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.
We’ll creep, crawl, and flutter with some of the Earth’s most numerous and varied creatures. Discover San Diego’s insect residents through buggy crafts, insect investigations, and some special guests.
What lurks in the night? Celebrate bats and other nocturnal creatures at this annual Halloween-themed event. Learn all about nocturnal animals, get a tattoo, and make a bat craft to take home. You can also stop by and visit us out on the Prado Walkway as we’ll have a booth set up for the Park-wide Halloween Family Day.
Rock out and delve into the fascinating world of rocks and minerals. Take a journey through our new gems and minerals exhibition and marvel at the beauty and history. We’ll perform experiments, learn about different rocks and minerals, and make a craft to take home. Get ready to rock!
’Tis the season to bundle up and stay out of the cold! We’re pretty lucky here in San Diego, but many animals have to get ready for the winter months ahead. Join us as we discover animal adaptations. We’ll have hands-on activities and make a craft to take home. Brrrrrr!
There’s a lot going on at the rocky water’s edge and along our coast. The ocean is abundant with interesting sea creatures. Join as we discover what lies along San Diego’s coastline. We’ll have specimens, activities, and crafts to help us celebrate and protect our local tide pools and great blue Pacific Ocean. Note: This falls on a Monday to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
San Diego’s diverse habitats allow us to journey from our rich coastline to the mountains and from ancient forests to the rugged desert wilderness, all in one day! Come explore the plants and animals in our backyards through hands on activities and a craft to take home. Note: This falls on a Monday to coincide with Presidents Day.
Spring break at The Nat is blooming with fun and science! Join us for a week of activities that blend both art and science. We’ll highlight our science departments: birds, mammals, botany, entomology, herpetology, and paleontology. Join us each day or just one for interactive activities, mini tours, live animal encounters, and more. All activities are included with paid admission.
Join us as we explore nature’s wonders and get ready to participate in the upcoming City Nature Challenge. Take part in activities and crafts that celebrate our great outdoors and one of the most biodiverse regions in the country.
Under your feet lie clues to the distant past. Discover the power and mystery of fossils. We’ll experience what it’s like to be a paleontologist through hands-on investigations and games. Make a fossil-inspired craft to take home. You’ll dig it!