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.

General Public: Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30
Online registration will open November 1

Kick off your holiday season with Gingerbread Architecture. Come to the Museum and we'll provide a kit for you and your family with everything you need to construct a creative holiday home, including gingerbread house pieces, icing and festive holiday candies. Make sweet memories and we'll clean up the mess! Cost per kit is $20 (Museum admission for non-members is not included).

Complimentary: Gingerbread Extravaganza for Donor and Grandparent Circle Members

Sunday, December 7, 9 or 10 a.m.

Candy canes and sugar plums will be dancing in your little one’s head after this special seasonal event! We’ll provide a gingerbread house, candy and icing (and clean up the mess). Children will let their imaginations run wild as they create a whimsical gingerbread masterpiece that you can take home and enjoy.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lea Wood at lwood(at) or (415) 339-3952. Interested in learning more about fun, free family events for Donor and Grandparent Circle supporters? Contact Lea Wood at lwood(at) or (415) 339-3952.

Snow Days Family Fundraiser

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8 a.m. access available with Sponsor Breakfast attendance
Members $10; General $15

Bundle up the whole family and join us at our newest Family Fundraiser, Snow Days. Come explore the Museum transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with REAL SNOW. Young Museum visitors will enjoy playing in the snow, learning the science of snow and participating in special winter-themed activities and programs. It’s sure to be a fantastically frozen good time. Learn more.

Dream Circle Holiday Concert with Miss Kitty

Saturday, December 20
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 1 & up
Members $7; General $18 (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. 

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
We’re all white this weekend as we think about all things snow - snow angels, snow plows, snow balls, snow men and more snow!

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.

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