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Bay Area Discovery Museum

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Address: 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone Number: 415-339-3900
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the nationally recognized...
Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the nationally recognized Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family museum that offers a full range of activities for children ages 8 and younger. The Museum's unique programs feature hands-on art and science exhibits, performances, workshops, and cultural festivals -- all with a focus on fun.
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Great for small kids

We spend half day with our 6 year old daughter. There is a lot to play and learn for the kids. There are different areas for the kids to explore. They can build things, play in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Suzhou, China
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Suzhou, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We spend half day with our 6 year old daughter. There is a lot to play and learn for the kids. There are different areas for the kids to explore. They can build things, play in the water or make patterns with sand. The location is also great, from the car park you have a view to the Golden Gate... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our 3 year old loves this place, especially the inside area where you paint on the windows. I love all the assortment of activities that keep kids busy and engaged. It's nice that there is so much to do outside, my only concern is the water play area's outside, could be cleaner for little hands (as little hands go into... More 

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San Rafael, California
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81 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you like hands on and a place where kids go and don't wan to leave this is it. The location is historic Military land reclaimed. Right next to the San Francisco Bay this is family fun at its best. But its great for adults too.

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Santa Rosa, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We took a 4 and 7 year old. There was more than enough things to do to keep them busy. They fell right to sleep as soon as we got in the car.

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New York City, New York, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a nice little museum for kids. It has many activities, arts and crafts, a nice playground and so forth. Make sure to find a deal on Groupon or Travelzoo before coming here and you'll save a lot of money - otherwise it's overpriced. It's nothing we haven't seen before with kids. Some of the employees were a bit... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

:Lots to do for kids 2-9. Half the museum is outside which is fine most days though it can get cold and windy in the winter. we loved the circle exhibition and the outdoor spaces.Go to town for lunch if you want better food than what they offer which is adequate.

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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Great place for young children to explore by touching, feeling, playing, creating, & etc. Even the arts & science area was fun. It was very enjoyable to see both my toddlers age 4 & 2 years enjoy a place that is designed for them that had safe and fun areas to play at/in. We visited for about 2 hours. Wished... More 

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San Jose, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My kids love this place , it felt like 4 hours weren't enough to do the exploring . The outdoor and indoor activities are very fun . There is an indoor place to paint and play with ice ...kids had lot of fun . Aside from that , this location has fantastic options for taking photos . The views of... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

If you have kids aged 2 - 9 Go! Something for every imagination. We loved the "stick hut". Avoid a rainy day , plan at least three hours and the entrance fee will be worth it. Kids should wear "get mudy-sticky-painty" clothes. Also, enjoy great GG Bridge views, yummy food, and sightingd of the fascinating species of "SF/Marin techno-parentis" and... More 

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place is a must see for anyone traveling through this area. There are things for every age group but our group of kids were aged 3-7 and they all loved it. Lots of hands on and lots of outdoor activities. They have new events and activities from time to time so check the website and plan accordingly. They also... More 

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