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.
Have you ever had the thrill of discovering a treasure hidden within the earth? We have and we wanted to be able to share that experience in the garden thus the introduction of the Archeology Dig activity. There are three different types of treasure to unearth: sea life, dinosaur, and minerals. Use the excavation tools to remove material from the block so you can discover which treasure is in your little piece of earth. It’s really fun, come on over and give it a try.
The Full list of activities: Message in a Bottle, Kaleidoscope Kit, DIY Dog Tags, Earth’s Treasure Necklace, Electric Bicycle & Metal Detector Rental, Mining Flume, Trina’s Sweet Shoppe, Break your own Geode, Terrarium Buffet – standard and Abalone Sea Terrarium, Mason Jar Lantern, and Sand Art.
We hope to see you this weekend!
The wall in our Create room is home to a featured artist that rotates periodically. This month, we’re pleased to be able to introduce photographer Rachel Hunter.
Rachel’s work is strong and compelling. In this installation, there are three themes presented on two different mediums. We are fascinated with her aluminum photographs – these are actually printed in the aluminum which means the pieces are suitable for display in rugged environments since they are not subject to water or light damage.
Consistent with our seaside location, Rachel’s first theme is that of the sea. She has a stunning close-up of a sea urchin on canvas that has to be seen in person to be appreciated. Unlike the work in aluminum, this piece needs to be indoors and carefully maintained (as is true with the vast majority of canvas based work.)
The second theme is iconoclastic representing Strength and Victory. Both presented on aluminum, they are most attractive to us as a pair.
The final theme is floral. But not just any still life, Rachel has managed to capture the little seen or appreciated rear-view of blooms in a series of five images on aluminum. If you’ve never taken a close look at what happens behind the scenes of a bloom, this is your chance.
As a bonus, Rachel’s Mother, Deana Hunter, is also represented in this show in the collage on canvas entitled “Coy Koi” and the sky in the Strength and Victory images.
Rachel’s work is on display currently at Oddyssea in Half Moon Bay and is best appreciated in person. Come out out for a visit and plan to spend the day on the coast.
There are better ways to tell your sweetheart that they are loved than by giving empty calories in the form of candy or flowers that will be dead in a few days. Last week we suggested Love Letter in a Bottle as one better alternative and this week we’d like to share the Love Bird Terrarium Kit.
This kit has everything needed to create a lovely, long-lasting air plant terrarium. This one includes sand, two kinds of moss, a heart stone, a blooming tillandsia (air plant,) and a pair of love birds to nestle together in a hand-blown glass ornament. Regardless of your choice to give the gift of the kit or a finished terrarium, your sweetheart is sure to appreciate the beauty of this terrarium.
If you can’t visit the shop, you can still ship this kit to your loved one from Oddyssea Online.
In addition to the Love Letter in a Bottle and the Love Bird Terrarium Kit, the following activities are available this weekend: Kaleidoscope Kit, DIY Dog Tags, Wearable Worlds Terrarium Necklace, Electric Bicycle & Metal Detector Rental, Mining Flume, Trina’s Sweet Shoppe, Break your own Geode, Earth’s Treasure Necklace, Terrarium Buffet – standard and Abalone Sea Terrarium, Mason Jar Lantern, and Sand Art.
We hope to see you this weekend!