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Museums for Kids: Bay Area Discovery Museum

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Destinations

Formerly our local children’s museum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum combines a range of stimulating activities on a campus with a view of the Golden Gate.  Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA, the BADM’s many buildings and outdoor play spaces offer entertaining and educational activities for newly mobile tots to tweens.  With a focus on creativity, there is significant opportunity for unstructured play both indoors and outdoors.

Octopus on the waterbed in the Tot Spot

Octopus on the waterbed in the Tot Spot

The Tot Spot is a gift to parents of crawling babies and toddlers with lots of cushioned surfaces with easy activities for little hands.  Waterbeds integrated into a San Francisco Bay ecosphere play-space is my favorite destination.  Bring a change of clothes if you toddler is tall enough to play in the water feature, a fishing stream, because the aprons will not keep their sleeves dry (learn from my mistake.)

This girl is ready to catch her own salmon

This girl is ready to catch her own salmon

Children of all ages will enjoy changing activities in the art studios. The San Francisco Bay Hall and Wave Workshop is filled with hands on ocean science.  The outdoor play area known as Lookout Cove offers a range of activities including a gravel box (so much easier to clean than sand), tide pools, a shipwreck and a Golden Gate bridge under construction. There is many a tantrum as parents try to pry their kids away.  The museum also hosts rotating exhibits and live music events.

Toddler friendly paint studio

Toddler friendly paint studio

Other details:

  • There is a snack bar on site stocked with plenty of organic and whole foods if anyone gets hungry.
  • Even on the busiest days, the museum is fun.
  • The museum is housed in multiple buildings so expect to spend some time outside walking between buildings and dress appropriately.
  • If you can, the annual Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser held in October is a great time to visit.  Though crowded, there are lots of Halloween themed activities and in recent years a petting zoo and pony rides (included with the slightly higher admission for the event)

Admission we paid: $8 for kids and $10 for adults ($14 for the annual Goblin Jamboree fundraiser)

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