Winter at BADM

BADM’s Iceless Skating Rink is Back!

Strap on skates and take a spin around the “ice” this December at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! We’re transforming our Discovery Studio space into an Iceless Skating Rink. On our synthetic ice rink, children of all ages can slide and glide into the holiday season.

December 1-December 30

Weekday Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Weekend Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Visits to the Iceless Skating Rink are included in the price of museum admission, or free for BADM members.

The Iceless Skating Rink is just one way we’re celebrating the winter season at BADM! Drop-in on themed winter programming throughout the site, visit Santa at the museum on December 15 or 16, and mark your calendar for our Noon Year’s Eve celebration on December 31!*

*Please note that the Iceless Skating Rink runs from December 1-30, and will not be open for Noon Year’s Eve

Museum Hours

Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Member Hour: Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Plan Your Visit

We are located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito.

December Program Highlights

STEM Program: Collaborative Quilting – Fab Lab

Art Program: Ice Castles – Art Studios

STEM Program: Arctic Animals – Check Schedule On-Site

STEM Program: Snowball Launch Challenge – Check Schedule On-Site

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Santa Claus is Coming To…BADM!

On December 15 and 16, Santa Claus is setting up shop in BADM’s Discovery Theater, and welcoming families for holiday fun! Add a little seasonal magic to a day of fun and discovery, and come see Santa at BADM this year. We're offering two ways to meet Santa:

Snacks with Santa

After his long journey from the North Pole to Sausalito, it only makes sense that Santa would need a festive nibble to refuel. During our exclusive Snacks with Santa event, families can share hot chocolate, a yummy treat, and their holiday wishes with the man of the season. Bring your camera to grab this year’s holiday card photo!

December 15 and 16, 2018
Eight half-hour seatings will be available on both days, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

BADM Members: $9.95 (per person 6 months and up) | Non-Members $12.95 (per person 6 months and up)

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Please note: The price of admission for Non-Members is not included in the price of Snacks with Santa tickets. Non-Members can purchase museum admission tickets online or at the door.


Photos with Santa

This year, BADM is the place to get your annual Santa photo, or to start the tradition for the first time. Cap off a day of exploring the museum’s winter-themed programs and activities by getting a picture and sharing all your holiday hopes. Bring your camera – and your wish list!

December 15 and 16, 2018
1:30-4 p.m.

Photos with Santa are included in the price of museum admission, or free for BADM Members.

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Noon Years Eve: Join us December 31, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (museum closes at 2 p.m.). Noon Years is free for members and included in the price of museum admission.

Noon Years Eve Celebration

December 31, 2018
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Want to ring in the new year with the entire family, without keeping the kids up past bedtime? The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration is the place for you!

This beloved annual event and kid-friendly affair includes a celebratory ball drop at noon, so you can enjoy the countdown without the midnight meltdown! Festive themed programming and activities throughout the museum are a perfect way to say goodbye to 2018, and look forward to all that 2019 has to bring!