Blog: Innovation Destinations

Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: Engineers, Nurdles and the Moon

Nurdle Patrol?! This Saturday, get a close up look at what lives in the shore off Crissy Field. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Marine Science Institute are hosting a free Nurdle Patrol, allowing participants to collect plankton and water samples and examine them under a microscope to see all kinds of living things unseen by the naked eye. Activities will include a debris detective mystery, examining the links between plastic debris and creatures, and learning what a nurdle really is. The event is free, but preregistration is required.

Museum Day Live! The California Historical Society is celebrating Smithsonian magazine's eleventh annual Museum Day Live this Saturday. Get free tickets to the museum by rsvping at Museum Day Live, then visit the California Historical Society any time that day. Get to see the exhibition City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair, plus get a set of special postcards with your ticket. The goal of Museum Day Live is to help make knowledge accessible to everything through sponsoring an open admissions policy, much like at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.

Find the gray fox! This Saturday, head to the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Center in Fremont to help find the elusive gray fox - or at a minimum, to learn tools to help in the (nonviolent) hunt. Learn to look for their paw prints and how to differentiate other clues that could be left by either a dog or a fox. Participants will learn about gray fox behavior and nature while on a family-friendly walk. The event is from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Explore the Exploratorium for free! This Sunday is Latino Engineering Day/Día de la Ingeniería at the Exploratorium, which provides free admission for all, and features discussions and presentations highlighting Latino engineering heritage. Help crash test a pinata, learn the legacy of Inka Engineering, meet Latino scientists and engineers, and more on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Total lunar eclipse of the heart! This Sunday night is a big one for fans of the moon! A Super Moon (when the moon is closest to the Earth) and a Total Lunar Eclipse will happen at the same night and Chabot Space & Science Center is hosting a watching event. View the moon from Chabot's observatory deck from 7 - 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $10 per person.