Celebrate the holidays with your family and kids at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Holiday Concert

Dream Circle Holiday Concert with Tim Cain, Judy Nee (Miss Kitty), Cindy Cohen and Christopher Smith 

Saturday, December 15
11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

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Ages 1 & up
Members $7; General $16 (includes Museum admission) 

Join us for a delightful and uplifting seasonal celebration featuring songs for a wide range of winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year. Dream Circle is indeed a dream lineup of Marin’s best loved children’s entertainers. Share in the true meaning of the holidays at this heart-filled performance and then spend a wonderful day at the Museum. 


Saturday, December 1

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This talented trio will get you in the mood for the holidays. Hip enough for both adults and children, the Hipwaders will be perform songs from their NAPPA Award-winning album, "A Kindie Christmas" as well as "waderized" holiday classics such as "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" & "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".


Kwanzaa Celebration

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free Museum admission and performances

The African Roots of Jazz
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Discovery Theatre

Please obtain your free ticket for The African Roots of Jazz from the Front Desk upon your arrival. There are a limited number for each show and only ticket holders can be allowed into the theater.

“Habari Gani,” Join us for this joyous African-American celebration of family and community. Experience the rich traditions of Kwanzaa, featuring a celebration of African-American culture through hands-on art activities, and performances. There will be a traditional Kwanzaa altar on display in the Museum’s Entry Pavilion

Two free performances by the African Roots of Jazz will be presented in the Discovery Theater at 11 am and 1 pm. Renowned jazz drummer E. W. Wainwright and his ensemble take us on a musical journey that traces African-American musical forms, such as jazz, gospel, and spirituals, from their earliest beginnings in African cultures to today. The program features instrumental music, songs, theater, and audience participation.

Noon Year's Eve

Monday, December 31
9 a.m. - noon

Join us for our annual Noon Year’s Eve Party. Count down to noon with us as we watch the ball drop in Festival Plaza. Dance along to our DJ and create your own party hat to celebrate the Noon Year. Please note that the Museum is open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Give the Gift of Membership


Give the gift of a Bay Area Discovery Museum membership and give your friends or family a whole year of Museum fun.

Gift memberships are available at all levels of membership, including the Grandparent Circle membership. Grandparent Circle is a donor group designed to give grandparents special opportunities to spend time with their grandchildren at a place they love and in an environment they adore watching them play, learn and grow—the Bay Area Discovery Museum!

How a Gift Membership Works

We will mail a gift certificate good for your specified level of membership either to you or directly to your recipient, depending on your preference. Your lucky family will then redeem the gift certificate on their next visit to the Museum. The membership will be valid for one year from date of redemption.

Buy a gift membership online

Special Holiday Hours

Please note our holiday schedules:

Special Holiday Hours:

  • New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Museum Closed:

  • Christmas, Tuesday, December 25
  • New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1
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