12 Best Bay Area Science Museums for Kids - 510 Families

12 Best Bay Area Science Museums for Kids

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.

Child climbing tree
This fallen tree at The Lawrence Hall of Science is ideal for exploring | Photo: Maureen Burke

The 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.

Climbing on the dna double helix structure

Visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley

Indoor and outdoor fun at The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. Take your time exploring, and if you have ...
Curiodyssey Indoor Exhibits

Half-Day Trip to CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point

CuriOdyssey is a science playground and zoo in San Mateo. With engaging exhibits and beautiful views, it's a fave of ...
Chabot Space & Science

Chabot Space & Science Center is a Gem in Oakland’s Redwoods

Chabot Space & Science Center reopened and we have the full scoop on what's new and what's still great for ...
Oakland Aviation Museum airplanes outside

Oakland Aviation Museum for Kids Who Love Things that Go (with discount link!)

The Oakland Aviation Museum, open Wednesday thru Sundays, is located near the Oakland airport. Visit and learn ...
two children playing at train table

Children’s Creativity Museum in SF

The Children's Creativity Museum in Yerba Buena Gardens is a hands-on, multimedia art and technology experience for kids 2-12 ...
toddler petting animal fur

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 ...
surprised child wearing bike helmet in a group of others

The Tech Challenge Showcase Returns April 29+30

Kids in grades 4 to 12 are invited to compete in The Tech Challenge in San Jose, in-person this year ...
T-Rex with mask

Cal Academy of Sciences Is for Kids of All Ages

Cal Academy of Sciences, kids and parents will have fun visiting an aquarium, rainforest, and natural history museum all under ...
children looking at big brown bear statue

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 ...
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 ...
Mom and child looking at animals at the 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 ...
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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