**The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is one of several museums in the area that is currently offering free admission to families that have been affected by the Napa/Sonoma fires. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates!**
At the end of August, Jojo and I went on a special little trip, just the two of us, down to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. It had been getting kind of chaotic in our house with Daniel being in full colic mode, so I wanted to give Jojo some one-on-one attention and a break from all of the crying.
I had planned to get on the road first thing in the morning, but we all overslept, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. When we arrived around 11, the museum was still pretty busy, but by noon it was much calmer. Weekday afternoons are clearly the way to go!
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit
We mostly went for the main exhibit, based on the show "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," that had been running all summer. We went during the last week it was open -- I really wanted to make sure Jojo got a chance to see it before it ended, since he's a big fan of the TV show (and it's one of the few kids' shows that I actually look forward to watching!)
They set up an interactive display of Daniel Tiger's "world" for the kids to engage with. Jojo was frustrated that none of the doors to the houses opened, but I think that would've resulted in quite a few smashed fingers, so I can totally see why they kept them shut. Since the exhibit was contained in one building, I was able to let Jojo roam around on his own and do his thing while I kept a watchful eye on him.
After spending almost two full hours in the Daniel Tiger room, it was time for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings at the museum cafe, and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge made waiting in line a breeze (pun intended -- my hair was crazy windswept!)
The Rest of the Museum
We spent another 45 minutes or so after lunch outside in the "Lookout Cove" and "Tot Lot" sections. Both areas have lots of cool stuff to climb on and explore, like a fishing boat and a miniature Golden Gate Bridge. It was a pretty warm day, so we pretty much reached our max of outside time and needed to go back inside.
All of the indoor exhibits are housed in separate buildings. We swung by Bay Hall to play with the trains for a while before heading back home, but didn't get a chance to visit any of the other buildings (aside from Discovery Hall, the one with the Daniel Tiger exhibit).
Next time, I would like to spend more time at the museum itself to see the exhibits we didn't get to, and also try to check out the neighboring Fort Baker.