With the rainy season coming upon us any day, we try to get out as much as possible to enjoy the sunshine. Just the other day, we checked our library card’s Discover and Go section and found free passes to the Bay Area Discovery Museum…SCORE! We loaded up the car with our snacks, drinks and lunch and headed over to Sausalito.
Upon arrival, we saw the most beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and sail boats galore. This probably would have been an entire afternoon of fun in itself but we headed inside the discovery museum. We started at the Lookout Cove. For the kiddos, there is about 2.5 acres of outdoor fun from pirate shipwrecks to a huge sandbox full of sea creature to a simulated landslide area. For the mommies, there is the most spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge from almost any angle. Phenomenal!
Next, we moved on to the outdoor building blocks area known as the Imagination Playground. My little guy was in heaven building, jumping and demolishing.
Next up, the Artist Studio. Organic water-resistant smocks are available upon entry and highly recommended as little ones are drawn to their special painting walls. From there you can move on to the homemade play-doh table and special crafts. Our special craft was painting with colored glue and glitter…FUN FUN, messy FUN! Best of all, clean-up is happily done by the staff.
Last stop for us was the Outside Tot Spot. Although smocks are available, every single kid seemed to be soaked in water. With an ever-flowing faux rock stream, toddlers have a ball playing with the water and plastic frogs and fish. Shrieks of happiness can be heard with every splash. We easily spent 45 minutes in this area…note to self: Make sure this is your last stop as your child will be happily drenched from head to toe. Sunscreen and an extra set of clothes are a must do!
While we did not make it to every area of the Discovery Museum, we will surely be back to check it all out. It is certainly a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family museum that offers a full range of activities for children ages 8 and younger. Every facet of the Museum is hands-on, tactile, developmentally enriching and technology free. A definite must-do when visiting the Bay Area.
Moms, what are the best museums for kids in your city?