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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of family programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world.  
Upcoming Programs (2017)


Science on Site: Scanning Electron Microscope
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
11:00AM–2:00 PM
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Behind the Scenes - Invertebrate Zoology Department

Using the power focused electron beams, Dr. Daniel Geiger is able to showcase magnified images of insects, shells and more with his magnificent Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)! Join Dr. Geiger for a demonstration of the SEM and learn how it works. Space is limited, sign-up starts in the Courtyard on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30AM. Free with paid Museum Admission. 

FREE with paid Museum admission.  
Information: Contact Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170

Portal to the Planet
Saturdays in March and April*
1:00–3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

The ocean defines our world: It shapes the surface of our planet and supports all life on Earth. Today, humans have the chance to shape the health of the ocean for the better! Join us at the Investigation Station to see how the chemistry of ocean water is changing and impacting shelled marine life, and discover some of the innovative ways communities are making smarter choices for the health of the ocean! Fun for all ages.

*April 22, our Sea Center program will be showcased at Alameda Park for the CEC’s Earth Day Festival. Come join us at our Earth Day Booth in the Kid-Zone for special hands on activities.

FREE with paid admission to the Sea Center

Information: Call Jackie Hunt at 805-962-2526 ext. 110


BranchOut: Nature Escape Room Event

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ages 4-7: 10:30-11:30AM and 1:15-2:15PM

Ages 8-14: 11:45AM-12:45PM and 2:30-3:30PM

BranchOut designs activities that give kids an experience in nature they will never forget. Modeled off the popular "escape room" movement, games are brought to life where kids are the heroes on a quest to solve an environmental mission before time runs out. Participants must work together to solve puzzles and challenges, exploring nature and the great outdoors for clues.

Guardians are encouraged to participate with their child in this family event; all participating guardians/adults must also reserve a spot when signing up.

Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
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All pre-registered participants receive free admission.

Information: or 805-682-4711 ext. 162

2017 Family Festivals include:

  • Underwater Parks Day @ Sea Center (Saturday, January 21)
  • Members' Party (Friday, May 26)
  • World Oceans Day @ Sea Center (Saturday, June 3)
  • Astro-vaganza (Saturday, September 9)
  • California Coastal Beach Cleanup (Saturday, September 16)
  • Eyes in the Sky Open House (Sunday, October 15)
  • (Eerie) Tales and (Fishy) Scales @ Sea Center (Saturday, October 28, 11:00AM-3:00PM)
  • Supak'a: Chumash Gathering (Saturday, November 11)

For more information about upcoming programs, please visit our Calendar page.
Please contact 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or if you have questions regarding family programs.  


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