A Day at the BADM

At the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge is a small, non-profit museum that caters to a very specific audience:  children as young as 6 months to 8 years.  A hands-on, interactive establishment, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, has been recognized as "the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators" (BADM Website).  And it lived up to all of my expectations.

The museum has several different buildings of interest:
  • Theatre:  The museum hosts a variety of musical acts ranging from folk music to rock'n'roll.  The day I went with my nephew we enjoyed the musical talents of Miss Kitty--a long time performer for the museum. 
  • Tot Spot:  This area (where we spent most of our time) is specifically designed for infants and toddlers.  Featuring a woodland theme, my nephew enjoyed most of his time jumping on lily pads, making animal sounds, and climbing mountains.  His favorite part was playing with the fish in the above ground river.
  • Bay Hall:  Modeled after the ports of San Francisco, this room houses boats, cranes, and trains.  Children can familiarize themselves with pulleys, knot tying, and stacking crates.
  • Wave Workshop:  This building features local sea life such as sea creatures, creatures that live on the sandy beaches, and local bird.  Another main focus of this area is the effect of wind on water and objects; this is illustrated by building and racing boats, creating waves, and seeing how different shapes are moved by wind.
  • Discovery Hall:  This building has rotating exhibits.  The current exhibit is Balancing Act.
  • Art Studios:  Housing two art studios (Studio 5 and Studio 10), art project are completely child-driven with an emphasis on getting messy!  Kids are encouraged to paint on walls and just play around with the process of making art.
  • Lookout Cove:  Essentially a giant playground that features several icons from the Bay Area:  the Golden Gate Bridge under construction, an authentic fishing boat, a landslide, rocky shores, and sea caves.
  • Imagination Playground:  Kids are given the opportunity to build anything they want with giant, biodegradable blocks.

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