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Family Days

Come take a journey through this amazing place we call home!

Coast to Cactus in Southern California, our brand-new, permanent exhibition almost a decade in the making, is now open! To help celebrate this remarkable milestone, we are dedicating our Family Days through May to the exhibition by featuring a different habitat each month. Join us as we discover what makes southern California so incredibly special and unique.

  • Family Days are included with general admission and are always free for members.
  • Each Family Day runs from 11 AM to 3 PM. 


Forest Fun Family Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Look to the east and you will see our beautiful mountain ranges. They are home to flora and fauna especially suited for life in the forest. We’ll focus the mighty oak tree and its pivotal role in this habitat. We’ll also take a look at the mule deer, squirrels, and woodpeckers, to name a few. We’ll create crafts and share activities that celebrate the forest. 


Crazy for the Coast! Family Day

Monday, May 25, 2015
Grizzly bears on the beach? Yes, until the early 1900s grizzly bears were spotted on our beaches. Today, we still have extreme survivors on our coasts such as the moon snail and innkeeper worm, which are much smaller and harder to see. Join us for activities and crafts as we get crazy for the coast.


Mysteries of the Maya Family Day

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Join us as we celebrate the opening weekend of our newest traveling exhibition, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Walk in steps of the ancient Maya as we rediscover this ancient civilization. We’ll encounter the richness of this culture through hands-on activities and a craft to take home.

This Family Day is generously sponsored by the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.