Program Offerings

Our mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children. We are committed to working to remove the barriers that some families face in accessing high-quality, educational experiences for their children both in school and out of school.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers three different program types for Preschool - 3rd grade groups. All programs are rooted in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and provide students with exploratory, engaging and fun STEM learning experiences.

Discover-It-Yourself (DIY) Field Trips

Discover-It-Yourself (DIY) Field Trips are self-guided Museum exploration for students and adults. DIY Field Trips provide timed entry and departure at a discounted rate for groups of 15-80 children plus chaperones. This option provides up to 2.5 hours at the Museum and the flexibility to explore the exhibits at your own pace. Every student will receive a coupon for discounted admission for a future Museum visit. 

DIY Field Trips are a great option for preschools, early elementary classroom, and community organizations who are looking for a shared educational experience for their group.

Availability: Tuesday - Friday
Timing: 2.5 hours offered at 9:15am - 11:45pm, 9:45am - 12:15pm or 10:00am-12:30pm
Grade Levels: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Group Size: 10 - 80 students; 1 adult required for every 5 students
Price: $8.00/student and 1 complementary adult for every 5 students; $8.00/additional adult

Idea Labs

Idea Labs are STEM workshops for Pre-K - 3rd grade aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Idea Labs can be held in your classroom or on-site in combination with a field trip to the Museum. Facilitated by our dynamic team of Museum educators, Idea Labs provide a playful, hands-on exploration of STEM content for one classroom at a time. Students, teacher and parents all have a role to play in these active, engaging workshops. Multi-sensory activities will encourage risk-taking, collaborative problem-solving and creative thinking. Every student will go home with a coupon for discounted admission for a future Museum visit. 

To view our extensive list of Idea Lab topics, click here

Idea Labs at the Museum

Availability: Tuesdays -  Friday
Timing: 45 - 60 minute workshop and 2.5 hour free exploration, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Grade Levels: Preschool - 3rd grade
Group Size: up to 30 students/session, 2 session maximum each day
Price: $200 - $250/session, 1 complementary adult for every 5 students; $8.00/additional adult

Idea Labs at Your School

Availability: Monday - Friday
Timing: 45 - 60 minute workshop during your school day
Grade Levels: TK - 3rd grade
Group Size: Up to 30 students/session, 2 session minimum
Price: $200 - $250/session, 2 session minimum                

STEM Intensives

STEM Intensives are a sequence of three facilitated workshops* designed to allow students time to dig deeper into the selected content area and provide deeper exploration of the pedagogy aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Availability: Monday - Friday
Timing: 60 minute pre-visit classroom session, 3.5 hour Museum visit, 60 minute post-visit classroom session
Grade Levels: TK - 2nd grade
Group Size: Up to 30 students/session
Price: $30.00/student, all adults complementary

To view a list of STEM topics, click here.

*The first visit takes place in your classroom, the second is a field trip to the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the final visit takes place in your classroom. 

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