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      • 9/3/15 Listen to art at the Bay Area Discovery Museum with new Artist-in-Residence Marco Pinter
      • 5/12/15 Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! opens May 23 at Bay Area Discovery Museum
      • 5/1/15 Bay Area Discovery Museum Will Host Playdate 2015: White to Bright Gala on May 8 Museum to raise $325,000 to Support Early Childhood Education Programs
      • 4/15/15 Celebrate Nature with Hands-On Programs and a Performance
      • 4/9/15 Resource Fair to Connect Under-Resourced Families with Community Partners and Celebrate School Readiness
      • 4/3/15 Celebrate Nature with Hands-On Programs and a Performance
      • 3/31/15 Latest Findings Reported on How to Inspire Creativity in Children
      • 3/17/15 Enjoy Spring Break at the Bay Area Discovery Museum During Special Hours
      • 3/17/15 Discover Boats, Cruisers, Trucks and a Helicopter at Bay Area Discovery Museum’s National Park Safety Day
      • 3/9/15 Choreographer Claudia Anata Hubiak and The Anata Project Named as Museum’s Artist-in-Residence
      • 2/16/15 Summer Day Camps Explore the Arts, Sciences & Environment for Kids Ages 3 - 8
      • 2/12/15 Creativity Forum 2015 Features Best-Selling Authors, Daniel Pink and Tony Wagner
      • 2/12/15 Evening Lecture to Explore The Neuroscience of Learning Differences
      • 2/4/15 Lion Dancers and More at Chinese New Year Family Celebration
      • 2/2/14 Museum Classes Build Early Socialization Skills for Critical School Readiness in Preschoolers
      • 1/29/15 100Kin10
      • 1/14/15 Special Celebration and Performances Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      • 1/8/15 Storyland Exhibition Opens
      • 1/6/15 Artist in Residence Liz Harvey
      • 11/18/14 Be a Wizard, Seafarer, Explorer or Artist at School Break Camps
      • 11/14/14 Get Shipwrecked in the Interactive play, The Explorers
      • 11/11/14 Fresh Snow Descends on Museum
      • 11/7/14 Bay Area Discovery Museum Welcomes Newest Marketing Director; Appoints New CFO
      • 11/6/14 Family Classes Ignite Creativity
      • 1/3/12 Bay Area Discovery Museum Announces New Leadership
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“What we value most: The breadth of offerings. The outdoor space. The Family Classes. The  9 a.m. opening time. The changing exhibits in the Discovery Hall. As the children grow, they are attracted to different aspects of the Museum.” – Member comment, Spring 2013

“The combination of free play, child-driven exploration and interesting challenges psed by the staff is unmatched in any other program in the Bay Area. And we’ve tried most of them.” – Camps parent, Summer 2013

“What a great place! We brought out 18 month-old here while visiting San Francisco & it was the HIT of the trip! What a perfect place for a toddler to spend the afternoon. Many Children's museums are geared towards older children - but this place is a toddler's dream come true. Loved the outdoor activities, especially the puppet theatre & the outdoor trail. The shrubbery maze was great - the entire experience was just awesome. We've been to Children's museums all over the country & we think the Bay Area Discovery Museum was the BEST by far! Wish we didn't live on the other side of the country - but we'll definately be back.” – Rose S., Yelp, 11/5/2013

“The Connections program helps us level the playing field by providing our students with some of those vital experiences which higher income students get to have.” – Connections Partner Educator

“I love bringing my baby here!  He's been enthralled with several areas of this indoor-outdoor playground since he was under a year old and barely crawling.  It's a great place to meet friends for a chat while the kids explore because the spaces are pretty contained and there's so much to see & do!” – Laura A., Yelp, 6/7/2013

I am a scientist and was at the museum today with my two kids. We've been there maybe 15 times in the past two years. I am writing to say that the museum RULES. Let me repeat: IT RULES. The exhibits are brilliant and totally in touch with the need to get kids outdoors and connected with nature.” -Anna Weinstein

“The perfect combination of indoor and outdoor experiences is a highly appealing aspect of the Museum. The exhibits and performances offered indoors are educational and really enjoyed by both of us, but we also love playing outdoors, particularly on the boat.” -Mike Broneau, father of Alexandra

“The location is awe-inspiring. It is so specific to San Francisco. My husband and I grew up in the City and the Museum captures the magical essence of the Bay. There are no other places that combine site and content so well for kids.” -Natasha Boas, mother of Jacques

“The kids get so excited here!” -Sue Baum, teacher, Jefferson Pre-K

“Alvarado Elementary has long recognized what a special learning environment the Bay Area Discovery Museum provides. Our students, teachers and parents enjoy your exhibits and school programs.” -Phyllis Matsuno, principal, Alvarado Elementary School

“Teachers describe the Bay Area Discovery Museum as an authentic experience that honors all members of the community,” – Jane Mancina, Junipero Serra Annex Child Develop Center Site Director

“Fantastic. It was wonderful. Staff had a great time. Parents thought it was wonderful. [The children] visit their pictures every day. They are covered in fingerprints.” – Doris Smith, Marin Community Child Development Programs, Novato Children’s Center Site Manager / Lead Teacher

“The children were so excited they couldn’t stop talking about how they went fishing, the brooms, and the tree they could crawl through. Staff was really great at holding their attention. We had too many adults who wanted to go.” – Shirley Lee, Commodore Stockton Child Development Center

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