12 Best Bay Area Science Museums for Kids - 510 Families

12 Best Bay Area Science Museums for Kids

Thanks to iD Tech for sponsoring this guide to hands-on science museums for kids and fun adults. iD Tech is the world leader in STEM education, with 450,000 alumni and over 20 years of experience. Summer programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses, with many in the Bay Area, and others including NYU, Caltech, and Imperial College London. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, and creative arts. Visit iDTech.com.

Guide to Bay Area Science Museums We Enjoy with Kids

The Bay Area has some of the world’s best science museums and we are so lucky to be able to play with our kids while teaching them to love science, technology, and nature.

Favorite East Bay Science Museums

Lawrence Hall of Science is a wonderful hands-on science museum that is terrific for pre-readers and older kids alike. Visiting family will nearly always be impressed by the vast view of the Bay, and the kids will go crazy for splashing in the water area and climbing on the iconic DNA helix. Local Geek Dad, Ken Denmead, says the Chabot Space and Science Center “has become a go-to destination for exploring the wonders of our universe and getting kids jazzed about space exploration.” Children can touch astronaut gear up close. He also likes The Tech Interactive in San Jose also for aspiring mad scientists willing to drive.

Wondering about more building and tinkering? Get busy at one of the local maker classes, camps, and workshops!

Cal Academy T-Rex

Now Open: Cal Academy of Sciences

Cal Academy of Sciences, kids and parents will have fun visiting an aquarium, rainforest, and natural history museum all under ...
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Oakland Aviation Museum airplanes outside

Now Open: Oakland Aviation Museum for Kids Who Love Things that Go

The Oakland Aviation Museum, open Wednesday thru Sundays, is located near the Oakland airport. Visit and learn ...
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Chabot Space & Science

Chabot Space & Science Center Closed Through June 2021

Chabot Space & Science Center plans to be physically closed through June, 2021 with many other ways to keep connected ...
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Experimenting at Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science Closed Through June 2021

We were saddened and surprised to learn that The Lawrence will remain closed to the public until at least June ...
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The Tech Interactive

Explore & Experiment at The Tech Interactive

The Tech, in Downtown San Jose, has a bunch of hands-on STEAM exhibits and experiences interesting to parents and kids ...
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Girl playing at Curiodyssey

Half-day Trip to CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point

CuriOdyssey is a science playground and zoo best suited for the smallest children at Coyote Point in San Mateo. It ...
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child and desert tortoise

Half-day Trip to San Rafael and WildCare

A half day adventure in San Rafael starts with a visit to WildCare, a FREE rehabilitation facility for local animals ...
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Child holding a tarantula at Sulphur Creek Hayward

Half-day Trip: Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward

This wild animal rehabilitation center in Hayward allows kids to get up close and personal with drop-in hours and special ...
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Mom and child play at Junior Center

Junior Center of Art & Science

The Junior Center for Art and Science is a wonderful gem of a science museum and art studio located next ...
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Children's Creativity Museum looks fun from the outside

Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco

The Children's Creativity Museum, located next to Yerba Buena Gardens, is a hands-on, multimedia art and technology experience best for ...
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Toddlers' Guide to Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Toddlers’ Guide to Lindsay Wildlife Experience

I am very happy to present this cheat sheet for Walnut Creek's Lindsay Wildlife Experience for preschoolers, as part of our continuing in ...
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Check out the fog tunnel if you're at the Exploratorium with a 3YO

Toddlers’ Guide to the Exploratorium

All our best advice to enjoy San Francisco's Exploratorium with toddlers and three-year olds. Take a deep breath and let's ...
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iD Tech Robotics
iD Tech RoboCoder: Robotics and Visual Coding with LEGO for children ages 7 to 9 | Photo: iD Tech

Summer Camp for Science-loving Kids

iD Tech (Berkeley)
One-and two-week sessions over the summer allow students ages 7-19 to be fully immersed in technology and science at UC Berkeley or St. Mary’s, among 150 world-class university locations. iD Tech offers a variety of camps: 3D Printing and Modeling; Robotics and Visual Programming; Build and Code Your Own Take-Home Laptop; and many programming languages. Day camp and overnight camp are both available.
Phone: 1-888-709-8324
Website: Visit iDTech.com.

More camps: See our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide for a great list of STEM camps >>

Teenage VR Designer
If your kids and teens dig science museums, they might love VR Design and programming, offered as both day camp and sleepaway in the East Bay | Photo by iD Tech

Thanks to iD Tech, the world’s #1 summer STEM program for ages 7-19, for sponsoring this guide to Bay Area science museums and experiences.

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