Oddyssea, picked a name, had a space, or anything other than a gleam in our eyes, we knew we wanted something like an “adventure kit.” It’s been on our to-do list for some time and has proven more difficult to create than we’d anticipated. We’ve been testing our Coastal Adventure Kit, a collection of objects to help you explore 6 of our favorite places on the San Mateo Coast and slowly improving it with each iteration. We’re not quite ready to take the wraps off that project – yet.
So, we thought we’d use some of the same gear and techniques to create a treasure hunt in the Oddyssea Outside Garden on a much smaller scale. This is an adventure that can be completed in less than an hour rather than the full-day commitment of the Coastal Adventure Kit. Starting today, you’ll be able to engage in the hunt for treasure outside, solve 4 puzzles, and if your quest is successful, collect some booty.
In order to be successful, you’ll need some basic reading comprehension, the ability to determine directions from a magnetic compass, some comparison and identification skills, and finally, a little patience when working in the dirt. We’ve tried it, we think it’s fun and we hope you’ll give it a whirl too.
The Oddyssea Outside Garden is open Friday/Saturday 10a-6p and Sunday 11a-5p this spring.
Geodes are secondary geological structures formed when water flows through cracks and crevices in rocks depositing minerals, specifically Calcium Carbonate. Over millions of years, crystals form in these holes and encapsulate a mystical, hollow, crystalline world. A world you can only see when you crack open the rock to see what’s inside. Each geode is unique.
Our kit includes three geodes from Morocco, cracking instructions, a hammer, safety goggles, and a 4″ magnifying glass packaged in an attractive gift box. This is a perfect gift for any intrepid explorer, rock hound, or naturally curious person.
Makes a great gift! Get yours in the shop or at Oddyssea Online today.
In January we started experimenting with Mineral of the Month kits and now in March, we’re introducing our third generation attempt with the March Mineral of the Month Terrarium Kit. These are available at Oddyssea in Half Moon Bay or in our Online Shop (FREE shipping.)
This kit comes complete with everything you or your intended recipient need to create a beautiful tillandsia (air plant) terrarium. This kit is centered around a mineral, red jasper, an opaque form of chalcedony described in Germanic and Viking legends. It symbolizes Justice, Stability, and Protection.
The ornament used for this kit is a hand-blown orb measuring 5″ in diameter suitable for hanging (ribbon included) or placing on a flat display surface. A lovely tillandsia, sand, moss, and a one-of-a-kind tumbled red jasper specimen is included in the kit. Instructions for plant care and kit assembly are included as well.
The entire kit is packaged in an attractive gift box. This kit can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States and will only be available in the month of March, 2015 or until our limited supplies are exhausted.