Winter Wonderland Special Events

Celebrate the season with your family and kids at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. For the month of December, the Museum will be transformed into a winter wonderland! We hope you will join us for one or many of these festive events and daily programs.

Dream Circle Holiday Concert

with Miss Kitty, Cindy Cohen, Tim Cain, Peter Penhallow, Christopher Smith, CC Dawson and Richard Mithun

Saturday, December 20
10 & 11:15 a.m.
Members $5; General $7 (does not include Museum admission)

Saturday, 10 a.m.     

Saturday, 11:15 a.m.

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. 

Noon Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 31
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Noon Year's Eve activities included with admission.
General $12; Members & under 6 months free

Purchase advance tickets

Bring your family to the Museum for our annual Noon Year’s Eve Party. Dance along to DJ jams, count down to noon and watch the ball drop in Festival Plaza. Stop by Studio 10 and make a festive party crown. Please note that the Museum is open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Purchase a Bubbles & Beads Party Package

Jazz up your celebration with an exciting bubble wand, party bead necklace, snazzy sunglasses and exciting noise maker. $7 each. Buy online or at the event.



Winter-themed Daily Programs

The following daily programs are included in the cost of Museum admission. The Art Studios and all of our daily drop-in programs will explore winter life, weather and traditions through science experiments, songs, stories, movement and art.

Weekly Themes

December 2-11: Science of Snow
Snowflakes are unique, just like you! Collaborate with the rest of our Museum community to create a flurry of frozen fractals.

December 12-14: Snow Days
Grab your hats, gloves and mittens! Come make snow angels, snow balls, snowmen and more!

December 16-23: Life in the Snow
Imagine living in the snowy peaks of Lake Tahoe. What would it be like? Check out how people and animals embrace the winter weather.  

December 26-30: Winter Traditions
Ski, sled and skate across our programs this week! We will explore the different ways that people celebrate the winter through sport and other snowy activities.

Creative Labs

Science Lab: Ice Investigators, Outdoor Learning Lab
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Investigate the properties of ice using magnifying glasses, droppers, tongs and other science tools. Experiment to see how salt, paint and other materials interact with ice. 

Nature Lab: Frozen, Outdoor Learning Lab
Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Discover what happens when water freezes around natural materials. Work collaboratively to release them from their icy orbs and draw your observations.

Art Lab: Ice Architects, Idea Spot
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Inspired by the Ice Hotel in Sweden, our visitors are encouraged to build using colored ice cubes. They will think about architecture and geometry as they try to race the clock against melting ice.

Thank You, Northstar California Resort

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