With more than 650 hands-on exhibits to tinker with, and zero “Don’t Touch” signs, kids of all ages (including you) will find something fun to do at the Exploratorium. Here are a few tips to make your explorations even more joyful.
The Exploratorium is easy to reach whether you’re driving, biking, walking, or taking mass transit. Two adjacent lots offer our visitors discounted parking, we’ve got plenty of bike racks, and Muni’s historic F streetcar drops off right in front of the museum. Walking from the BART Embarcadero station with little ones? Bring your stroller—it’s an easy 15-minute walk—and enjoy the boats, bridge views, and sea birds along the way. For a playground stop, try the pirate-themed playground at Sue Bierman Park.
Strollers are welcome in the galleries. Loaners are available at the Information Desk (first come, first served).
Comfy couches for rests, snack breaks, and breastfeeding are scattered throughout the museum. Need a quiet spot to take a break? Slip away to the Observatory Gallery or the rocking chairs on the south side of Gallery 4, or head outside for bay views and benches. Plus, try visiting on weekday afternoons and weekend mornings, which are generally less crowded.
Changing Tables and Breastfeeding
All restrooms have diaper-changing tables or counters (with the exception of the single-occupancy restroom next to Seaglass Restaurant). Want privacy for breastfeeding? Ask at the Ticketing Desk for access to our First Aid Room.
Food and Beverages
Our café and restaurant both offer kid-friendly food options. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks and take a break in our outdoor areas or indoors next to the Seismic Joint Cafe.
You can come and go. For reentry, get your hand stamped in the ticketing corridor or when exiting near the Tactile Dome. We’re minutes from both Pier 39 and the Ferry Building Marketplace.
At the Exploratorium, you’ll see no shushing security guards—just our outgoing, orange-vested Explainers, some no older than your teens. Ask an Explainer to share tips and tricks for exploring exhibits; find a lost child; or point you to the restaurant, our two stores, or your favorite exhibit.
Cool Exhibits for Kids of All Ages
You’re never too young (or too old) to enjoy the Exploratorium. While our exhibits can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages, look out for these favorites for specific age groups.
Plan Your Visit
Buy your tickets online to skip the line—no fees either way—and remember, children 3 and under visit for free.
Looking for discounts? A membership makes it easier and more affordable for you and your family to connect with your curiosity (and each other) all year long, and it pays for itself in as little as two visits. Also, check out San Francisco CityPASS, GO San Francisco Card, and the Discover & Go Library Program.
Take a look at our events calendar before you visit, and our FAQ if you have more questions.