Family Days

Join us for monthly Family Days at theNAT, September through May, as we celebrate the natural world and our Museum. Each month has been uniquely themed to allow us to explore nature’s wonders, participate in hands-on activities, and create crafts to take home.

Family Days run from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Family Days are included with paid general admission and free for members. Not a member? Join today.

  • 9 Dec

    Mammal Mania Family Day

    What breathes air, has a backbone, and grows hair? A mammal, of course! Mammals are among the most intelligent of all living creatures and include a wide variety of animals, from cats to humans to whales. Join for a day that celebrates the variety and diversity of the mammal. We’ll have activities and crafts that honor this fantastic class of animal. 

    • Saturday, December 9, 2017 11 AM
  • 15 Jan

    Whale of a Time Family Day

    Every year from December through April, magnificent gray whales pass through San Diego’s coastal waters on their way to and from their breeding grounds. The gray whale makes the longest migration of any mammal on earth traveling 10,000 to 12,000 miles each year. Learn more about these fascinating mammals and join us in whale-inspired activities and make a craft to take home. 

    • Monday, January 15, 2018 11 AM
  • 19 Feb

    Citizen Science Family Day

    Become a citizen scientist and uncover nature’s wonders as we investigate the worlds of paleontology, herpetology, entomology, ornithology, mammalogy, and botany. Participate in activities and crafts that celebrate our natural world.

    • Monday, February 19, 2018 11 AM
  • 18 Mar

    Flower Power Family Day

    Spring is in the air! Become a junior botanist and celebrate the beauty and power of flowering plants during the lushest of all the seasons. We’ll learn the science of plants, grow and dissect seeds, and make plant-inspired crafts for you to take home.

    • Sunday, March 18, 2018 11 AM
  • 14 Apr

    Trash to Treasure Family Day

    Celebrate the Earth and save the planet. Join us as we honor Earth Day and help keep our environment clean by turning recyclable trash into treasure. We’ll provide the recycled supplies and all you need to do is bring the creativity. 

    • Saturday, April 14, 2018 11 AM
  • 28 May

    Desert Discovery Family Day

    Far from deserted, our deserts are full of plant and animal life. From bees and snakes, to bighorn sheep and blooming cacti, see how plants and animals adapt to the heat, how they avoid it, and why they mainly come out at night. We’ll provide crafts and activities to learn all about this amazing habitat. 

    • Monday, May 28, 2018 11 AM