Museum Programs

Our public educational programs are open-ended play opportunities that offer a way for our visitors to engage with our staff and each other in the exhibit spaces and explore early science, math, art, and literacy concepts and current child development research. All public programs are included with Museum admission. All programs are subject to change and cancellation. Please check our on-sight program chalkboard for updates and locations.

Daily Programs
Weekly Programs
Special Programs

Check our Calendar for the most up to date listings of our programs.

Daily Programs

Toddler Circle Time | Tot Spot

Daily, 9:30 - 10 a.m.
0 - 3 years

Sing songs, dance, wiggle and hop around in this fun-filled program made especially for our youngest Museum visitors. Practice language and movement skills while making new friends. 

Creativity Kits | Check the chalkboard

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 - 11 a.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 4 - 4:30 p.m. 
0 - 5 years

Explore the whole Museum using a kit of special materials in these rotating STEM programs including Math in Motion, Bubble Poppin' and Move It! Shake It!

Storytime | Lookout Cove

Daily, 11 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 3 - 3:30 p.m.
3 - 5 years

Join our educators for interactive adventures using books, puppets and props as stories come to life. 

Research Toys | Research Lab

Tuesday - Friday, 2:30 - 3 p.m. 
0 - 5 years

Be a young scientist by participating in rotating interactive activities led by a research facilitator. Adults will learn about the latest research on child development. 

NEW! Chinese Games | Bridge Room

Fridays (begins January 22), 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
3 - 8 years

Learn about traditional Chinese board games and participate in a Dragon Parade around the Museum. 

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Special Programs


The Hipwaders

Saturday, March 19
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free with admission

Award-winning children’s band, The Hipwaders, are playing their irresistible blend of witty lyrics and pop-rock songs like “Educated Kid” and “Hey Josie.” Come dance and sing along!

Flying Angels Chinese Dance

Sunday, March 20 
11 a.m.
Free with admission

Enjoy an interactive, traditional Chinese dance performance by the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, a San Francisco-based youth dance troupe.


Saturday, April 16
11 - 11:45 a.m.
Free with admission

Octopretzel, a children’s folk music band, plays an interactive musical performance, including puppets, lullabies, nursery rhymes and more.

The Bug Family Band

Saturday, May 7
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Free with admission

In this outdoor performance, The Bug Family Band plays adult-friendly music that gets kids dancing and signing along.

Art Journey

Mission Murals

Sunday, April 17 
10:30 - 11: 30 a.m.
3543 18th St., San Francisco

Families are invited to join Museum educators at this off-site Art Journey in the Mission District of San Francisco to discuss the “MaestraPeace” mural and its creation by seven female artists. Art Journeys are a unique opportunity to explore off-site art installations around the Bay Area, including an engaging discussion and art making activity.

Admission is free, however space is limited. Registration is required. RSVP to Christina Sheils at csheilsbadmorg.

Chinese Brush Painting

Saturday, April 2 
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Free with admission

Artist Pauline Tsui teaches basic Chinese brush painting techniques in this hands-on workshop, where kids create original works of art. 

Family History Project

Friday, May 13, 20, & 27 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Free with admission

Children delve into their individual family story by recording their family’s history, unique traditions, language and experiences.

Weekly Programs

Art Lab | Idea Spot

Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
3 - 8 years

Delve one step further into the techniques, media or concepts related to our featured Spotlight Artists who inspire us with their out-of-the-box thinking. 

Science Lab | Check the Chalkboard

Friday in December, Saturday beginning January, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
3 - 8 years

Hypothesize, experiment, investigate, evaluate... repeat! Using real science tools and inquiry-based investigation, explore concepts like light innovation from the candle to the bulb. 

Maker Lab | Check the Chalkboard

Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
5 - 8 years

The Maker movement emphasizes innovation and invention through building and design. Explore how things work, take them apart, plan, test and design your own creations. 

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