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Day Trip to Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is open

Now open with reservations, the Bay Area Discovery Museum offers outdoor wonders and indoor discovery areas with many new features that families may have missed if they haven’t visited recently. The museum is open for everyone by reservation, including the new Gumnut Grove, How Things Work, Try It Studio, Tot Spot, and the Iceless Skate Rink exhibits.

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The Beach exhibit at BADM is a great place to kick back and enjoy the view | Photo: Julie Herson

Bay Area Discovery Museum’s New Exhibits

While many of everyone’s favorites are still available, like the foam building Imagination Playground, Bay Hall and Instrument Walk, there are some super fun NEW exhibits and programs now available.  Here are a few of our favorites:

How Things Work

Kids of all ages want to understand how things work, so this innovative new exhibit offers a unique way of looking at things. Specifically, everyday items and systems are sliced in half so inquiring minds can see what’s going on in the inside. Be it a car, toilet, piano, or washing machine, you’ll get to play around and figure it all out. So fun! More>

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The How Things Work exhibit at the Bay Area Discovery Museum | Photo: Julie Herson

BADM Beach and Mud Kitchen

Both of these newer programs offer some fun basic outdoor play where your kids can get dirty and have a blast. The BADM Beach offers parents a relaxing Adirondack chair to relax in while their little ones get to dig and build, all with a stunning view of Golden Gate Bridge. The Mud Kitchen, currently in the forested area up the hill from the boat (but it moves around), is the ultimate in wild child play. Bowls, spoons, pots and pans, and as much dirt and mud as you need to make the perfect mud pie. Be prepared with extra clothes if your kid is the type to dive in headfirst.

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Mud kitchen at BADM is a hit for little kids | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Iceless Skate Rink

The perfect way to introduce your kids to ice skating without all the cold. Strap on the special shoes and glide, spin, and twirl without worrying about falling on freezing ice. Weekdays offer a less busy opportunity to enjoy the rink. When it gets busier they’ll offer 20 minutes sessions with 35 people per session. You may need to wait in line, but your kids can bide their time by building foam castles at the Imagination Playground right out in front of the rink. More>

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Iceless skating isn’t any less fun than the real thing | Photo: Julie Herson

And so much more…

The new Gumnet Grove is a fabulous play structure that will entice your 5-12-year-olds to climb, run and slide with abandon. Little kids won’t be able to climb up the rope to get to the slide, so maybe don’t walk over that way so you can avoid disappointment. Take them over to the outdoor painting area or the super cool obstacle course to test out their mini Ninja Warrior skills. Indoors there are multiple art labs and play spaces to learn and create with different media, from sand to stamps and more.

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Painting outside without rules at the Bay Area Discovery Museum | Photo: Julie Herson

There’s really so much to do and see, both indoors and out at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Your kids will have no shortage of engaging activities to interact with. So pack a lunch (and probably a change of clothes) and make a day of it!

Find out more about what to expect at BADM.

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Building thingamajigs outside at the Bay Area Discovery Museum | Photo: Julie Herson

Bay Area Discovery Museum Details

Address: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4 pm (Member Hour: 9 – 10 am); Closed Monday – Tuesday. BADM is open extra days for winter break! December 15 – January 2, BADM will be open daily, 9 am – 4 pm (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Closing at 2 pm on New Years Eve).  

Admission: $1 – For EBT Cardholders ($1 per family member of the household); $15 – Baby (ages 6-11 months); $18 – Child (ages 1-17); $18 – Adult (ages 18-64); $16 – Senior (ages 65+).  Admission is free to Bay Area residents the first Wednesday of every other month (registration required). Also try checking Discover & Go for free tickets.

Parking: FREE

Stroller Friendly: YES

Food: Bean Sprouts Cafe or bring your own.

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