Daily Programs

Check our Calendar for the most up to date listings of our programs.

Our daily programs and tours are open-ended play opportunities centered around a theme that offers a way for our visitors and staff to engage with our exhibit spaces and inquiry-based educational philosophy. All daily programs are included in Museum admission.

*Please note: These programs start on time and vary in length from 5 to 30 minutes based on the age range and number of participants each day. 

Creative Labs

Expanding on our successful Art Lab and building on our new Spotlight programming, this season we introduce two new ways to experiment, tinker and test new ideas with water. These programs start promptly and run between 30 minutes to an hour based on attendance and visitor engagement.

Art Lab | Idea Spot

Wednesdays & Sundays, 3:30 p.m.

Based on the work of our Spotlight Artist, delve one step further into the techniques, media, or concepts related to our featured artists.

New! Science Lab | Outdoor Learning Lab

Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.

Hypothesize, experiment, investigate, evaluate... repeat! Create your own experiments with water to build a foundation of the scientific process and inquiry-based learning.

New! Nature Lab | Outdoor Learning Lab

Saturdays, 2 p.m.

Delve into the many characteristics and wonders of the natural world. Set in our Outdoor Learning Lab we will explore three found natural materials each week and the infinite ways in which they can be combined with water. 


Pop-ups are, all-imagination, no-prop opportunities for children and adults to play with our Discovery Guides and other families in our exhibits.

Check our Daily Programs chalkboard in Satterlee Way each day for specific Make-believe Playtime themes as well as additional pop-up play opportunities with our Discovery Guides around the Museum.

Toddler Circle Time | Tot Spot

Tuesdays – Fridays, 9:30 a.m.

Toddler Circle Time is an opportunity for our youngest visitors to practice language, movement, and making new friends. 

StorytimeVarious locations

Tuesdays – Fridays, 11 a.m.
Saturdays – Sundays, 3 p.m.

Explore new worlds and go on amazing adventures through our interactive storytimes.

Make-believe Playtime| Lookout Cove

Tuesdays – Fridays, 2 p.m.
Saturdays – Sundays, 11 a.m.

Jump into spontaneous, 5- to 15-minute imaginative play opportunities inspired by our exhibit spaces. These are based on the age range and number of participants each day.

Special Exhibit Collaboration: Super Kids Save the World! | Various locations

Fridays, 3:30 p.m.

Make connections between our traveling exhibit and our educational philosophy in this afternoon program.

NEW! Artist-in-Residence

Our brand new Artist-in-Residence program will offer our visitors an opportunity to directly engage with professional artists. Learn more.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND CANCELLATION. Please check our on-sight program chalkboard for updates.


Summertime Adventure Programs

Looking for an entryway into a magical world of stories? Have you ever wanted to experiment and tinker with fun material under the sun? You can experience the wonder of the Museum with our free daily programs when you make us part of your family this summer. In addition to our intuitive exhibits that inspire curiosity, problem solving and imagination, these enhanced daily experiences offer deeper engagement in the most important aspect of the summer ­— PLAY!

Program Schedule

Toddler Circle Time, Tot Spot

Mondays – Fridays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Toddler Circle Time is an opportunity for our youngest visitors to practice language, movement and making new friends.

Storytime, Various Locations

Mondays – Sundays, 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  
Connect classic stories and themes in our unique exhibits as we explore new worlds and go on amazing journeys in our interactive storytimes.

THE BOX, Satterlee Way

Mondays – Sundays 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This is no ordinary box. It’s a brand new temporary, open-air program space at the Museum designed for out of the box thinking. Each week prepare to experience something new as we connect THE BOX to our weekly summer themes. 

Play Coaches, Everywhere

Any day, anytime
Did you know that play enhances executive function and divergent thinking skills in children? These skills are necessary for creative thinking and success in school and life. This summer, we invite you to play with our Discovery Guides. These orange-apron-wearing, fully-trained play facilitators will have special play tool belts equipped to enhance your Museum experience and heighten your child’s discoveries.

Weekly Themes

Each week prepare for a new adventure as our free daily programs look to the community around us for inspiration. In June, we will explore different aspects of our homes to transform everyday, ordinary things into the extraordinary. In July, our neighbors spark our creativity and expand our world. Come August, we will be on the move as we investigate planes, trains, boats and bikes.

July: Neighbors

Be our neighbor and discover architecture, artists, parks and safety.

June 30 – July 6: Safety
Help us celebrate safety and the people that keep our neighborhoods secure with a week of safe fun in the sun.

July 7 – 13: Design
The possibilities are endless when you become the designer of your own world.  

July 14 – 20: Parks
Enjoy the great outdoors as we uncover all the fun that our local neighborhood parks can offer. 

July 21 – 27: Community Artists
Be our guests as we uncover the world of community art. 

July 28 – August 3: Construction and Building
Push up your sleeves and get ready to explore construction and building.

August: Transportation

Zoom! Chug! Swish! Investigate Bay Area transportation with programs relating to boats, bikes, planes and trains. 

August 4 – 10: Bikes
Pedal on over to the Museum this week as we experience all things bicycles. 

August 11 – 17: Boats
Ahoy Matey! Imagine your own sailing adventure and be prepared to get wet on our week of water play.

August 18 – 25: Planes and Trains
All aboard the Discovery Express! Join in on the fun as we see what can happen when planes and trains become our focus.

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