An educator shows a group of children a live butterfly in the Rainforests of the World exhibit.

The Academy is proud to offer special, discounted rates for California-based groups serving youth. Share the news with your local science club, summer camp, youth program, or afterschool-care provider!

Eligibility and Pricing

To be eligible for discounted Youth Group rates, your organization must:

  • Be based in California
  • Serve youth up to age 17 through an organization such as a club, youth group, camp session, or afterschool/weekend program
  • Provide at least 1 adult chaperone for every 8 minors
  • Purchase admission for a group of 10 or more people via one pre-paid reservation

Note: Groups of homeschoolers are also encouraged to apply for a Youth Group visit; the standard Chaperone Policy will apply.  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to attend using our discounted Group Rates. Eligibility for discounted rates is at the discretion of the Academy, as subsidized admission is available thanks to generous annual donations to the Academy for All initiative.

Youth Group Ticket Prices

Adults: $16.95
Youth: $16.95
3 and Under: Free
Planetarium Seats: Free, ages 7+


Payment must be received prior to your visit. Additional tickets may be purchased on the date of your visit, but will be available only at general admission rates. 


Reserved Planetarium Seats

Planetarium shows are free, but advance reservations are required for youth groups and chaperones must attend.

The following show times are available for pre-booking by groups with children in grades 3-12:

  • School Year, September–May
    Weekdays: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • Summer Months, June–August
    Weekdays: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Youth groups will begin entering the Planetarium dome 30 minutes prior to show time. Shows last 30 to 40 minutes, with content subject to change. Please refer to our show schedule to determine what will be playing on the day of your visit. 


Sleepover at the Academy!

family at a sleepover


Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for significant discounts!


Pre-Paid Dining Options

Step out of the box and taste the difference. Handcrafted at the Academy Café with locally sourced ingredients, boxed lunches or dining gift cards are great for groups on tight schedules and for trip planners who want to pay for everyone's meals with one form of payment.


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Field Trip Sponsors

We Thank our Sponsors

The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by an Anonymous donor, BioMarin, Genentech, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Union Bank. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.

PG&E, Biomarin, Marin Community Foundation