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The Science of Gingerbread

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Age Group: All Ages

Included with General Admission

The Science of Gingerbread

The sweetest season at the Cube returns this winter. The Science of Gingerbread is the Discovery Cube’s annual holiday tradition that runs from November 29th to January 5th, 2020. Join us for Southern California’s largest Gingerbread Competition and Display. We’re accepting gingerbread structures November 23rd through December 8th at both campuses.


Competition entry form and contest rules

Benefits of participating in the competition:

  • Enter for the chance to place and win a one-of-a-kind prize.
  • Practice your engineering, math, and creativity skills.
  • Get invited to an after hours awards ceremony where winners will be announced.
  • Design, bake, and build with your family, co-workers, or friends!

Download entry form and contest rules here.

The Science of Gingerbread daily program includes:

  • Can You Build it? Show: Using only wooden building blocks, families are invited to build and compete together in a variety challenges.
  • Gingerbread Man Escape: Families and kids help the Gingerbread Man run, run as fast as he can by designing, building, and testing his escape vehicle.
  • Design a Food Model: Kids practice the engineering design process by inventing and designing their own food model.
  • Cookie Decorating: Kids learn about the primary and secondary colors as they mix their own colored frosting and decorate their own sugar cookies.
  • Tallest Tower Challenge: Families use only spaghetti and marshmallows to build the tallest tower. (Weekends only)

*Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.

Discovery Cube OC’s 2018 Competition Winners are:

Best Holiday Theme: #67 Home Sweet Home


Best Youth 5 and Under: #33 Ghost Busters X-mas House!!!


Best Youth Ages 6-13: #53 The Rainbow Factory


Best by a Cube Member: #26 Snowy Science Shack


Best Science Theme: #49 A Tribute to Firefighters


Best by an Organization: #44 Inspiring Women


Best by a Classroom or School: #108 Twas The Night Before Christmas


Best by a Youth Group: #10 Camp Sugarpine


President’s Junior Engineer Award: #114 Christmas Candy Factory


President’s Engineer Award: #23 Santa’s Helpers


November 29
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November 29
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Today’s Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discovery Cube is open daily except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Save time by purchasing your tickets online!

Tickets can also be purchased upon arrival at the Discovery Cube entrance.


2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Alternate transportation options are available via OCTA and Metrolink.