Science at Home with the Family

Science isn't just for school! Science is the process of learning about the world around you and how it works.

Science at Home

Science in the Community

  • Places to Take the Family  - Museums, Nature Centers, Zoo, Parks and more - we have included websites, hours, admission rates and how to get free or reduced admission.
  • Museums for All - is a national program that allows families with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID go to museums for free or reduced admission. Check out their website for the ten museums in the Bay Area that are participating.
  • Temporary Exhibit List - Science Centers around the Bay frequently have new or temporary exhibits you may want to visit before they go away.
  • Bay Area Science  - offers an ongoing calendar of science events and programs for adults, children, and families.  You can check their calendar often or sign up for their weekly email of upcoming events

Science Websites for Kids and Families

Invite your students to visit the Museum's science website for kids. They'll find hands-on activities, games, and scientist interviews.
Ask a Scientist
Index of questions and answers about basic science questions, plus links to other "ask a scientist" sites.
Scientific American
Ask the experts questions about astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers or geology.

Exploratorium's "Ten Cool Sites"
Lots more than 10 links to fascinating and unusual websites, sorted into many science categories.
This site has on-line activities and field trips on all areas of science.  Available in nine different languages.
BBC Science Clips
A great array of on-line animated science activities for kids sorted by age and topic.
Operation Ruby-throat: The Hummingbird Project
An international initiative people collaborate to study behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Spanish language version available.
CIESE: Real Time Data and Primary Source Projects
 Check out "The Wonderful World of Weather," "Square of Life," "Bucket Buddies," and "Measuring the Circumference of the Earth" among projects designed for elementary students.

Smithsonian Kids
From Art to Zoo, the Smithsonian has something to interest kids and students of all ages.

Rader's Network of Science and Math Sites

ALA Great Websites for Kids
Index of hundreds of links to websites for kids from the American Library Association.
Fear of Physics
Simulations of common physics phenomena, using kid-friendly terms (speed and acceleration, pendulums, collisions, why things fall, etc.) Has a homework help section, and a physics dictionary.
Science News for Kids
Articles written for students on current topics in the news. Science News for Kids by Society for Science & the Public as a youth edition and companion to the Society’s Science News magazine.

YouTube Channels
These YouTube Channels are excellent for parents and older students.

Science Blogs


Support Science in the Classroom

  • Science Fair Resources - List of websites to help plan and carry out science fair investigations.
  • The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted as the official science standards for the state of California. Below are a few resources to help you learn more about these new standards so you can better support your children in their classrooms.
  • Getting involved at School - resources from the National Education Association

Support Science with your Dollars

Support Science with your Time - Volunteer!