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.)
A few months ago one of our visitors suggested we look into work of Christopher Marley and we’re thankful for the recommendation. Mr. Marley creates stunning installations using natural products like insects and shells. Once we saw his work, we knew we wanted to feature his work in the shop at some point.
Suffice to say, that point is now. Through the end of the year, we’re hosting a half dozen works featuring sea shells and insects on the wall of our Create Room inside the shop. We encourage you to come check out Marley’s work first-hand; while the images are compelling, they pale in comparison to the in-person experience.
The shop is open 11a-5p Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10a-6p Saturday.
Visitors to Oddyssea have been doing great things with the DIY Dog Tags – a metal stamping activity – so we decided to try another medium.
You can choose from one of three different bracelet/gauntlet blanks and then design your own pattern to emboss on the blank using the letters/numbers and 20 specialty leather stamps at the station. Early reports are that visitors love this activity because it’s fun, forgiving, and you can complete it in virtually any time span.
In addition to the Leather Bracelet, we have many other activities on tap including: Mining for Treasure, Break your own Geode, Cannonball Run, Polaroid in the Garden, Sand Art, Message in Bottle, Archeology Dig, Metal Detector Rental, DIY Dog Tags, Terrarium Buffet, Mason Jar Lantern, DIY Catapult, and DIY Kaleidoscope. Check the main Oddyssea web page for current garden hours.
We are delighted to share that 2015 Summer Hours for the Oddyssea Garden will be in effect until September 7th, 2015 (Labor Day.) That means that on Saturday, the shop and garden will be open 10a-6p. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday the shop and garden will be open 11a-5p. As usual, both are closed on Wednesdays.
We hope you’ll join us to squeeze the last juice out of this summer!
Please do visit the website prior to a visit to make sure that there are no weather or private event closures for the garden.
We’ve had a ton of fun with activities in the Oddyssea Garden and one of the things we’ve wanted to add for some time was a bath salts project. In addition to providing you the opportunity to concoct your own bath salts, we wanted to provide a means to package them in a manner appropriate for gifting (or simply enjoying if you’re doing them for yourself!)
Thus, we are happy to introduce the Oddyssea DIY Bath Salts Kit. Come out to the garden and practice some bath salt alchemy with our fresh, organic ingredients. Then, once you’re happy with what you made, give them to a friend or loved one to enjoy!
We hope you’ll enjoy this activity as much as we enjoyed assembling and testing it.
In addition to the featured Bath Salts activity, we have another couple dozen on the menu you can try including Cannonball Run. Summer hours 11a-5p Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, and 10a-6p Saturday carry forward through August 18th.
We are honored and delighted to be able to host Sam’s Chowder House’s Chowder Mobile Friday July 31, 2015 for Passegiatta, 6-8p. If you haven’t experienced the culinary delights of the Chowder Mobile, don’t walk, run to the Oddyssea Garden and get your chow on. This food truck was voted “Best Food Truck” by the folks at Bay Area A-List in 2015 and we can tell you, that title was earned and well deserved.
Fresh fish and chips, lobster rolls, Po’ Boys, calamari, and of course, delicious clam chowder are on the menu. Read more about what’s typically available here at the ChowderMobile web site. We had the good fortune to have the Chowder Mobile in the garden in May for a private event and found the food delicious and the crew a bunch of fun.
What could be better than great food from Sam’s, a stroll along Main Street in historic downtown Half Moon Bay, and all the fun activities and adventures offer in our garden? We hope to see you on Friday July 31, 2015 so you can experience the Chowder Mobile first-hand.
Please note: The Passegiatta Passaporto is valid at Sam’s on Highway 1, but cannot be used with the Chowder Mobile.
What’s 20 feet tall, looks like something Rube Goldberg might have dreamed up, very noisy, and can provide you with a great upper body workout?
Cannonball Run of course!
Oddyssea’s latest addition will be available for a sneak preview tomorrow night during Passegiatta from 6-9p. Come on down and take a spin (literally.) It is a race, so it’s best to bring a friend. If you’re under 12 years of age, you’re going to need a spinning partner on your wheel too.
That’s tomorrow, June 26th, 6-9p during Passegiatta.
School is out, the fog is in, camps and trips are scheduled. That must mean Summer is Here! It certainly is at Oddyssea and we’re going to keep the Oddyssea Garden and Shop open the same hours to celebrate the season. From June 15th to August 20th we’re in Summer Hour mode.
That means on Saturday, the Shop and Garden will be open 10a-6p. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday the Shop and Garden will be open 11a-5p.
Now, the fine print: The Garden hours CAN be affected weather or private parties so PLEASE check the website, Twitter, or Facebook for the latest information.
Also, on the last Friday of June, July, August, and September, we’ll be open from 11a-9p for Passegiatta Nights.
We hope you have a great summer!
At Oddyssea we are forever collecting, curating, and displaying things. Interesting things. Odd things. Fundamentally, things we like. Recently Ellen started experimenting with displaying her treasures by hanging them on driftwood and we really liked the result – the Odd Bauble.
With this fun activity, you carefully select curios from our extensive collection and find just the right way to hang them on a piece of driftwood. While we have cool stuff, you might too and you’re welcome to bring your own curiosities or simply add them when you get home. We had fun naming this one too: Should it be an Odd Mobile (conjured the image of the Bat Mobile for Mike) A curio hanger (cringe, we don’t like the idea of hanging things.) Since it kind of bobbles and it displays baubles, the name Odd Bauble just had to be the winner. Lesley gets credit for finding the winning name.
This will be the featured project in the Oddyssea Garden until mid-July when we will introduce another collector themed piece of fun. Meanwhile, in addition to Odd Baubles, we continue to have a full slate of fun things available in the Oddyssea Garden where you can spend your Doubloons, simply enjoy the garden (we just refreshed it this week with new plants,) rent an Electric Bike or Metal Detector, and perhaps, check out a new attraction that is big, loud, and fun. But more on that at a future date.
Come on down! Make sure to check the Events page for open times as we do have a fair number of private events starting to crowd the calendar.
Oddyssea offers activity-centered parties for guests from 5-105 years old. Each party is two hours in duration split into an activity section containing Break Your Own Geodes, Mining for Treasure, and an Elective Activity of your choice. In lieu of the standard goodie bag, each participant takes home what they discover and make during the event. We provide a party host/hostess and an activity guide to help facilitate the experience and make it an easy and fun party to attend. Book your party today.
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