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

Curiosity Grove—the evolution of Early Explorers Cove—is now open!

This completely reimagined educational oasis features vibrant, animal-filled murals that bring California’s diverse forest ecosystems to life, along with a number of practical new elements that parents and caregivers will appreciate.

We look forward to welcoming adventurers of all ages to the all-new Curiosity Grove.

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. 

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

Space for Adventure

Whether your child is captivated by forest canopies or a library full of field guides, the Grove is packed with enough activities and more open space for curious, growing minds—and plenty of excess energy.

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Young visitors explore the kid-friendly specimens on exhibit.

Animal Encounters

Curiosity Grove is home to some very special residents: a colony of Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an Eastern box turtle. Eye-level tanks make observing these not-so-creepy crawlers easy for little ones.

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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.

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Curiosity Grove Hours

Curiosity Grove Hours

Monday–Saturday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4:30 pm

Members-only hours
Tuesday: 8:30–9:30 am
Sunday: 10–11 am