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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. 


Desert Discovery Family Day

Monday, February 16, 2015
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 share activities and crafts that explore this blistering habitat. 

This Family Day is generously sponsored by SDG&E.

All Fired Up! Family Day

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Fires drastically change the ecosystems in the chaparral displacing many plants and animals that call it home. We’ll learn all about the fire cycle and how these species adapt and survive in this changing environment. Make a craft to take home and visit activity stations that will share interesting knowledge on the fire cycle and why it’s an important part of this habitat.

Come visit us at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering on Saturday, March 21 at the PETCO EXPO.

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.


Buggin’ Out Family Day

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Did you know that while all bugs are insects, not all insects are bugs? Creep, crawl, and fly with nature’s most numerous and varied creatures. Become a junior entomologist as we investigate the insect world through Museum specimens, hands-on activities, and a buggy craft or two to take home.

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