“Pacific Gas and Electric Company has supported the Bay Area Discovery Museum since 1988 in a variety of ways,” said msueum CEO Karyn Flynn. “They continue to be an invaluable partner to us through contributions that ensure that the museum will be able to continue to provide high-quality early learning experiences for youngsters throughout the greater Bay Area.”
PG&E’s support has included financing capital improvements, special exhibitions, family events and providing funds for general operating expenses.
This year PG&E is the presenting partner of the museum’s STEM Superhero Series, a four-part educational series that inspires young children and their families to use science, technology, engineering and math to make a positive impact on the community. The series is expected to reach 7,000 Bay Area children and families through programming that builds creativity and aids in the development of problem-solving skills in young people.
PG&E employees also volunteer to help educate visitors about gas and electric safety, while also demonstrating the utility company’s latest technology.
“PGE’s philanthropy in the North Bay provides critical support to nonprofit organizations working to enrich educational opportunities for kids during their formative years, while also supporting the vitality of our communities, and helping to preserve our environment,” said Dave Canny, senior manager, North Bay Division, for Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
The museum, located in Sausalito inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, features seven exhibition spaces and more than six daily drop-in programs for children ages six months to 10 years. There are discovery camps for kids, after school programs at the Marin Art and Garden Center along with classes throughout the year for children and adults. Activities include Storytime, Toddler Circle, member Playdates (with nature stamping), Creative Kits (examining, shaking and handling objects) as well as the Artist Spotlight with Alexandra Kehayoglou.
Exhibits include a Rainforest, Do Something Nice for Your Neighbor, art studios, the Bay Hall, Fab Lab and an Imagination Playground enabling children to transform their environment using foam blocks with holes, noodles, and chutes they can fit together making any number of unique designs.
In addition, there is Lookout Cove – a 2.5-acre interactive outdoor exploration area – and Tot Spot, a multi-sensory experience for infants and toddlers. Parents, visitors and families can relax at the Bean Sprouts Café and explore the Discovery Store.