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Celebrating the Chinese New Year at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Chinese New Year Celebration

The residents of Sausalito are very lucky to have the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM), right in their back yard. For the rest of us residing in or visiting the Bay Area, BADM is worth the drive. The location is breathtaking and the museum will keep your little love entertained visit after visit.


Located in Fort Baker, there is plenty of parking on a grass lot right next to the museum. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from this parking area is spectacular.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
View from the parking lot. Not bad.

There were a lot of people attending the special Chinese New Year event taking place the day of our visit. Traffic guides were directing vehicles where to park and where to exit when leaving. I’m not sure that these guides are present on a daily basis, but since parking is on a grass lot without any clearly marked parking spaces, I would hope that they are.


There were many activities and performances to enjoy on the day of the Chinese New Year celebration. These activities were all in addition to the exhibits and activities the museum already offers year-round.

Lion Dancers Performing at BADM

Out of what was offered we enjoyed the Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dance Team performance, 10,000 Victories Kung Fu School martial arts demonstration, and the Calligraphy demonstration and take-home name keepsake.

Chinese Calligraphy at the Bay Area Discovery Msueum


Besides gaining access to the Chinese New Year Celebration with our tickets, we were able to enjoy the Bay Area Discovery Museum in its entirety. This discovery museum is extensive, with plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to explore. Here’s a basic list of must sees during your visit:

  • Outdoor Learning Lab
  • Lookout Cove – Take in the view of the bay, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Shipwreck – Excavate buried treasure.
  • Discovery Hall – See what traveling exhibitions are currently installed.
  • Imagination Playground – Play and build with large foam blocks, noodles, balls, and more.
  • Gopher Tunnel
  • Fab Lab – Use low-tech and high-tech tools.
  • Art Studios – Create art with an array of materials, tools, and techniques.
  • Tot Spot – A dedicated indoor/outdoor zone for children under 42″ tall.
Tot Spot at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bridge over the Tot Spot rock stream bed.
Tide Pool at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Playing with fish and frogs in the rock stream bed.
Shipwreck at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Excavating treasures in the Shipwreck.
Bay Area Discovery Museum Playground
Running around a mini Golden Gate Bridge.
Outdoors at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Playing large instruments outdoors.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS at BADM (Bay Area Discovery Museum)

The Bay Area Discovery Museum hosts special events, like the one I’m discussing in this post, member only events, and talks and lectures.

In addition to the Chinese New Year celebration, BADM offers:

  • STEM Superheroes Series (April 14-15, May 12-13, June 9-10)
  • Goblin Jamboree (October)
  • Noon Year’s Eve (New Year’s Eve)

Members get exclusive access to Member Storytime, Member Meet-Ups, and other Member Events.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum also offers Family Classes and Camps throughout the year. Family Classes are known as Get Ready to Get Messy Classes. During these classes children 2-4 have access to art stations. They’ll be introduced to science concepts and they’ll get to practice their collaboration skills.


For the Chinese New Year Celebration, Chinese food was offered. There was also a wonton making station where you could make your own wonton for free (while supplies lasted).

Chinese food at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bean Sprouts Café is the year-round, onsite place to fuel up. The menu gives an array of options, including options for those with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. For added fun, Bean Sprouts Café has perfected the presentation of healthy children’s foods:

Bean Sprout Cafe Imaginibbles
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To save on cash, bringing your own snacks or lunch is an option. There are some indoor seating options, but most of the seating is outdoors at picnic tables.


General Admission
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Monday, February 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (regularly closed Mondays)

Member Hour
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.


The Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed Mondays unless noted.

BADM is closed on Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and for annual maintenance two weeks in September.


General Admission tickets include access to all indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus a wide range of daily drop-in programs.

  • $1 – For EBT Cardholders ($1 per family member of the household)
  • $13.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)
  • $14.95 – Child (ages 1-17)
  • $14.95 – Adult (ages 18-64)
  • $13.95 – Senior (ages 65+)


The famed Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade takes place tomorrow evening! The parade starts at 5:15 PM at Second and Market. You can learn everything you need to know about the parade on its FAQ page. Here’s the route map:

Chinese New Year Parade Route.PNG

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(Happy New Year!)

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