What To Do This Summer – Bay Area Discovery Museum

What To Do This Summer

The kids are out of school, the books are put away, and it's time for creative play! 

Summertime is a perfect opportunity to guide your children toward exploring subjects they love and discovering new interests. Play and learning go hand-in-hand, and fun summer activities that spark an interest in new topics are the best way to experience them both.

Find out how you and your family can beat the summer "brain-drain" by diving into fun, engaging programs that promote STEM learning and creative problem-solving skills for children ages 0-10.

At the Museum

Daily Drop-In Programs
BADM programs engage children in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons through imaginative projects and collaboration. 

Hands-On Exhibits
Explore seven indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, including Lookout Cove, Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!, the Fab Lab, and more.

Summer Camp
Spend an entire week in the Fab Lab, explore survival skills at Fort Baker, become an art master, and more! Browse all summer camp themes.

Adventure Guide
There are 50+ activities for you and your child to explore in our new adventure guide! Pick one up at the front desk.

Storybook Characters
Kids can meet their favorite storybook characters like The Cat in the Hat and Paddington Bear, while enjoying an engaging literary experience.

Learning Goals
Every creative experience at BADM encourages children to engage with our seven, research-backed learning goals.

All of these programs are included in the price of admission or are free for BADM members!

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In Your Community

Want to experience BADM in your community? See if your local library branch is hosting our Try It Truck! Try It Truck programs are designed for children ages 5-10, but open to all.

Contra Costa County

Hercules Library Branch
July 10 | 6-8 p.m.

Orinda Library Branch
July 12 | 5-7 p.m.

Richmond Sheilds-Reid Center
July 25 | 1-3 p.m.

Walnut Creek Library Branch
July 26 | 4-6 p.m.

El Cerrito Library Branch
August 2 | 1-3 p.m.

Davis County

Centerville Library Branch
August 18 | 2-4 p.m.

Marin County

San Rafael Library Branch
July 11 | 2-4 p.m.

Pickleweed Library Branch
July 17 | 4-6 p.m.

Santa Clara County

Northside Library Branch
July 21 |10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

San Francisco County

Richmond Library Branch
August 4 | 2-3:30 p.m.

San Mateo County

Menlo Park Library Branch
August 7 | 2-4 p.m.

Sonoma County

Northwest Library Branch
July 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sebastopol Library Branch
July 31 | 1-3 p.m.

Petaluma Library Branch
August 25 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Can’t find your library? Contact your local branch and request Bay Area Discovery Museum programs. Librarians and community program coordinators can find more information on our website.

Access for All

All children deserve the chance to discover new interests, explore learning through play, and be comfortable in a safe, fun learning environment outside of school. BADM’s access initiatives and free and reduced admission offerings make it possible for children throughout the community to experience our research-backed on-site programs and interactive activities.

Access the Museum

Free First Wednesday
Join us for free days throughout the summer on June 6, August 1, and September 5.

Museums for All
We offer $1 admission to EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cardholders and their families ($1 per family member).

Check Out a Membership from Your Library
Bay Area Discovery Museum Membership cards can be checked out at various libraries. Check with your branch!

Family Access Membership
We offer a reduced-cost membership at $35 for families who qualify.

Open Door Policy
BADM does not turn away visitors due to lack of funds. Families are welcome to visit the museum on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Library Programs

All programs listed on the schedule above are free to the public.


All of BADM’s experiences for children and adults are based on the findings of our research division. BADM works to provide parents and caregivers with a safe space where they can encourage their children to try something new, watch them test out  original ideas, and help them solve unexpected challenges.

Museum Hours

Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit Us

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

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