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
  • 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.

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!

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. 

Summer Camp - 2018

Campers will embark on a summer full of fun with current trends, cool educational activities, and exciting guest presenters to help enhance their summer break! Enroll Now!

  • Week 1: June 4 - June 8 
  • Week 2: June 11 - June 15
  • Week 3: June 18 - June 22
  • Week 4: June 25 - June 29
  • Week 5: July 2- July 6
  • Week 6: July 9 - July 13
  • Week 7: July 16 - July 20
  • Week 8: July 23 - July 27
  • Week 9: July 30 - August 3
  • Week 10: August 6 - August 10