One of the things we’ve heard from you is that you’d like our online experience to more closely match our in-store experience. That’s a pretty high bar to meet, but we do listen and we’ve upped our game a bit online this fall.
We still keep a small, curated collection of items in the online shop, it’s just a fraction of our over 1,500 science, nature, and art products, but they are the most requested items. If there is something you simply MUST have that is not listed on Oddyssea Online, drop us a line or call us and we’ll find a way to get it to you.
In addition to upgrading the look and feel of the site and updating our curated products, we also listened when you said you wanted free shipping. Voila! This is now standard for all continental North American shipments. We can handle expedited and international shipments as well on a case by case basis.
We hope you click on over and check out Oddyssea Online!
Back in the summer we introduced our DIY activity with a sea themed Mason Jar Lantern. That project was received so well we’ve added an option for the season, the Fall Mason Jar Lantern Buffet.
When you visit the buffet, you have a choice of mason jar sizes and colors, numerous fall ingredients including leaves, micro-pumpkins, and branches. Of course, each Lantern includes a battery powered tea light that exudes a soft yellow glow giving your lantern that little something special as the days grow shorter.
We’ll be featuring this project through October including the 2014 Pumpkin Festival October 18/19th.
In addition to the Fall Mason Jar Lantern, these activities are on tap for the weekend: DIY Halloween Mask, Steam Punkin, Terrarium Buffet, Break Your Own Geode, Abalone Sea Terrariums, Message in a Bottle, Treasure Flume, Sand Art, Metal Detector Rental, and Electric Bike Rental this weekend. The Oddyssea Garden is open Friday October 10th through Monday the 13th 10a-6p at 601 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
We hope to see you this weekend!
Pumpkins are everywhere, ghosts and ghouls are on the prowl, this can only mean one thing, Halloween is right around the corner. To help you prepare for the event, we’ve got DIY Halloween Masks on tap this weekend at Oddyssea Outside.
Start with a basic half-mask and spruce it up using all the accoutrements in our arsenal. The combinations and themes are limited only by your imagination!
In addition to the Halloween Masks, these activities are on tap for the weekend: Steam Punkin (held over and restocked from last week), Terrarium Buffet, Break Your Own Geode, Abalone Sea Terrariums, Message in a Bottle, Treasure Flume, Sand Art, Metal Detector Rental, and Electric Bike Rental this weekend. The Oddyssea Garden is open Friday October 3rd through Monday the 6th 10a-6p at 601 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
What do you get when you cross weirdly shaped pumpkins, with gears and pulleys and miscellaneous hardware, with Mr. Potato Head? A Steam Punkin!
That’s right, our featured activity this weekend at Oddyssea Outside is the Steam Punkin. Come on down and make your own. Supplies on this one are pretty limited, so if you’re interested, coming earlier is probably better than later…….
In addition to the Steam Punkin, we will have Coastal Fairy Cottages, Terrarium Buffet, Break Your Own Geode, Abalone Sea Terrariums, Message in a Bottle, Treasure Flume, Sand Art, Metal Detector Rental, and Electric Bike Rental this weekend. We’re open Friday September 26th through Monday the 29th 10a-6p at 601 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
We hope to see you this weekend!
Ahoy ye scalawags!
Smartly set your sails for Half Moon Bay and come celebrate Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day this weekend (September 19th-22nd, 10a-6p.) Aside from our shipwreck of the Oceane in our garden setting, we will be dressed like Pirates and will be talking like Pirates all weekend. Don’t be a bilge rat, come out and drop anchor at Oddyssea in Half Moon Bay and partake of the festivities.
Our featured project this weekend is a DIY Pirate Spyglass (you land lubbers could also know it as a refracting telescope.) This handy tool will empower any pirate, short or tall, to survey the horizon until their heart is content. But to use it, you first have to build it.
We’ll have Driftwood Pirate Sailboats in the rotation this weekend as well along with Earth’s Treasure Necklaces, Terrarium Buffet, Message in a Bottle, Sand Art, Abalone Sea Terrarium, Treasure Hunting Kit, Electric Bike Rental, and the Mining Flume will be open and available for all your panning needs.
Avast your objections. Set your course for Oddyssea in Half Moon Bay and enjoy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
And remember, to err is human. To Arrrrr is Pirate!
Carrying forward the Fairy theme from last week, we’re featuring a DIY Fairy Herb Garden. Each unique landscape includes up to 3 different herbs, a Fairy Cottage, and the critter of your choice.
