Free San Francisco Days at the Academy of Sciences

April 26, 27 or 28, 2013.

Each year the California Academy of Sciences sets aside a weekend during which SF residents of specific ZIP codes get in free. Our weekend is the last weekend in April. (To see the schedules for other neighborhoods, look here: http://www.calacademy.org/visit/)

Three questions you will probably ask:
Won't the line to get in be suuuuuuper long? Yes, but it moves fast.
Are there going to be a zillion people there? Yes, but it's not any more crowded than on Nightlife nights (Thursday night programs for ages 21+).
Will there be hundreds of children zooming around without parental supervision? Yes, hundreds of children; no, not without parental supervision. Plus, what's more fun than seeing a kid's wide-eyed excitement about science? They're so cute.

The website announces a new interactive exhibit tracing the evolution of humans. The Aquarium has a replica Phillipine coral reef with thousands of colorful fish. There's also a rain forest exhibit with butterflies, parrots, trees, frogs and other birds. (And a giant spider or two that I avoid like the plague.) Maybe we'll get lucky and get tickets to the (free) planetarium show.

Who's in? I can go Friday or Sunday.

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  • Phyllis N.

    Great fun. Nice meeting people from the neighborhood.

    April 26, 2013

  • Mira

    Woo hoo! It pays to be here early. I'm first in line! Come find us at the very front if the line. (Full disclosure: if you're not here when we enter, we're not waiting. And I'm making friends with the staff so we might get in early.)

    April 26, 2013

    • Phyllis N.

      Thank you for organizing this outing Mira. It was great meeting everyone and a lot of fun being with the group. We did go to the Planetarium show and for the very first time in all the times I have seen a show there, we did not see a single star :-0 LOL. The Earthquake exhibit and show were very interesting. We actually experienced the two major San Francisco Earthquakes.

      April 26, 2013

  • Mira

    Maybe we'll delegate someone to get us planetarium tickets as soon as we get in. As long as everyone is there at 8:30 to hold our places in line, we might get tickets for a show at a good time.

    April 24, 2013

  • Kim

    I'd like to see the planetarium show & may stay longer than 1:30p.

    April 23, 2013

  • CJ

    Sorry, can't make the earlier time. I may still go there later myself, though.

    April 18, 2013

  • Kim

    Fri is my 1st choice.

    April 5, 2013

  • Mira

    Hi everyone - please don't forget to post the day or days that you can go to the Academy with the group, if you haven't already. So far, Friday is winning. :)

    April 3, 2013

  • Mira

    Hi Wendy - sure! We'll make sure you find us.

    April 3, 2013

  • CJ

    Friday actually works best for me, too.

    March 25, 2013

  • Phyllis N.

    Only day for me would be Friday morning.

    March 25, 2013

  • Mira

    The best days for me would be either Friday or Sunday.

    March 25, 2013

  • Phyllis N.

    Looking forward to it.

    March 22, 2013

  • Kim changed the date and time to Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    March 22, 2013

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