This year's Holiday Gift Guide includes unique gifts for curious explorers. Gift givers and recipients will enjoy these delightful, playful, and often punny gifts.
One can also give the gift of experience--an Exploratorium membership. Membership to our popular adult-only After Dark program is priced to be accessible to all wanting to attend (or give!)—both options, individual and dual, cost a little more than attending two After Dark events respectively and can be used to attend 50+ After Dark programs a year.
Click here to see the complete 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.
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The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150+ Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich
This book is not your average art book. Brought to you by the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that's part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold works—and learn a few lessons in tinkering yourself.
“Sun’s out, solar balloon’s out” doesn’t rhyme, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Put away your air pump and let the sun save your lungs some work—this 50-foot balloon launches using nothing but solar power. Heat from the sun and differences in air density, the same science that keeps hot air balloons afloat, raise the giant balloon into the air and keep it there until you’re ready to bring it back down. (There’s a release flap; you won’t need to wait until nighttime.)
Spinballs LED Glow Poi
Learn to spin poi without the burn risk using these LED versions. This poi glow in all colors of the rainbow and are great beginners—they're soft and they come with an app to tech basic poi-spinning skills. Choose from eight different light modes, from the natural flame to rainbow fade, for some true mood lighting.
Probably the only time you should let a child play with Plutonium and Arsenic. Each colorful block features six element images accompanied by their atomic number, symbol, and name.
Two debossed sides feature a planet’s symbol, name, and several moons. The four printed sides reveal a planet illustration, diameter, location, and distance from the sun. This nine-block set honors all eight planets in our solar system; plus a bonus dwarf planet, Pluto.
Tegu Classic Blocks in Blue
These splendidly pleasing tinted blocks will support hours of open-ended play and creative innovation.
This set of 14 blocks includes columns, long planks, short planks, cubes, and parallelograms ensuring endless combinations and tireless possibilities.
Sustainability sourced and non-toxic. Small magnets are safely embedded in the blocks. Recommended for ages 1+
Pizza Pi Cutter
With the pizza Pi cutter, your pizza is cut with ease thanks to stainless steel double wheel blades. The only rational way to slice up a pizza.
Pi T-Shirt (Women's)
The first five digits of pi and a date the world won't see again for 1,000 years—look your best with this t-shirt. Show off your pi pride to an astonishing 1,878 digits.
Made in the United States from 100% organic cotton. Available in adult sizes S-XXL
Hey, you've got pi on your shirt!
85 Digits of Pi Sock (Men's)
Who doesn't love Pi? Show off your mathematical prowess with our 85 Digits of Pi socks. Featuring — you guessed it — all of the first 85 digits of the elusive mathematical constant that is Pi, these black socks are sure to be a conversation starter.
Fiber Optic Bottlelight
Bring out a bottle of something sparkling with these LED fiber optics bottle lights. Adjustable to any of six colors, they lend some extra luminescence to all kinds of decor. Talk about mood lighting.
Constellation Stemless Wine - Winter Sky Northern Hemisphere
One 15 oz stemless wine glass etched with the stars and constellations of the Winter sky in the Northern Hemisphere.
Take these engraved stemless wine glasses camping, on the back deck, or on the beach for your next stargazing outing. What better way to enjoy the wonders of the universe by letting it hold your favorite chardonnay for you to sip on.
Beetle Bottle Opener
Experience a complete metamorphosis in the way you open bottles. Away with awkward twisting or pedestrian openers. The Beetle Bottle opener offers a glamorous, slightly gothic, approach to unveiling your much-deserved beverages.
Hand-wash only; this golden beetle does not like dishwashers.
Mushroom Enameled Mug
There's nothing magic about this enameled mushroom mug, but the beautifully illustrated mushrooms adorning it could very well send you into a state of euphoria. Learn both the common and scientific names for various types of mushrooms—all while you sip your morning juice. Lightweight yet durable, this mug is ideal for the following scenarios: spouting Latin words at lackluster parties, masquerading as a mushroom, or simply to prove that you're a fun guy.
Like mushrooms, this mug is not suitable for microwaves or dishwashers. Please show caution with hot liquids.
Monster Sewing Workshop
Learn to sew by making a funny lovable little monster that only a mother< or father could love. The full-color manual explains the basic techniques involved in hand sewing and offers various design suggestions for creating your own stuffed monsters. A wide variety of printed fabrics, felt, thread, stuffing, and other materials are supplied to enable the creation of unique and personalized monsters that you can keep for yourself or unleash on your friends.
Fabtronic Sewing Set
Light up your life and your sewing with the Teknikio Fabric Sewing Kit. This kit incorporates basic electronics and simple hand-sewing to make a stuffed owl that lights up according to your every whim (and the laws of physics)—though all the parts are durable and reusable, so you can add some spark to whatever you make.
Exploratorium Label Jacket
Underdressed for San Francisco’s frigid spring/summer weather?
Sport the Exploratorium’s sleekly stylish Label Jacket. Definitely not bulky, it’s lightweight and has a warm fleece-lined interior. Our structured jacket features two chest pockets that snap shut, and front pockets to tuck hands in, and out of the blasting foggy wind. The heavy-duty metal zipper stands the endurance test of zipping out the cold, and unzipping as you step into one of the city’s famed coffee shops.
Wear it and blend in with the locals.
Speks Luxe Edition
Things that are attached to Speks magnetic spheres include your hands, your eyes, other metals, your fidgety impulses, and other Speks. These 512 rare-earth magnets are endlessly buildable and moldable, come in a whole rainbow of colors. Just try to keep your hands off them.
Exploratorium Optical Illusion Messenger Bag
Messenger bag made in San Francisco just for the Exploratorium by Rickshaw Bagworks, using a mesmerizing Lollipop Optical Illusion on the front flap.
This bag measures 10"H x 10"W base x 13"W top x 4.5" D with a large main compartment and two front pockets. Featuring a quick adjust cross body shoulder strap, it is lightweight but sturdy and conforms to your body with use.