We offer many educational opportunities for schools and groups at The Kern County Museum. From our school tours, to our science and art camps to keep your kids engaged during vacations and breaks, we’ve got something for everyone. The Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center at The Kern County Museum is an interactive children's museum that has STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) based learning tools. The discovery center provides a special place for kids to learn through play. Get creative with building like an engineer in the Chevron Maker Annex or experiment and discover science in the Adventure Zone. 

Thank you to Junior League of Bakersfield and Chevron for funding the Lori Brock Discovery Center.

Children's EventS

Kid's Saturdays - Begins at 1 p.m. (Spring 2018)

The following events are included with paid admission (FREE for KCM Members) to The Kern County Museum. All events are rain or shine. Programs are subject to change without notice. 

  • February 3, April 7, May 5 - Skillz Day
  • February 10 & March 10 - STEAM Day
  • March 17, May 19 - Living History Day
  • February 24 & March 24 - Robotics
  • February 17 - Blush & Brush Easel Painting Event for Kids
  • March 31 - Easter Fun
  • April 14 - Get Messy event
  • April 28 - Photo Safari
  • May 12 - KidsFest event

STEAM Day: STEAM is designed to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects and the art of design. These programs aim to teach critical thinking and have an engineering or dMaesign approach towards real-world problems while building on their mathematics and science base. STEAM programs add art to STEM curriculum by drawing on design principles and encouraging creative solutions. Primarily geared toward ages 5 and older.

Skillz Day: Learn and play through skills! We’ll have different activities, crafts, and presentations each day relating to cognitive development, social and emotional development, speech and language development, and motor skill development. All children are welcome! 

Living History Day: See history come alive.! Volunteers will be dressed in period costumes and will lead games and activities from 1800s! Enjoy tours of some of our exhibits and learn, hands-on, the rich history of Kern County. Included with $10 general admission to the museum; FREE for members!

Robotics: High School robotics experts will give a lesson in the build and programming of VEX robots for ages 8 and older. Please arrive at 1:00 pm to get the full experience. Included with your admission into Kern County Museum; FREE for KCM members only.

Blush & Brush Easel Painting Event for Kids: Grab a friend or two (or more) and join us for a Brush & Blush Easel Event where we’ll paint Groot. It’s a paint party in Lori Brock Discovery Center! Fee includes entrance into Kern County Museum. So bring the kids and have a fun time painting, playing, and roaming the Pioneer Village. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages. No Groupons or coupons are accepted for kids painting events. 

Easter Fun: Enjoy an Easter and spring themed day at the Lori Brock Discovery Center! All children are welcome! Included with your admission into Kern County Museum; FREE for KCM members only.

Get Messy: The Bakersfield Kids Directory is hosting our 5th Annual Bakersfield Kids Gets Messy at the Kern Pioneer Village. Once again we bring to YOU and YOUR FAMILY a fun, safe, wild and crazy hands on experience to see what Bakersfield has to offer this summer and year round!

Photo Safari: Perfect for teens and tweens! A professional photographer will guide students as they take photos around the Pioneer Village grounds. Afterward, students will learn how to edit their photos on the computers in the Lori Brock Discovery Center! Phones and cameras will not be provided, so please bring a camera, smartphone or tablet that has a camera and Wifi accessibility or the phone cord with USB connection. Space is limited, so please call in advance to reserve your spot. Fee is $15. Sponsored by Chevron!

KidsFest: KidsFest is a fun-filled day for babies, toddlers, children, tweens and families to play and learn about all the important aspects of raising happy, healthy kids. Families can spend time together and make lasting memories, all while enjoying activities, shopping and entertainment. Visit with over 100 vendor booths — including summer camps, schools, dentists, toy stores, and clothing stores — sample food and drink, play on the bounce houses, and much, much more. Enjoy face painting, mobile video games, meet with costume characters, balloon animals, magicians and on-going entertainment throughout the day. 

Historic Tours & Field Trips

Make your tour historic! Now booking for 2017-18.

Offer your touring group and/or students a unique visit to The Kern County Museum. We provide exceptional programs unlike any offered in California. Self-guided tours and docent-led tours are available to accommodate your group needs and desired experience. 


You can also schedule a field trip or tour by calling (661) 437-3330 x209 or sending an email to education@kerncountymuseum.org. 


Throw your child a party they'll never forget! Private party room + kitchen, playtime in Lori Brock + surrounding outdoor play areas, and more!

  • Private party room and fully-equipped kitchen (refrigerator and freezer included).
  • All-day access to the museum for up to 40 people; full access to the museum grounds and exhibits.
  • Playtime in Lori Brock, outdoor playground and tree house.


  • Birthday party package for up to 40 people: $150

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