Things to Do With Kids in SF – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Things To Do With Kids in SF

Looking for the ultimate family adventure in San Francisco? Look no further than Bay Area Discovery Museum! With mind-blowing exhibits, outdoor adventures, Golden Gate views and enough fun to tire out the most energetic kids, we've got you covered for a day of non-stop giggles and unforgettable memories.

Summer Hours:

Open everyday except Tuesday, starting Memorial Day, May 27 – Labor Day, September 2
General Admission: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Member-only Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.  

Current Exhibits

Step into a world where imagination knows no bounds. Explore the sandy shores of BADM Beach, embark on a thrilling tree-top adventure through Gumnut Grove and more! 

For Kids 0-3+

BADM Beach

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


Mud Kitchen

In Mud Kitchen, children use pots, pans, baking sheets, and even an old school stove to whip up mud pies, mud cakes, and more.

For Kids 4-6:
Two kids stand on the deck of an old salmon fishing boat called Faith with the golden gate bridge in the background.

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.


Clay Play

The Art Studios closes at 3:30 p.m.

Mold your imagination: Explore the endless creative expression as you roll, twist, pinch and press clay.

For Kids 7-8:

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.


Try It Studio

Think, Make, Try® with your child. Explore a giant drawing arm, tinker with tools and learn about patterns. 

Regular Hours

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

The museum will be open Monday - Sunday, April 8 - 14 for Spring Break

View all of our upcoming special dates and times here.

About Bay Area Discovery Museum

We believe that children grow and thrive through joyful play. So every day, we create playful learning experiences that inspire a lifelong passion for discovery in every child and connect them with the people and world around them. Play is essential to children’s well-being, and when children and families thrive, our communities thrive.

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