Mid-Winter Break 2023 – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Mid-Winter Break 2023

New Horizons in November

We're thankful for caregivers! That's why we're open Thanksgiving week for more joyful play. Join us for discovery and exploration Nov. 21-23, Monday - Wednesday and Nov. 25-27, Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Start the school year feeling empowered and experience endless exploration at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Venture through indoor and outdoor exhibits designed to stretch your child's imagination and spark a passion for discovery!

Browse our current exhibits, events and programs below to plan your visit. All programs, exhibits, and festivals are free for members or included in the price of admission.

Regular Hours

Wednesday - Monday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
Closed: Tuesday

View all of our upcoming special dates and times here.

Exhibits and Programs


Paint My Ride

Now open!

A car can be a canvas too! Work together to layer colorful paints, vibrant shapes and curious patterns and witness the transformation of a vehicle into a joyful, imaginative work of art.


Iceless Skating

Experience a winter wonderland in the Bay Area. Glide, twirl and wobble across an iceless pond. Enjoy all the fun of ice skating, without the fear of falling!


Gumnut Grove

Children experience the wonders of nature as they run, play and climb through 3 large treehouses nestled in the canopy of Fort Baker's majestic trees. Designed for our 5 - 8 year old visitors.


Lookout Cove

Lookout Cove is a 2.5-acre interactive outdoor exploration area featuring natural elements and iconic Bay Area landmarks for children to play on. All Ages.



Weave your way over, around and through Threads! to explore new ways to use yarn, ribbon and more to create expressive artwork and learn about textiles around the world.


BADM Beach

Dig and explore the sand, engineer a sand sculpture, play or just relax in the sun (or fog) at BADM’s very own beach with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge! 


How Things Work

Reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary! Experience everyday items cut in half.


Try It Studio

Think, Make, Try® with your child in this unique new space!

For Kids 0-3

Tot Spot
Mud Kitchen

For Kids 4+

Paint My Ride
Lookout Cove
How Things Work
Try It Studio
Hopscotch Reimagined

For Kids 5+

Gumnut Grove

What to Expect

Things might look different since your last visit. We work hard to develop experiences that are fun and safe. Learn what to expect ahead of your visit.

Face coverings are optional, but strongly recommended indoors.

Advance ticket reservations are required for entry. Members are not required to reserve tickets in advance.  Reserve Tickets

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