Special Family Events
Special Family Events and Activities provide opportunities for families of children with special needs to experience new activities in a stress-free, accepting space. The supported environment encourages families to bring their children out in public and try something new. Check out our special events below for more information and dates.
Family Access Day
at Aquarium of the Bay
Saturday, February 24th
8:30am - 10am
We have the aquarium to ourselves!
Families of children with disabilities are invited to visit Aquarium of the Bay to explore cool exhibits, meet new friends, and enjoy breakfast snacks!
Come early to the Aquarium with your family to see it all! Arrive by 9:00 am to help us say “Good Morning” to the otters, and enjoy a light breakfast, which will be available until 9:30 am.
Stay as long as you like to enjoy the Aquarium's wondrous underwater exhibits.
Registration for this event is full
Family Access Day at
Children's Creativity Museum
Saturday, March 3rd
9am - 12pm
Registration Opens Wednesday, February 7th
We will have the museum to ourselves for the
first hour!! Plus, guests are welcome to stay as long as they like to explore all of the exhibits at the museum.
- Tell your own story creating clay characters and learn to create a stop-motion movie.
- Code our robots Dot and Dash to make music, draw doodles and bulldoze buildings.
- The Mystery Box Challenge allows all ages to design an original invention using surprise materials.
- Record your own music video using green screen technology and your favorite song
All Support for Families Events
Access to Adventure
At Access to Adventure we partner with incredible organizations to connect children and youth with special needs and their families to experience and explore activities that broaden their vision of what opportunities exist in our community. Access to Adventure is hosted in Golden Gate Park every summer!
Join us as we roll out the red carpet for our honored guests. We bring box office hits, classic kids movies, and more as we laugh, cry, hoot and holler. We have freshly popped popcorn, pizza, and snacks to keep everyone fueled up for the cinematic adventures.
Family Access Days
SFCD is happy to partner with aquariums, museums, and other cultural institutions across San Francisco to bring accessible and equal access events to our children and families. We have partnered with Aquarium of the Bay, Contemporary Jewish Museum, the De Young Fine Arts Museum, and are looking to visit new and engaging spaces. Join us!
Warriors Clinic & Special Needs Appreciation Night
They shoot…and…they score! SFCD is proud to partner with the Golden State Warriors and join the Splash Fam. We head out to the Warriors Practice Camp and learn to juke, hit the pick and roll, and sink that three. We are out there as one team and we play to win, together. This event is hosted in conjunction with ticket sales for the Golden State Warriors Special Needs Night, which Support for Families is proud to partner in.
The Aquarium of the Bay and Support for Families come together in partnership to host haunting Halloween parties for families of children with special needs. We provide all sorts of frightful fun: whether we are learning about eerie eels; getting frightening face paint; or making special treats for our tricky otters. Come for the fright! Stay for the fun.
Halloween at Aquarium of the Bay
Holiday Ice Skating Party
Slick and smooth out on the ice. We don our skates and scarves and hit the ice! Whether it’s your first time on ice or you’re practicing for the next Olympics, we have a team of volunteers on ice with us to ensure that everyone has a safe and slippery day. And… is that a skating Santa?!