Member Shopping Weekend

Thursday, December 5 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 6–Sunday, December 8 • 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Exclusive museum access: Saturday, December 7 • 9:00–10:00 a.m.

Have fun with the whole family and get all of your holiday shopping done at the Exploratorium! Enjoy double discounts at our stores for one weekend only, with 20% off all products* and gift memberships. We’ll take care of all your shopping needs from helping you pick out the perfect gift for even the hardest people to shop for to free gift wrapping. Make sure you pick up free members-only giveaways, enter our members-only raffle, and enjoy the museum to yourself for a members-only hour of access on a Saturday morning!

Play with the whimsical handmade machines of Curious Contraptions, bask in the dazzling lights of Glow, and experience astonishing visual effects at Kaleidoscope. Then get your holiday shopping done (with free gift wrapping and shopping-bag check) while supporting science education.

Not a member? Join to attend.


Double Your Discount*
Exploratorium Stores

Get your holiday shopping done while supporting science! Catch fun demonstrations led by product experts and shop for gifts created by local merchants and artisans. Take advantage of the one-weekend-only 20% member savings and get gifts for everyone on your list.

*Discount does not apply to sale merchandise.


Free Diffraction Glasses
Main Store

Pick up a complimentary pair of diffraction glasses to take Glow to a whole new level of sparkle. While supplies last.


Free Gift Wrapping for Exploratorium Purchases
Front Lobby at the Main Store Entrance

Gift Wrapping Hours

Thursday, December 5 • 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 7 • 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 8 • 10:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m. and 1:30–5:00 p.m.


Pop-Up Giveaways: Free Cirque du Soleil Tickets
Main Store

Shop in our Main Store for a chance to win two tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, now playing at Oracle Park in San Francisco. We're giving away four tickets each day to two lucky members—just shop to win! Some restrictions apply, tickets will be for specific dates.   


Raffle for a Tobbie II Robot 
Main Store

Enter to win a Tobbie II robot! You’ve probably wished, at some point, that you had a six-footed robot doing your bidding. Haven’t we all? Tobbie II is a hexiped robot you can build yourself; learn to code in either JavaScript or Python as you teach it new behaviors. No program or driver download required—do all your coding on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, and see what Tobbie II can do.


Free Shopping-Bag Check
Main Store

Leave your purchases in our Main Store for free! Get all your shopping done and then enjoy the Exploratorium without carrying any extra bags. 


Toys for Tots Donation Station
Front Lobby at the Main Store Entrance

Drop off a new toy for someone in need in our Toys for Tots barrel.


20% Off Gift Memberships

Can't decide what to get that certain someone? Give them the gift of a year at the Exploratorium! Receive 20% off daytime gift memberships all weekend when purchased at the Exploratorium.