If you made a Coastal Fairy Cottage last weekend and simply want to craft context for it, bring it on back in and we’ll situate it properly in the Herb Garden.
In addition to this project, we will have Powered Paper Airplane Design Studio, DIY Driftwood Sailboats, Terrarium Buffet, Sand Art, Message in a Bottle, Abalone Succulent Terrarium this weekend along with electric bike rental, the sweet shoppe, the mining flume, and break your own geodes as usual.
We also got the sails rigged this week, so you can drop in and see that as well. We’re open 10a-6p Friday, Saturday, and Monday. We’ll be open 12-6p on Sunday.
This is a fun activity that marries the art of knot tying with every day jewelry. Using a few simple knots and assorted rope, you can create your very own knotty bracelet. We provide everything you need to be successful as you demonstrate your line handling and make your masterpiece.
In addition to the Knotty Bracelet, we have many other experiences available this weekend: Unearth Treasure with Metal Detectors, Sand Art, Abalone Sea Terrarium, Mason Jar Lanterns, Terrarium Buffet, Driftwood Boats, Earth’s Treasure Necklace, DIY Coastal Fairy Cottages, and Message in a Bottle at Oddyssea Outside. In addition, we have always available experiences of exploring Half Moon Bay on electric bicycles, mining for treasure in the flume, and break your own geodes.
As usual, the Oddyssea Outside Garden is open from 10a-6p Friday through Monday (September 5-8th) and is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. Come on down and tie one on (a bracelet that is!)
For Labor Day weekend we thought we’d best be preparing for winter and that means providing a nice, snug home for the Fairies who reside on the Coast.
This weekend, you can drop by Oddyssea Outside and create your own special Coastal Fairy Cottage. We’ve got all the fixin’s necessary to provide your special Fairy with an abode she can be proud of for the winter. Why stop at one? You can create your own Fairy Village if you feel so inclined.
If Fairy Cottages aren’t your thing, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth at Trina’s Sweet Shoppe where we have over 30 different kinds of candy. Ask for a sample! You can explore the coast on an electric bike, we have a fleet of six, each christened with a famous pirate ship name. This weekend, rent 1 hour and get a second hour free. Or, you can take one of our treasure hunting rigs down to the sea shore and discover your own fortune.
Terrarium Buffet, Abalone Sea Terrarium, Mason Jar Lanterns, Driftwood Boats, and other activities are also available to enjoy.
Squeeze the last juice out of this summer weekend in Half Moon Bay. We hope to see you this weekend!
Open 10a-6p (Inside Closed Wednesday, Outside Closed Tuesday-Thursday)
Oddyssea Inside Treasures and Outside Garden
601-617 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
One of the goals we had in expanding into the great outdoors was to work more on the “Discover” part of our tagline of “Explore. Create. Discover.” There are a number of different mechanisms we’ll use to make good on that promise and the first is using electric bicycles.
Earlier this year, we acquired a fleet of 6 hybrid-electric bicycles, each bike was named after an (in)famous pirate ship. The beauty of an electric bike is that it can go anywhere a bike can go and still provide some of the convenience of a motor vehicle. These bikes have a top speed of 20 miles per hour (~30 kilometers per hour) and can last all day in pedal hybrid mode. If you’re interested in just motoring around with no pedaling, there is a 20 mile range with a 200 lb passenger. Each bike can carry up to 2 passengers comfortably and safely. No license is required for operations, though each driver is required to obey traffic laws and wear a helmet.
These bikes are available for rent at Oddyssea Outside at a rate of $25 per hour. During the month of July, we’re offering a special of rent one hour and get an additional hour free. Mention this blog post before July 31st, 2014 to access this deal!
Thursday, June 19th 5-7pm we will cut the ribbon (or in our case rope) to officially open Oddyssea Outside. This is a special event, our activities will be Terrarium Buffet, Treasure Mining in the Flume, Geode Cracking, and Powered Paper Airplane Design Studio. We’ll have some snacks and of course samples will be available from Trina’s Sweet Shoppe too.
Special dignitaries from the City of Half Moon Bay and Chamber of Commerce will be there to help us launch our new venture.
We are targeting the actual ceremony for around 5:30pm. We hope you’ll come out to help celebrate! Oddyssea Outside is located at 601 Main Street in beautiful downtown Half Moon Bay.