School is out and we’re betting you have plans to hit up many of the Bay’s best museums over these next few months. But if you want to get the most out of your visit (and the most bang for your buck), don’t just show up any old day. School may be closed, but we still did our homework and tracked down the best days to visit your favorite museums in June. What we uncovered was discount tickets, late-night hours and even special visits from food trucks and your favorite story book characters. Ready, set, museum!

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Bay Area Discovery Museum: June 19
Certain Fridays throughout the summer have been dubbed Curiosity Fridays at the BADM, and June 19 is next up. Scoop up your tickets for this extra-special day and you will get more than you bargained for: Inspired by the antics of Curious George (who will be there to read the kids stories!), this event will have your kids exploring and creating until the sun goes down. In addition to regular all-day museum admission, you get special after-hours access from 5-7:30 p.m., featuring food trucks, beer and wine vendors, a performance by Blues Whale at 5:15 p.m. and the Risa Dye Puppet Show with Parade at 6:45 p.m.

Cost: $13.95
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd.
Sausalito, Ca
415-339-3900
Online: events.redtri.com

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Hiller Aviation Museum: June 20 & June 21
Treat your family’s number one maverick to a day of jets, flight and all things air transport at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, where this weekend Dads enjoy free admission. Climb in a cockpit, explore more than forty unique and innovative aircraft on display, plus get busy with interactive games, models and even a Flight Sim where Dad can pilot across the Bay. Bomber jackets not included.

Cost: Free for dads and kids under 5; $9/kids 5-17; $14/adults
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd
San Carlos, Ca 94070
Online: events.redtri.com

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Stanford Museum: June 27
If your art history knowledge is a little fuzzy, let an expert (and extra-cool dad) take you and your little Picassos on a kid-centric tour of this epic art museum. For just $10, Art Dad SF, Sean Nowicki, will be on hand to fuel your little artists fire and answer all the questions your kiddo (or you) might have about Diebenkorn, Thiebaud and more!

Cost: $10
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University
314 Lomita Dr.
Stanford, Ca 94305
650-721-6055
Online: events.redtri.com

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The Walt Disney Family Museum: June 27
SoCal may lay claim to the magical kingdom of Disneyland, but our own Presidio is home to a more intimate slice of Disney enchantment: The Walt Disney Family Museum. On this special day, you can join other Red Tricycle families for an exclusive morning with some super special treats: Enjoy guided gallery tours, indulge in arts and crafts, watch a movie, and finish off your fairy tale morning with a yummy lunch. It’s the kind of event you’d expect to get when you wish upon a star.

Cost: $20
The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio
San Francisco, Ca 94129
415-345-6800
Online: events.redtri.com

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Chabot Space and Science Center: June 19, 5-10 p.m.
The best time to visit a museum known for its epic stargazing equipment is at night, right? Well, take advantage of $5 Fridays tomorrow (the last remaining June date) and, as the name implies, admission is only $5 for 5 hours of evening fun at the museum (5-10 p.m.) Your ticket includes one Digital Dome Planetarium Show, access to interactive exhibits featuring Bill Nye’s Climate Lab and the Touch the Sun exhibit and of course, access to the incredible Observatory Complex, where you can gaze through the giantic telescope at the stars and beyond.

Cost: $5
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, Ca
510-336-7373
Online: chabotspace.org.com

Are you planning to take advantage of any of these extra-special days at the museum? Tell us in the comments below! 

–Erin Feher