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.)
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.