Pretend to be an Academy scientist on a voyage to the Galapagos Islands in 1905. Navigate the schooner, examine specimens, and prepare a lunch for your crew-mates in our child-sized model of the research schooner Academy.
Be green and tend to the garden in the Early Explorers Cove! Put on some gloves and plant some vegetables!
Go on an expedition and see what animals you can find hiding in their burrows! Grab some binoculars and discover all the animals in our California mural.
Infant Tide Pool
Infants can comfortably explore their surroundings and discover themselves along the mirror waves in the Tidal Pool.
Explore the under water mural to see what oceanic animal you can find hiding in the coral reefs. Develop your fine motor skills at our manipulative table.
Pick up a reusable tote bag and shop in our mini farmers market for some seasonal items. Can you identify what’s for sale today?
Offered three times per month, dates and times vary, meets by the pendulum
A caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 18-36 months. Children and adults participate together during group activities as we learn about new animals. Each month features a different animal theme.
Space is limited, reservations are required: $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. Museum general admission is free for children ages 3 and under. Buy a ticket online or over the phone at 415-379-8000.
Wednesdays at 9:45am in the Naturalist Center
Hands-on programs for children ages 3-5, presented in the Naturalist Center. Every week features a unique theme. Space is limited, reservations are required: $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. Buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 800-794-7576.
Saturdays at 11:00am in African Hall, under the leopard tree
Join us for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world! We will begin by using maps to chart our trip, and then be transported via stories, specimens, props, songs and dance. All ages are welcome! Free with general admission. Adult supervision required.
Junior Academy programs are designed to engage children age 5 to 11 and their families. We invite you to join us for hands-on, science based activities. Watch for a new program to be added in the spring of 2014!
Family Nature Crafts
Join us for Family Nature Crafts every Sunday starting at 10am by the Swamp (supplies limited to the first 100 participants).
Learn how to be a naturalist! Youth ages 8-11 learn a new nature skill each month. Offered every Sunday at 2pm in the Naturalist Center (space is limited to the first 20 participants).
Stellar Cosmic Kids
Children ages 6–8 explore the universe through fun, hands-on activities. Dates vary; participants meet at the pendulum at 10:30am. Space is limited; make a free member or non-member reservation online or over the phone at 415-379-8000.
Stairs / Elevator to Living Roof & Naturalist Center
Swamp (Aquarium Level)
Programs for Kids Week of Tuesday, September 30th
Please select a date to see upcoming events.
Sunday, September 28th
Junior Academy: Family Nature Crafts
Families with children aged 5-11 are invited to make nature-themed crafts.
Today's craft - "That's a Bright Idea!" poster for Inventor's Day
Supplies are limited to the first 100 participants. Free with general admission. Adult supervision required.
Wednesday, October 1st
Little Naturalists: Art & Science
Location: Naturalist Center
Experiment with different forms of art while learning fun science concepts. For ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent/adult caregiver.
Today's theme - Tricking the Eye: Find out how animals and artists trick the eye. Learn about camouflage when we visit the Big Picture photo exhibition, and create your own optical illusion art.
Reservations: Space is limited. Reservations and a fee are required for all Little Naturalists programs: $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 415-379-8000.
Toddler Treks is a hands-on program for our youngest learners, children ages 18-36 months. Toddlers and their caregivers participate together during fun group activities and exhibit tours with a different animal theme each month.
This month - Stingray Trek: Join us for some fishy fun! Listen to a stingray story, make waves during group parachute play, examine real ray teeth, make a spotted ray craft, and trek together to find the Academy's rays.
Reservations: Space is limited. Reservations and a fee are required: $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. Museum general admission is free for children 3 and under. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 415-379-8000.
Please note that programs within each month are identical, so participants should register for only one date per month. Pre-registered guests meet at the pendulum for check-in at 9:40am.