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Come play with us! On this special day for San Francisco preschools, daycare centers, and other Preschool for All providers , we will have special activities aimed at students ages 3-4 years old. 

Preschool Day is October 23, 2019

Admission is free for sites such as preschools, daycare centers, Family Resource Centers, and Preschool for All providers! While we do not anticipate turning anyone away, you must register in advance so we can plan for your arrival.

We'll have extra programming designed for learners aged 3-4 running throughout the morning, and our partners at First 5 San Francisco will facilitate activities, too! 


Special programs include:

  • Hands-on activities

  • Live animal presentations

  • An interactive puppet show

  • Nature play in the gardens

  • ...and so much more!

Groups can explore the exhibits starting at 9:30 am, and most activities will end by 1:00pm.

We highly recommend stopping by these hands-on exhibits as you roam the museum!

  • Curiosity Grove: an educational playspace featuring vibrant, animal-filled murals and interactive, science-themed games, toys, and climbing structures.
  • Discovery Tidepool: get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.
  • Naturalist Center: a quiet place to touch hundreds of specimens or riffle through a Mystery Box.

Admission is free with advance registration.

You can pre-print the Preschool Day Program Scheduleor pick it up in the Lobby when you arrive!


Preview the Academy for Free

Never been here before? Or, has it been a while?

Once a field trip is confirmed, teachers can bring a copy of their confirmation email and a photo ID to the Service Desk outside the Academy entrance to gain a complimentary admission ticket for any date before your scheduled field trip.


Planning Tips

  1. Select a learning objective. You can visit the Academy for free before your trip to help you plan.
  2. Design or choose a simple activity for your students to do on the field trip.
  3. Prepare your students. Tell them about where they will be going, and what they will be doing.
  4. Prepare your chaperones. Would you like students to experience something specific?
  5. Leave time for student exploration, social interaction, and memory-making! Academy staff and docents are scattered throughout the building. Encourage your students to talk with them!

First-time field trip organizers might benefit from reading these Frequently Asked Questions about field trips to the Academy.


Lesson Plans & Activities

Looking for ideas to spice up your science teaching? Our activity database features full-period lessons to integrate into your normal curriculum.