Connections - Bay Area Discovery Museum


Launched in 2008, Connections is the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s (BADM) school-readiness partnership program. Connections makes quality, hands-on learning experiences accessible to some of our community’s most under-served children; through the program, BADM has established itself as a critical resource for creative play and child development.

Connections fosters multi-year partnerships with low-income, federally subsidized preschools in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Marin counties. Throughout the school year, we bring students, families, and teachers to the museum with free transportation and admission, so they can engage in creative learning. Our museum educators also facilitate Connections’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming with students in their schools, and provide ongoing support to help educators integrate the museum experience into their classroom.

Each year, Connections serves more than 1,800 preschoolers annually, preparing them with the critical skills they’ll need to reach their full potential in kindergarten, in later school years, and in life.

Connections is free to all of our partner schools, and after every field trip students receive “Admit 5” passes to come back to the museum for free. In addition, Connections families automatically qualify for a reduced-cost Family Access Membership to BADM.

Partner Schools

The Connections partnership network is comprised of federally subsidized preschools in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Marin counties. Partner preschools in the Connections program serve a high proportion of low-income families.

Thank you to our umbrella organizations: Marin Head Start, Community Action Marin, West Contra Costa Country Head Start, SFUSD, Wu Yee Children’s Services, and Model Centers.

Connections Curriculum

Connections prepares children for kindergarten through 4-7 unique program interactions, including at least 2 on-site visits to BADM and at least 2 trips by museum educators to school classrooms. Building on the success of this community partnership, Connections will serve as the proof point of the Center for Childhood Creativity‘s school-readiness research. The Connections curriculum reflects the importance of introducing STEM concepts to young learners. Looking forward, we will continue to identify the STEM program offerings that can best serve our partner schools, year after year.

10 Years of Connections

This year, BADM celebrated 10 years of the Connections program. In that time, Connections has partnered with 61 schools to serve more than 13,000 low-income preschoolers.

For more information about Connections, contact: or (415) 339-3903 .