The Bay Area is rife with new museum exhibits this month and we’ve got the scoop on the best ones for your family. From a skulls show at the Academy to an exhibit all about superheroes, here are the three newest destinations where education meets entertainment.

Skulls at the California Academy of Science
Indulge in a different kind of story time at the California Academy of Science. Discover the ancient stories of critters and creatures who lived millions of years ago. Kids will be able to see enormous bones from an African bull elephant skull to a tiny elephant shrew. Skulls is also an interactive exhibit where kids can draw, observe and even get their hands on a few bony remains.

Also check out: Take a walk on The Living Roof that’s located right above the museum. This 197,000 sq ft exhibit is a garden filled with wildflowers and plants that actually make The Academy more environmentally friendly by keeping the building’s interior 10 degree cooler and transforming carbon dioxide into much-needed oxygen.

Opens: May 16
Time: Mon. – Sat. 9:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.; Sun. 11a.m.-5p.m.
Cost: $29.95/adult; $24.95/seniors, students and kids ages 12-17; $19.95/children ages 4-11; free for children 3 and under
Free Days: June 1 and San Francisco Neighborhood Free days

55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, Ca 94118


Photo: California Academy of Sciences via Facebook

Storyland at the Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum has transformed your kid’s favorite stories into a 3D adventure. Take a trip into the world of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Where’s Spot, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and four other classic tales. This dramatic interactive experience will let tots explore their imagination and engage literacy skills.

Also check out: All of the Children’s Discovery Museum makes for great fun, but kids 4 and under are going to especially love the Wonder Cabinet. Daily programs in this area include a large paint wall, story time in “The Forest” and fingerplays (songs with plenty of hand motions).

Opens: May 17
Time: Tues. – Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sun. 12p.m.-5p.m.
Cost: $12/adult; $12/children ages 1-17; $11/seniors; free for infants and members

180 Woz Way
San Jose, Ca 95110


Photo: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose via Facebook

Sunshine and Superheroes at the Oakland Museum of CA
Check out real life superheroes and even try on costumes in spirit of San Diego Comic Con. Dedicated to exploring the impact of comics throughout the ages, this exhibit will make your inner and tiny geek will squeal. Vintage comic books, Comic con paraphernalia, an interactive photo booth — for families who’ve always wanted to make it to the always packed San Diego Comic Con, this exhibit is a dream come true.

Also check out: Fans of Comic Con may enjoy the SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, which features groundbreaking modern and alternative art works that resemble cartoons. Also check out A Butterfly for Oakland, an exhibit that showcases digital images of a monstrous butterfly created by fireworks and road flares.

Opens: May 23
Time: Wed.–Thurs., 11a.m.–5p.m.; Fri. 11a.m.–9p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 11a.m.–5p.m.
Cost: $15/general admission; $10/seniors and students with ID; $6/kids ages 9-17; free for children 8 and under and members
Free days: Friday nights are half-price for adults and free for ages 18 and under.

1000 Oak St.
Oakland, Ca 94607


Photo: The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek via Flickr creative commons

Know of any new museum exhibits that should have made the list? Let us know in the Comments below! 

— Christal Yuen