School Program Policies

1:5 Adult to Child Ratio

To ensure safety and comfort of all visitors, the Bay Area Discovery Museum requires all groups to maintain a minimum supervisory ratio of one adult for every five children at all times. We reserve the right to turn away visitors who do not comply with this 1:5 adult to child ratio.

Timed Entry and Departure

Pre-registered group visits, field trips and school programs are scheduled to enter and depart the site in order to maintain a Museum-wide experience capacity. While we will do our best to accommodate unanticipated circumstances, early entry and late departures cannot be guaranteed.

Rain or Shine

Pre-registered group visits, field trips and school programs proceed as scheduled rain or shine. Our 7.5 acre indoor and outdoor site operates year-round, closing only in the event of extreme or hazardous conditions. While we do our best to accommodate unanticipated circumstances, fees may be applied for events cancelled due to weather.


Based on available resources, the Museum offers a limited number of need-based School Programs Scholarships to preschool and elementary schools each year. Preschools serving 50% or more families receiving child care subsidies and public schools serving 50% or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are encouraged to apply. Learn more about applying for a scholarship for your school here.


A 20% deposit for group visits, field trips and school programs is due at the time of booking. Events are not confirmed until a deposit has been received. 

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations must be made more than 30 days in advance to receive a full refund. Cancelations made 14-30 days in advance of event may receive a refund, except for the 20% deposit amount. Cancellations made less than 14 days in advance will be charged the 20% deposit amount. 

Balance Due 

Payment of the balance for School Programs is due no later than the day of the event. Failure to pay balance due may result in late fee.

Memberships and Passes

Museum memberships, passes, coupons or discounts are not valid payment for pre-registered group visits, field trips or school programs.

Travel Surcharge

The Museum has an established travel limit of 25 miles from our location in Sausalito. For off-site events held at your location beyond that 25 mile limit, a surcharge may be applied to the total fee for your event. 

Unregistered Groups

Advance registration is required in order to receive the discounted group visit or field trip admission rate. Unregistered groups will be charged the regular admission rate. Unregistered groups are required to comply with the Museum’s minimum 1:5 adult to child supervisory ratio. We reserve the right to turn away groups who are unable to comply with this policy.


From time to time, the Bay Area Discovery Museum takes photographs and video of Museum activities and visitors for use in editorial and/or promotional material. By entering the Museum, you give permission to the Museum to record photographs or video of yourself and your dependents. Review complete information in our privacy policy here. Please inform the Front Desk or your group’s education facilitator if you or any children in your supervision may not be photographed.

General Policies

Museum policies as outlined here are applicable to group visits, field trips and school programs.

For information on our FAQs, please click here.

For more Information

For more information, please call (415) 339-3963 or email groupvisits(at)

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