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We offer many educational opportunities for schools and groups at The Kern County Museum. From our single grade or school tours, to large events designed for multiple schools, or 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 is an interactive children's museum that has STEM 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, and 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

Summer Camp: June 5 - August 11, 2017

Kids 5-12, join us this summer for a camp weaving history, art, science, and technology! Campers will enjoy lessons in magic, puppetry, arts and crafts, photography, dance, theater, cooking and museum arts such as printing, archaeology, and archival sciences.  Additionally, children will learn about trains, geology, oil exploration, and see the secrets of the museum. Pioneer Village Summer Camp is an unforgettable and unique summer experience!

Kid's Saturdays

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. 

  • June 17 - Train Day
  • September 2 - STEAM Day
  • September 16 - STEAM Day
  • September 23 - Skillz Day
  • September 30 - Photo Safari
  • October 7 - STEAM Day
  • October 14 - Skillz Day
  • October 21 - STEAM Day
  • October 28 - Sugar Skull Decorating
  • November 4 - STEAM Day
  • November 18 - Skillz Day

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 design 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.

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! 

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 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.

Sugar Skull Decorating: Join us as Kern County Hispanic Chamber will be hosting a Sugar Skull Craft in the Lori Brock Discovery Center in celebration of Halloween and Dias de los Muertos.

SCHOOL Field Trips

Our field trips, tours, and enrichment programs are designed to engage your students and increase retention for learning.

Let us help you bring learning to life with tours, trips, and hands-on history, science and fun! The Kern County Museum is proud to offer exceptional programs unlike any offered in California. Plan a field trip that will give your students a memory to last a lifetime. We offer many educational opportunities for schools and groups, from our single-grade or school tours, to large events designed for multiple schools.


Self Guided Tours: $8 per person (minimum 20 people)
Guided Tours (June 1 through January 31): $9 per person
Guided Tours (February 1 through May 31): $10 per person
History Days (Frontier Life, California History Day): $8 per child/student 

Book your next school field trip at the Kern County Museum

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