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Reserve your tickets to Winter Member Night today! You can also reserve by phone by calling (415) 379-8425 from 8 am–5 pm daily.

Please note: You will have to log in before you can reserve your tickets.

Join us for an evening of winter fun for all ages! This family-friendly party features music, tasty treats, indoor snow flurries, live reindeer and more.

Winter Member Night highlights

  • The reindeer are back! Visit them in the East Garden.

  • 20% off in Academy Stores

  • Scuba Santa at 7:30 pm in the Aquarium

  • A festive musical performance by The Hornmen at 8 pm

  • Cookie decorating in the Terrace ($5)

  • Create winter-themed holiday cards with Green Arts Workshop

  • Learn about fascinating research with Academy scientists

  • New! Go behind the scenes on a 30-minute VIP Tour. ($12; see details below)

  • And more to be announced!

Planetarium schedule

  • 6:30 pm: Polar Tour of the Night Sky (Morrison Planetarium)
  • 6:40 pm: Solar System Safari (Hohfeld Hall)
  • 7:15 pm: Polar Tour of the Night Sky (Morrison Planetarium)
  • 7:25 pm: Solar System Safari (Hohfeld Hall)
  • 8:00 pm: Polar Tour of the Night Sky (Planetarium)
  • 8:10 pm: Solar System Safari (Hohfeld Hall)

Important event information

  • The Academy Cafe opens at 6 pm and stops serving hot food at 8:30 pm. Grab 'n Go items will be on sale until 9 pm.

  • The Music Concourse Parking Facility will be open until 10:30 pm on December 17. $17 flat rate.

  • Reminder: The animals in the rainforest have an early bedtime! The exhibit will close at 8 pm.

Add a VIP Tour to your evening

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Take a peek at the Academy's scientific collections on this eye-opening 30 minute tour. Tours depart at 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 pm. $12 per person; for ages 8 and up.

Please note: Tour tickets must be purchased separately from your regular event tickets. You must be logged in to purchase. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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