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Bay Area Discovery Museum

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As parents, we all want our children to thrive as creative thinkers, but coming up with enriching activities isn’t always easy for caregivers. Luckily, finding a wealth of fun hands-on diversions is as easy as a drive to the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

With its one-of-a-kind setting at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is unique among the world’s children’s museums – and not only for its location. The Museum’s research-based educational programming, including hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk-friendly challenges, is designed for kids 0 – 8 years old to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills and critical thinking.  The daily schedule is packed with free facilitated public programs such as Math In Motion, Nature Lab, Creativity Kits and Archi-Tech Lab.

Family and drop-off classes facilitated by Museum educators are a great way to deepen your engagement with the fun and educational philosophy that the Museum offers. Discovery Camps run throughout the year, during summer as well as school-year breaks and there’s something for everyone with 13 themes to choose from, including Fort Building, Art Attack, Imaginary Worlds, Shipwrecks and Treasure Hunts and Water Wonders. Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired licensed preschool onsite at the Museum in which children’s curiosity and interests shape a flexible, project-based curriculum.

However, for that one very special day of the year, a Bay Area kids birthday party at the museum is a surefire way to guarantee a memorable time. The Birthday Bonanza packages include themes like Princess, Superheroes, Construction and Cars, and Rock ’n Roll Dance Party, as well as museum admission for up to 30 kids and 30 adults. The staff also takes care of museum-themed party favors, as well as decorations and paper goods, and gives you use of the Loft or Playhouse birthday rooms. Or go big with a Bounce-a-palooza package that includes a bounce house for 40 kids. They also provide less elaborate packages for a lower cost that still include face painting, party favors, and more.

So whether you’re aiming for a little mid-week treat to get you and the kids through the winter grind, or are planning a big celebration, there’s always something to discover.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito (below the Golden Gate Bridge)
415.339.3900
www.baykidsmuseum.org