Young imaginations blossom in Curiosity Grove, a forest-themed environment perfect for little learners. Early childhood programs, an expanded playspace, and enchanting murals await explorers of all ages.

This completely reimagined educational playspace features vibrant, animal-filled murals that bring California’s diverse forest ecosystems to life, interactive, science-themed games and toys, and a variety of kid-friendly public programs.

Kids playing with the colorful wall puzzle in the new Curiosity Grove

What's new?

Updates abound! No more lines makes entry a breeze, easy-to-clean flooring means shoes can stay on, and relaxed age restrictions mean everyone’s welcome. Plus, moms can nurse in a new, secluded nook and restrooms are now all-gender and family-friendly. 

A young explorer emerges from a secret hiding place below the climbing tree in Curiosity Grove.

Space for adventure

Each area in Curiosity Grove is designed to build skills and promote play. Activity tables with puzzles and blocks encourage fine motor play, a tree tunnel activates high energy and gross motor play, and foam climbing elements and mats make the space comfortable and accessible for infants, too.

Inside Curiosity Grove at the Academy, with kid-friendly activities on display

Different every day

You can always find something new to explore in Curiosity Grove. Whichever day of the week you visit, your little ones can look forward to a new set of books, tabletop activities, plush and puppet animals, costumes, and magnet wall activities.

Portrait of illustrator Alexander Vidal, the artist who created the woodland murals in Curiosity Grove.

About the muralist

The man behind Curiosity Grove's magical murals is LA-based illustrator and designer Alexander Vidal. His favorite part of creating these murals? Showing all the amazing creatures who call California home.

Hours & location

Curiosity Grove is open daily, 10 am-4 pm. It's located right next to the Lab Junior Store on the main floor.

Contact us
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(415) 379-8000