Special 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.

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Upcoming Events:


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Morning at the Academy with Support for Families

Sunday, January 27th, 2019, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
California Academy of Science
55 Concourse Music Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Registration opens December 19th at 9:30 am

To register call 415-920-5040 or click the button.

Click here for the flyer in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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Early Access at the
Children’s Creativity Museum

Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 9:00 am - 12 Noon

Children’s Creativity Museum
221 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Registration opens January 9th at 9:30 am

To register call 415-920-5040 or click the button.

Click here for the flyer in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Early Access at
Aquarium of the Bay

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, 9:00 am - 11 am

Aquarium of the Bay
PIER 39 The Embarcadero &,
Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Registration opens January 23rd at 9:30 am

To register call 415-920-5040 or click the button.

Click here for the flyer in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Other Upcoming Events

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Family ArtBash at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Sunday, March 17th, 10 am to 1 pm
Registration Opens February 17th

Family Access Day at the San Francisco Zoo
Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Registration opens February 27th.

Access to Adventure in Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 5th, 12 noon - 3 pm
Registration opens March 27th


Support for Families Event Descriptions

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!

Movie Nights

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!

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?!