December at Bay Area Discovery Museum - Bay Area Discovery Museum

December at Bay Area Discovery Museum

Celebrate the winter season at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) this December! Visit reindeer at BADM, meet Santa in Discovery Theater, and discover something new at our winter-themed drop-in programs!

Reindeer Visit BADM

Come and meet Snowflake and Blizzard, two live reindeer that will be visiting BADM! Watch them roam about in Lookout Cove and learn from their experienced handlers about their diet, migration patterns and unique characteristics that have allowed them to thrive in extreme environments.

  • Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3*
  • Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10
  • Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17
  • Saturday, December 23
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Free for BADM members 

*Supporting and Donor Circle Members are invited to be the first to meet Snowflake and Blizzard before the museum opens! Not a Supporting or Donor Circle Member? Contact for more information.

Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza

Families design and build their own whimsical gingerbread masterpiece at this special annual event for Donor Circle members. 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. seatings available.
Not a Donor Circle Member? Contact for more information.

December Drop-In Programs

Introduce your children to science, technology, engineering, and math while having a blast at our winter-themed drop-in programs! Explore  projects and programs that introduce children to winter sports – like making your own snow shoes – or try your hand at art projects like sled design.

STEM Programs:

  • Science Lab – Arctic Animals
  • Maker Lab – Snow Shoe Design
  • Fab Lab – Ski Lodge Construction

Art Programs:

  • Winter Lanterns
  • Ice Castles
  • Arctic Slime
  • Sled Design
  • Snow Painting

Schedule for daily drop-in programs coming soon! Calendar updated monthly.

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Free for BADM members.


Meet Santa on December 16 + 17

  • 1 – 4:30 p.m.  Meet Santa in the afternoon, included with general admission or free for members.
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Get your tickets for an exclusive Snacks with Santa event! Discounted tickets are available for members. Limited spots available.
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Noon Year's Eve on December 31

Save the date for this kid-friendly affair, including a celebratory ball drop at noon, a live DJ, dancing, and various art activities. In addition, enjoy access to the museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits like Lookout Cove and Bay Hall.

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Free for BADM members 

More information on Noon Year’s Eve coming soon – Check here!