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?
Cafe & Moss Room
Coral Reef Exhibit
Early Explorers Cove
Exit from Rainforest
Islands of Evolution
Level 1 Elevator
Level 1 Stairs
Northern California Coast
Science in Action
Stairs / Elevator to Living Roof & Naturalist Center
Swamp (Aquarium Level)
Programs for Kids Week of Wednesday, May 22nd
Please select a date to see upcoming events.
Sunday, May 19th
Family Nature Crafts
Families with children aged 5-10 are invited to make nature-themed crafts.
Supplies are limited to the first 100 participants.Free with general admission. Adult supervision required.
Wednesday, May 22nd
Location: Naturalist Center
Explore the plants and animals of nature’s gardens through hands-on investigation and activities.
Today's theme - Art in the Garden: Learn the elements of art as we explore the shapes, lines, and colors seen in the garden. We’ll read The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt and create an artful piece to place in your garden.
This program is free with Academy admission. Supervision is required. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. Sign up at the Naturalist Center as early as 9:30am on the morning of the program to hold your spot.
Thursday, May 23rd
Location: Early Explorers Cove
Join the Academy’s Early Childhood staff for a caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 1-3.
Today's theme - Lion Trek: Sing and dance along to a lion song, make a lion mask, examine a lion tooth and pelt, and then find a pride of lions as we trek through African Hall.
Reservations: $4 per member child; $6 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. Museum general admission is free for children 3 and under. Space is limited; reservations required. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 800-794-7576. Please note that both programs each month are identical, so participants should register for only one date per month. Participants meet at the entrance to the Early Explorers Cove.
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.
A caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 1-3. $4 per member child; $6 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. Museum general admission is free for children 3 and under. Space is limited; reservations required. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 800-794-7576.
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 2013!
Join us for Family Nature Crafts every Sunday starting at 10am by the Swamp (supplies limited to the first 100 participants).