Adventures begin in The Backyard, a brand-new exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) that allows little learners to expand their horizons and learn and explore the natural world through play. This new space provides children 0-5 years old with a safe, dedicated place to play while parents and caregivers sit, relax, and observe.

Inspired by a quintessential San Diego backyard patio, The Backyard is packed with experiences that encourage curiosity about the natural world: a shade tree, live animals, a potting bench, a giant crawl-on ladybug, stepping stones, a pergola-covered reading nook, a garden bed for infant tummy time, and more. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers can actively participate with children or sit, relax, and observe with a beverage from The Flying Squirrel Café.

The Backyard is included with admission and free for members. Visit for details.


San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, Ca 92101
Phone: 619-232-3821