Museum Programs

Our public educational programs are open-ended play opportunities that offer a way for our visitors to engage with our staff and each other in the exhibit spaces and explore early science, math, art, and literacy concepts and current child development research. All public programs are included with Museum admission. All programs are subject to change and cancellation. Please check our on-sight program chalkboard for updates and locations.

Daily Programs
Weekly Programs
Seasonal Programs
Special Programs

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

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Daily Programs

Toddler Circle Time | Tot Spot

Daily, 9:30 - 10 a.m.
0-3 years

Sing songs, dance, wiggle and hop around in this fun-filled program made especially for our youngest Museum visitors. Practice language and movement skills while making new friends. 

Creativity Kits | Various Locations

Tuesday - Friday, 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 3 - 3:30 p.m.
All ages

Explore the whole Museum using a kit of special materials in these rotating STEM programs including Math in Motion, Bubble Poppin' and Move It! Shake It!

Storytime | Various locations

Tuesday - Friday, 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 3 - 3:30 p.m.
All ages

Join our educators for interactive adventures using books, puppets and props as stories come to life. 

Research Toys | Various locations

Tuesday - Friday, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
0 - 5 years

Be a young scientist by participating in rotating interactive activities led by a research facilitator. Adults will learn about the latest research on child development. 

Weekly Programs

Archi-Tech Lab | Idea Spot

Sunday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
5 - 8 years

Learn about architecture and technology by using engineering principles and materials to build innovative architectural designs. 

Art Lab | Idea Spot

Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
3 - 5 years

Delve one step further into the techniques, media or concepts related to our featured Spotlight Artists who inspire us with their out-of-the-box thinking. 

Science Lab | Playhouse

Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
3 - 8 years

Hypothesize, experiment, investigate, evaluate... repeat! Using real science tools and inquiry-based investigation, explore concepts like light innovation from the candle to the bulb. 

Nature Lab | Outdoor Learning Lab

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m
3 -5 years

Discover the natural world around us through observation and hands-on engagement as you learn about the evolution of plants and animals. 

Maker Lab | Idea Spot

Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
5 - 8 years

The Maker movement emphasizes innovation and invention through building and design. Explore how things work, take them apart, plan, test and design your own creations. 

Seasonal Programs


Fall Artist-in-Residence: Marco Pinter
Shaping a Symphony

Artist Marco Pinter creates artwork and performances that fuse physical kinetic form with live visualizations. Visitors will connect technology, engineering, art, science and music, and learn correlations between shape, color and sound.  

Special Programs

Art Journey: Andy Goldsworthy's "Wood Line"

Sunday, November 1
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The Presidio, San Francisco

Join this off-site adventure to explore Andy Goldsworthy’s “Wood Line” art installation in the Presidio. Engage with Museum arts educators to explore Goldsworthy’s concepts through discussion and art making. Families are encouraged to experiment with the artist’s techniques and investigate his manipulation of natural materials. Admission is free, space is limited and registration is required. RSVP to Christina Sheils at csheilsbadmorg. 

Free Fall Performances

Tim Cain

Sunday, September 13
10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Festival Plaza

In a special performance for Grandparents Day, Tim Cain will lead families in singing and movement. Lots of laughter will accompany a rollicking good time.

Cloud Formations

Saturday, October 3
10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Festival Plaza

San Francisco based dance company, The Anata Project, is back to perform their Artist-In-Residence piece “Cloud Formations”, exploring elements of the sky, weather patterns and human nature through movement.

Alison Faith Levy

Saturday, November 21
11 a.m.
Festival Plaza

Alison Faith Levy is a local singer-songwriter, composer and educator who inspires with themes of self expression and self-acceptance.

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