Hours & Directions

MON: Closed

TUE - THU : 10am - 5pm

FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

Tyke Explorers Workshop



For Ages 3 - 5 years

Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Workshop. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Workshops change weekly and are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration.

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced registration is required.
Call Scheduling Coordinator at (510) 336-7381 to register or buy advance tickets below.


*Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the workshop and exit the facility within 15 minutes after the workshop

**Includes the workshop and admission to the center and a planetarium show for one adult and one child, Wednesday and Saturday only

Tuesdays, 1pm

Let’s start this summer with a blast…into space, that is! Join us as we design and construct our own spacesuits, board a Space Shuttle headed to the International Space Station, hitch a ride on the Saturn V rocket to the moon, and land the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

  • Day 1: Blast Off! - June 16, 1pm
    Take an imaginary journey on the Space Shuttle Discovery, and dock safely to the International Space Station! Once aboard the ISS, we’ll build our own spaceships and practice skills that astronauts use every day in a series of hands-on activity stations.
  • Day 2: One Small Step - June 23, 1pm
    Twelve people have set foot on the moon…you could be next! Strap yourself into the Saturn V Rocket, the largest most powerful rocket ever built, and head to the moon. Once there, you’ll have a chance to walk on the moon, make and test a model of the Saturn V, and create unique moon art.
  • Day 3: The Red Planet - June 30, 1pm
    This week we’ll stowaway in the Curiosity Rover to get an unbeatable view of Mars. Then help to build a Martian colony and design, build, and land your own Mars Rover!

JULY: Down by the Bay
Tuesdays, 1pm

Nothing helps to beat the summer heat like going down to the bay! Stay cool this summer as we explore different marine habitats, animals, and animal adaptations in the rocky tide pools, sandy beaches, and the towering kelp forests of the Bay Area.

  • Day 1: Rocky Tide Pools - July 14, 1pm
    Join us this week for a tide pool expedition! Find out what types of creatures make their homes in the tide pools, how those animals can live in such an extreme environment, and make a model of your favorite tide pool critter!
  • Day 2: Sandy Beaches - July 21, 1pm
    California has miles of beautiful sandy beaches to explore! Let’s find out how those beaches were formed by making our own sand. Then we’ll comb the beach for interesting sea shells, and learn about the sea creatures that once called those shells home. Finally we’ll learn about the critters that actually live in the sand!
  • Day 3: Towering Kelp Forests - July 28, 1pm
    Learn about an underwater forest that doesn’t have a single tree! Kelp Forests are large marine ecosystems with all types of living things. Come and discover what types of animals live in these seaweed environments, how camouflage and other adaptations help these animals survive, and what seaweed actually tastes like!

Tyke Explorers Video