SAN FRANCISCO (September 11, 2014) – San Francisco residents will have opportunities to visit and explore the California Academy of Sciences free of charge during the upcoming fall and spring seasons, with the help of a generous grant from Target. Over the past fifteen years, thousands of San Francisco residents have visited the Academy during Neighborhood Free Days. The Academy’s award-winning sustainable building, which will soon pass its six-year anniversary, houses an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum – all under one living roof. Each neighborhood, defined by zip codes, will have two opportunities to visit the Academy for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The fall series of free weekends runs from September 26-October 26, 2014 and the spring series of free weekends runs from February 27-March 22, 2015.

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President of Community Relations for Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with the California Academy of Sciences as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency—acceptable items or combinations can be found on www.calacademy.org/neighborhood-free-weekends. Only residents from the zip codes invited on the designated dates will be admitted free of charge. The following schedule outlines the program by zip code neighborhoods:

Neighborhoods: Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Fall free days: Sep. 26, 27, 28
Spring free days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1

Neighborhoods: Parkside, Sunset
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Fall free days: Oct. 3, 4, 5
Spring free days: Mar. 6, 7, 8

Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Fall free days: Oct. 17, 18, 19
Spring free days: Mar. 13, 14, 15

Neighborhoods: Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Fall free days: Oct. 24, 25, 26
Spring free days: Mar. 20, 21, 22



The California Academy of Sciences is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Admission to the Academy is: $34.95 for adults; $29.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+, and students with valid ID; $24.95 for children ages 4 to 11; and free for children ages 3 and younger. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11 am - 5 pm on Sunday. During peak periods, including some holiday weekends, extended hours may apply. Visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000 for more.

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