Cut flowers in a vase, delivered. Yep, that’s another original, memorable, and thoughtful Mother’s Day experience, right?
Why not change things up a little?
Here’s an idea, come out to Half Moon Bay for the day.
Part 1, go out to Cowell Ranch State Beach and meander down the long lane to the bluff. Wander toward the south and see if the seal colony is frolicking. Bonus: go to the west part of the bluff and take the long stairway down to the beach and see if you can find the bollards used to secure ships when loading lumber in the cove. Locals know that if you come at sunrise or dusk, there are numerous little rabbits darting hither and fro across the access lane.
Part 2, come to Oddyssea Outside and sit down in our garden with your Mom to make something. A Message in a Bottle, a necklace, or a terrarium. They’re fun to do and in addition to the experience of creating with your Mom, you get to take away something to remember the day by. Bonus: Challenge Mom to a race on the world’s largest marble run, Cannonball run – it will put a smile on her face. Locals know to visit the Garden between 12-4.
Part 3, book a table at one of our wonderful local eateries and you’ve got a great day for Mom. There are plenty of options for this, but one of our favorites is Its Italia. Bonus: Visit the hidden garden courtyard inside the restaurant. Locals know that the staff is there to please and can satisfy nearly dietary requirement.
Don’t forget to snap some photos while you’re visiting!
And, if Mom isn’t local and you do need to send her a little something, why not a Do-it-yourself Terrarium Kit in a gift box? We can get it to her in plenty of time and she’ll have a ball putting it together.
Whatever you choose to do, tell Mom you love her and thank her for everything.
If you’ve been following our progress at all, you’ve observed we do things over time, slowly attempting to refine and improve them over each day. We’re proud to report that this process has reached a milestone with Cannonball Run, the world’s largest marble run/gravitam.
On May 19th (coinciding nicely with 2016’s first Passegiatta) we will have a professional surveyor make the official measurements of the machine, we’ll have a videographer record the measurements and operation, we’re going to need two official witnesses, two designated racers, and we will award a lifetime free pass to race Cannonball Run to the person who most closely guesses the dimensions of the machine. All of this information will be submitted as part of our attempt to set the Guinness World Records standard for world’s largest marble run/gravitam.
We’re going to make it a party – from 5-7p the Garden (and the Shop) will be open for visits. We’ll have some food and drink, you can attempt any of the standard activities in the Garden, and Cannonball Run will be free to use for the entire party. At 5:30, we’ll have our official Racers and Witnesses kick off the attempt while it’s being recorded on video for posterity. You can be part of history by participating in the world record attempt.
Come on down and participate. How? Fill out one of our witness and/or racer application forms and enter your guess for the dimensions of Cannonball Run to win the lifetime racer card (no purchase necessary.) We will select and announce our witnesses and racers on May 12th. We will announce the winner of the Lifetime Racer card at 6p on May 19th at the event.
We hope to see YOU there.
The flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, frogs are croaking, and daylight hours are getting longer. That can mean only one thing, summer is right around the corner!
In preparation for the summer season, we thought we’d share summer hours sooner rather than later. These hours/days will be in effect May 30th to September 5th. Here are the highlights:
We hope you’ll take advantage of our summer hours to come out to Half Moon Bay and have some fun!
Once the summer season wanes, our hours will return to normal (Daily 11-5p, Closed Wednesday for the Shop and Open Sa/Su 11-5p for the Garden.
Have you ever been in a situation where you just needed a “little more power?” Vehicle stuck in a rut, ship stranded at sea with no propulsion, power outage when hosting a dinner party for VIPs? Well, here at Oddyssea Labs we’ve helped find solutions for these problems by putting the power of the atom in your pocket.
That’s right, we’ve cracked the atomic code in such a way that it can be transported easily and safely in pocket watch form. But wait, there’s more. Using our special adapters, this handy gadget can seamlessly plug into your car, your boat, your airplane, your drone, your home generator, or anywhere else you might need a little more power to provide that little extra boost to get you over the finish line.
In addition to a nearly limitless power supply, this device also acts as an atomic clock and compass.
Unfortunately, our supply is VERY limited and the Pocket Watch Reactor will be available only on April 1, 2016 while supplies last. Come on down and get your own Pocket Watch Reactor!
What do you get when you combine iron, a suspension medium, and magnetism? Ferrofluid! It’s pretty simple to make using this Oddyssea activity kit in the garden. Just mix the iron and the medium, stir well. Cap it. Then use your magnet to make it do all sorts of other worldly things. We’ve experimented with this substance in many different forms with many different results. What will you discover as you experiment? (Note: To be absolutely technically correct, ours is a Magnetorheological Fluid rather than a true ferrofluid as our particle size is not nano scale.)
The Oddyssea Garden has all sorts of fun things to see and do. During the winter period (Labor Day to Memorial Day) the Garden is open 12-4p on weekends (weather permitting) and during some holidays and school breaks. Activities are provided on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. As is fitting for a Garden with a resident shipwreck, activities are paid for using Doubloons (purchased in the shop nextdoor.)
Check the front page of our website for up-to-date information about the Garden (Twitter and Facebook too.) We hope to see you outside soon.
Batteries are modern marvels, and they’ve certainly advanced in the years since the Baghdad Battery to the point where large infrastructures and vehicles can use the energy stored in batteries for useful work. We’ve been fascinated with batteries for sometime and had that interest rekindled at one of the local schools science fair this year.
