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Imagine what you could be at the OC Fair Imaginology Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

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My boys and I attended Imaginolgy Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead as guests of the OC Fair where we explored possible careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. There were tons of creative games and hands-on activities for the kids to try, too many to do in a day.

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The first thing the boys found was the giant outdoor chess set. After a competitive game of chess, we wandered into the Action Gallery where the boys checked out robots, Legos, and of course the book store. I love that my kids love books!

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Next stop was sculpting. Kids could work on large community sculptures or create their own.

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We relaxed under the trees in the cool breeze as we enjoyed BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from one of the gourmet food trucks and a cinnamon apple crepe for dessert.

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After lunch, I insisted the boys check out the Vital Link STEM and the Arts Career Showcase building. As of late, my son Andrew is really enjoying artwork. With a history of artists in the family, I wanted Andrew to start to think about how he can turn a passion into a career. There were several booths for local art colleges and I was thrilled when he stopped to look at the many occupational choices out there. He was particularly enthralled with the digital gaming jobs. We even stopped to talk to one of the college recruiters. We came home with a bag full of brochures for him to look at.

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I think we even ruled out a couple of potential occupations. I don’t think Andrew will be going to Fashion Camp any time soon!

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By far my favorite was the Socal PBS booth where the kids got to try their hand at doing the weather report, green screen and all!

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There really was so much to see and do! They had a farm with hay rides, gardens, and farming demonstrations. There was loads of entertainment. Outdoor laser tag, youth contests, science and engineering, home builders demonstrations and activities, inflatable slides, a bounce house, a petting zoo, rides and giant bubbles, just to name a few things. I just let the boys pick the things they were most interested in. I think it was great to expose them to so many options.

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We all had a great time and this will definitely be an annual event for us. It will be fun to see how their interests change as they mature. So if you missed it this year, be sure to catch it next year! See you there.

Terri Garcia has been a Southern California girl since the age of two. She has lived in Los Angeles County and both North and South Orange County. A stay-at-home mom and confessed “pinaholic”, she loves all things creative. She believes in giving back and practicing random acts of kindness. She finds joy in creating thoughtful, creative gifts, traveling, historical fiction and most importantly being mom to two very active boys. Similar to the Little Red Hen, she likes to do things herself; although in the end, she will happily share the homemade bread with family and friends.
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