Exploratorium Holiday Events

San Francisco's favorite hands-on museum offers a boatload of programs to fill up your holiday schedule. Parents, caregivers, and kids will enjoy all of the following activities. Be sure to get there early to beat the crowds.

Holiday Animation Film Festival
Monday, December 26-Friday, December 30 2011, Noon, 2pm, 4pm
The Exploratorium’s cinematic holiday festivities continue with the Holiday Animation Film Festival. This round up of animated shorts utilizes computers, stop-motion and other animation techniques to capture the hilarity in several playful scenarios. Among the films to be screened are these engaging shorts: Sour Death Balls, White Out, and Western Spaghetti.

Winter Break Camp: Flying Things
Monday, December 19-Friday, December 23, 2011, 9am – 4 pm
How do you keep curiosity alive for young children during winter break from school? The answer from the Exploratorium is "Winter Break Camp," a full week of daily discoveries and hands-on making fun for kids ages 7 to 10 years old. This year’s theme – Flying Things, will focus on investigating the physics of flight by exploring airplanes, rockets, parachutes, and then building things that fly.

Explorables: Science You Can Play With
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 11am – 2 pm
It’s child’s play at the Exploratorium’s new Explorables station, where activities focus on experimenting with everyday materials, discovery and toy-making – in other words, playing with science! Youngsters can take part in activities, such as discovering the secret colors in black ink, or drumming up their own "membrane-o-phones."   These drop-in workshops mix classic activities with open-ended investigations, encouraging young experimenters to follow their hunches all the way to aha moments of insight.

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