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Bay Area Discovery Museum Blog

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Chase is giving away $5,000,000 to local charities and you can help us win! The top 100 charities win $25,000, and a chance to win $1 million. Vote for the Bay Area Discovery Museum on the Chase Community Giving Facebook page. During the process, you'll need to add the application to your Facebook account, and become a fan of the Chase Community Giving page. Once you've voted, please share it with your friends! And if you haven't already, be sure to fan us on Facebook as well.

Chase Community Giving is a program run by Chase that will allow Facebook users to vote for local charities and non-profits, and help direct Chase corporate philanthropy dollars to eligible organizations in the following focus areas: education, healthcare, housing, the environment, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare. The grassroots campaign aims to inspire a new way of corporate philanthropy. The eligible charity receiving the most votes will be awarded $1 million, the top five runners-up will receive $100,000 each and the 100 finalists, including the top winners, will be awarded $25,000 each. Additionally, a special Advisory Board led b... continue reading

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Check out the critically-acclaimed kindie rockers The Brian Waite Band and their new rock musical 20,000 Volts Under the Sea.

The Seattle-based trio will perform their latest epic "rock 'n roll adventure," which takes listeners underwater in search of an electric eel guitar on their way to a sold-out concert in Atlantis City.  Featuring must-see performances by BB the Blues Whale and the legendary Rocktopus, this clever musical combines zany costumes, a twelve-foot submarine and award-winning music designed to delight the whole family.  

"Parents of young children everywhere, rejoice!" writes Doree Armstrong of the Seattle PI.  "Ten seconds into the first song, I was hooked even more than my 3-year-old son was." 

"And when these guys crank it up to 11, as in the anthemic Tidal Pool Party," says Cookie Magazine, "we defy you to sit still."

The show is this Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m.
Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes admission to the Museum).
Buy tickets online.
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Online Book Club: NurtureShock Chapter 3

Welcome to the third installment of our Online Book Club, featuring NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Everyone is welcome to join in at any time, either here or on our Facebook page. We’ll cover the 10 chapters one at a time over the next few weeks. We welcome your thoughts and personal experiences in the comments. If you have a question you’d like to ask of the authors, either include it in the comments or email Jennifer at jcaleshu(at)badm.org and she’ll pass it along. Chapter 3: Why White Parents Don't Talk About Race. Does teaching children about race and skin color make them better off or worse? I admit - I fear I am exactly who they are talking about - a white parent who doesn't talk in the right way about race. Yes, we tried to explain to our 4.5 year old how important and significant it is to have a Black president. But it seems so hard to try to explain the history of prejudice. And living in Marin, his world is much less diverse than we would like - not just skin color, but economic diversity and diversity of life experience. But the research about in-group preferences even in young children - that children seek out "their own" group even when it's a manufactured group like the color of shirt you wear for a research study - proves to me that ... continue reading

Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza

Guarantee yourself the best time for our sure-to-sell-out Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza - right now, supporting members ($160) can use their secret code when they register online. Not sure if you're the right level, or want to upgrade? Just call Jessica at (415) 339-3958. Let your imagination run wild as you create the most delightful gingerbread house on the block, festooned with candy canes, gumdrops, frosting and other treats. Don’t miss the sweetest event of the holiday season. Weekends
November 28 & 29, December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 Weekdays
December 21, 22 & 23 11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m. $25 per gingerbread kit.
Pre-registration required. Open registration begins on Tuesday, November 17. continue reading

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Shout it out with the Alphabet Rockers. Featuring hip grooves, rocking guitar lines and tight rhymes, this is music that you can enjoy no matter what your age. Every catchy and clever song in this genre-hopping show introduces preschool concepts from counting money to naming the colors of the rainbow. Get down with your bad self this Saturday, November 14, at 11 a.m. Tickets are Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission).  Buy tickets online. continue reading

Online Book Club: NurtureShock Chapter 2

Welcome to the second installment of our Online Book Club, featuring NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Everyone is welcome to join in at any time, either here or on our Facebook page. We’ll cover the 10 chapters one at a time over the next few weeks. We welcome your thoughts and personal experiences in the comments. If you have a question you’d like to ask of the authors, either include it in the comments or email Jennifer at jcaleshu@badm.org and she’ll pass it along. Chapter 2: The Lost Hour. "Around the world, children get an hour less sleep than they did thirty years ago. The cost: IQ points, emotional well-being, ADHD, and obesity." The research in this chapter focuses on the effect of sleep debt on older children and teenagers - that it leads to poor mood and even depression, poor performance on tests, and even being overweight. I particularly appreciated that the research focuses on changes in the brain and hormone production - it's not an innate failing in the children or teens to be moody, binge-eating, lazy or poor students. The challenge of course - what to do about it? My eldest starts kindergarten next year - I can't imagine how it's going to effect all of our lives to have to be on the move earlier in the morning! And starting school later might be good for our kids and their brai... continue reading

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Be part of the musical fun as the Banana Slug String Band performs their earth-loving songs. This duo plays music that is so infectious that children can’t help singing, dancing and laughing along as they learn about this home we call Earth. Music, theater, puppetry and audience participation create a rich experience for the entire family. Get groovy this Saturday, November 7, at 11 a.m. Tickets are Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission). Buy tickets online. continue reading
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