The result is the Oddyssea DIY Battery Kit where one combines common objects like pennies act as cathodes, zinc washers act as annodes, and common paper soaked in a vinegar electrolyte enables current to flow. Fun stuff we think. We’ve added a low voltage LED light so that when your battery is correctly assembled you’ll have a visual signal of current. It’s something of a smaller and more subtle activity than we usually host in the garden, but we’re hoping you’ll enjoy it.
The garden is open 12-4p Sat/Sun weather permitting and this is but one of the fun things you can do when you visit. We hope to see you soon!
Sure, you can go buy an ornament to hang on the old tree, but why do that when you can make your very own? Our featured activity through Dec 24th is Holiday Ornament where your result is limited only by your imagination.
We provide you with a clear glass ornament, quick drying alcohol paints, colored pens, and the piece de resistance, canned air. Yep, you read that right. Our holiday ornaments call for the use of the paints inside the ornament and while they are still wet, blowing into the ornament with a quick blast or two of compressed air. This guarantees a beautiful and unique pattern for your ornament. You can further adorn your creation using colored pens on the outside of the ornament. Come on over and try it!
We will be open in the Garden weekends and selected weekdays through January 3rd, 2016. Check our holiday hours to see the schedule – this is, of course, weather permitting!
It’s not even Turkey Day yet and we’re talking about the holidays. REI is encouraging people to go outside on Black Friday (yay!) and other large outfits are causing waves with their “red cups.” It’s hard to remember that this is a time to say thanks for what we have and to celebrate time with our family and friends. We certainly cherish ours.
Meanwhile, since we are a business and some of you might want to visit during the silly season, we thought we’d give you some advanced notice about how this time of year will play out for Oddyssea. First, you can always go to Oddyssea Online for your fix of weird products by the ocean. Of course, we do love to see you and here are the hours for the physical shop during the holidays:
Nov 26th – Thanksgiving Day – Closed
Nov 27th – Black Friday – Shop 11-6p
Nov 28th – Small Business Saturday – Shop 10-6p
Nov 29th, 30th, Dec 1st, & 3rd. – Shop 11-5p
Dec 4th – Night of Lights – Shop 11-9p
Dec 5th – Shop 10-6p
Dec 6th, 7th, 8th, & 10th – Shop 11-5p
Dec 11th – Shop 11-6p
Dec 12th – Shop 10-6p – Garden Open 10a-Dusk – Weather permitting
Dec 13th – Shop 11-5p – Garden Open Dec 13th 1:30p-Dusk – Weather Permitting
Dec 14th, 15th, & 17th – Shop 11-5p
Dec 18th – Shop 11-6p
Dec 19th – Shop 10-6p – Garden Open 10a-Dusk – Weather permitting
Dec 20th, 21st, 22nd, & 23rd – Shop 11-6p – Garden Open 12-4p – Weather permitting
Dec 24th – Christmas Eve – Shop 9-3p
Dec 25th – Christmas Day – Closed
Dec 26th – Shop 10-6p – Garden Open 10a-Dusk – Weather permitting
Dec 27th – Shop 11-5p – Garden Open 11a-Dusk – Weather permitting
Dec 28th, 29th, & 30th – 11-5p – Garden Open 12-4p – Weather permitting
Dec 31st – New Year’s Eve – Shop 11-3p – Garden Open 12-3 – Weather permitting
Jan 1 – New Year’s Day – Closed
Jan 2 – Shop 10-6p – Garden Open 10a-Dusk – Weather permitting
Jan 3 – Shop 11-5p – Garden Open 11a-Dusk – Weather permitting
Jan 4 through Jan 8th – Closed
Jan 9th through Memorial Day Normal Winter Hours
The Oddyssea Garden will be open, weather permitting, Saturday 10a-Dusk and Sunday 11a-Dusk through Memorial Day.
From all of us at Oddyssea, we do wish you a joyous, relaxing, and meaningful holiday season.
One of the things we’ve always tried to do at Oddyssea is to make our activities informative and fun. With our November featured activity, we think we might have hit the nail on the head: Fortune Pearl.
Each freshwater oyster has been specially cultivated to insure that there is a pearl inside. But, you have to open the oyster to determine the size, shape, and color of your pearl. Now, since pearls can be valuable, we think of these as a “small fortune.” But wait, there’s more, we also wanted to inject some fun into the activity so we also include a cookie like “fortune” hand harvested from our resident oracle, Zoltar the Great.
Once you have your pearl and your fortune, package them up in a micro glass bottle with a cork and you’re good to go!
Oddyssea Outside Garden is open weekends throughout the school year (weather permitting) and we offer many different activities and adventures each week. Come on over for a visit!
It’s difficult to believe, but Pumpkin Festival is upon is once again. Yes, that time of year when orange rules and 200,000 of our closest friends come to visit Half Moon Bay for the Pumpkin Festival.
This year, we’re going to do something a little different from our prior Festival years. First off, Oddyssea Inside, the shop, will be closed on October 17/18 during the Festival. However, the Garden, Oddyssea Outside, will be open for the entire Festival 9a-5p both days and here’s what we’ll be doing:
We’re pretty excited by the line-up and hope you are too. As a reminder, the Garden runs on the Doubloon system. Doubloons purchased previously are always good in the Garden (as are Doubloons purchased at the Festival valid for future usage.) At the Festival, we will be selling 2 packs for $6, 4 packs for $10, and 8 packs for $20. All activities are 2 Doubloons (Cannonball Run uses two racers for 1 Doubloon each) Drinks and Candy are 1 Doubloon, and Activity Kits To Go are 8 Doubloons.
We hope you come out this year and get your Pumpkin On! Look for the Jolly Roger flying in a garden with a shipwreck to find us (or, use a boring old GPS and punch in 601 Main St.)