Santa Maria, Calif. – May 3, 2019 – In celebration of Mother’s Day, Central Coast families can make yarn wigs for young cancer fighters Saturday, May 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Central Coast Makerspace! The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has invited a representative from The Magic Yarn Project to teach children and their loved ones how to make Princess Ariel, Queen Elsa, and Capt. Jack Sparrow wigs.
The wigs made at the workshop will be donated to The Magic Yarn Project, but families will get to keep the skills they acquire to make their own wigs at home.
“This workshop is a fantastic way to teach children about philanthropy and the importance of giving back to our community,” Executive Director Nancy Gastelum said. “Plus, families can have fun learning new skills together in our hands-on Central Coast Makerspace, which is a special room dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities.”
The Magic Yarn Project is a national nonprofit started by two mothers who wanted to make princess yarn wigs for young girls battling cancer.
According to the organization’s website, chemotherapy treatments leave young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs, but yarn wigs are comfy, soft, and warm. The creations are inspired by beloved Disney characters, and invite children battling cancer back into the world of play and daydreaming.
“Young children have a great capacity for compassion and empathy. Providing our visitors with this experience taps into those innate characteristics in an engaging and playful way,” Gastelum said.
Now celebrating its 23rd year as the only children’s museum in Northern Santa Barbara County, the Discovery Museum is fun for all ages, with 13,000-square-feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs, and special events that explore ourselves, our valley, our world, and beyond.
The museum is located at 705 S. McClelland St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Central Coast Makerspace is open Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite. For more information, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call (805) 928-8414.