CULTURAL OUTGOINGS FOR KIDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Once or twice per month, EFBA offers an original, play-based program of cultural discovery and French immersion in various museums and cultural sites around the Bay Area. A booklet with games guides the children through the different galleries and exhibits. Each team, chaperoned by an adult, will make careful observations and cooperate diligently to solve the final riddle of the scavenger hunt through the museum.

The visit is followed by lunchtime and then free play to let off steam after the concentration demanded by the detailed investigation of clues.

The annual program covers 6 different destinations. These museums or cultural sites are located all over the Bay Area and present various subjects mixing history, geography, nature, science, art and other human social or technological creations. Each new season brings a varied selection of discoveries of all genres. Each destination offers its own journey of discovery, with various treasures and secrets.

REGISTRATION

CULTURAL PROGRAMS

WHAT IS THE TEACHING METHOD AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The goal of these outings is to offer the child extra exposure to the French language and a fun, out-of-the-ordinary experience. These outings are composed of three phases: the visit, lunchtime and playtime.

Each of these phases has an important function in terms of discovery and taking ownership of the language. The visit is in the form of a scavenger hunt: each team, guided by an adult team leader, moves through the museum following an illustrated question booklet.

The booklet prompts them to observe and wonder about what they can find in the museum. Through questions and little games, they discover the museum and its content and move forward in their quest. Each booklet is an original journey that aims to solve a mystery by identifying a work, an artifact, a creature or a symbol.

Having passed through the various spaces of the site and seen many works, the team must find the answer to a final riddle to complete its mission. Once the visit is finished and the mission accomplished, the children and their chaperones have earned their lunch. Mealtime is always a time of conversation and discussion with friends as the children enjoy a picnic lunch provided by their parents.

After lunch, the children have a choice between outdoor games (weather permitting) and other reading or calmer games. This game time concludes the cultural program. The visit in small groups aims to open up interaction and discussion, while the booklet provides the vocabulary and a pretext to ask questions.

It also helps to remain focused on the main theme of the visit, which is the assigned mission. Lunchtime and playtime give more time for informal conversations and social interaction as it takes place in daily life. The variety of these contexts is essential to taking ownership of the language and to the emergence of a French awareness and identity. Linking pleasure with the French language used at all times during these outings strengthens the connection to the language and the child’s personal motivation to learn French.

MUSEUM VISIT SCHEDULE

(*with exceptions such as: the visit to the Cantor Center is 30 minutes later, starting at 10:30am and ending at 2:00pm)

At 10:00: Families arrive and are greeted. The children are welcomed and meet their teams, we hand out booklets and equipment to start the investigation in the museum.

At 10:30: the quest begins: The teams are ready to find their starting points for the visit.

Around 12:15: End of the quest: The visit nears its end, the teams meet to solve the final riddle.

After a bathroom stop, each child picks up his or her lunch to eat together.

Around 1:00: After lunch, we propose outdoor games, weather permitting. Other games and books are available so that the children and adults can continue their conversation in an informal context.

At 1:20: The activities wind down and parents arrive to pick up their children.

At 1:30: Staff responsibility ends

Saturday and Sunday morning, once or twice per month from 10:00am to 1:30pm (with some exceptions)
Up to 21 children from K to 5th grade ( 5-11 years old)

Level of French: from beginners to experienced French speakers

In different museums or cultural sites of the Bay Area (see program)
Lunch, and if necessary, a snack for 10am.

CONTACT: museumquest@efba.us or culture@efba.us

DATES AND DESTINATIONS OF THE CULTURAL OUTINGS

DATES OUTINGS REGISTRATION
Sun. 16 oct Cantor Museum, Stanford, Palo Alto Too late!
Sun. 30 oct De Young, San Francisco Too late!
Sat. 19 nov Child Discovery Museum, San Jose Too late!
Sun. 4 dec Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Too late!
Sun. 22 jan Maritime National Historical Park (Balcultha Ship), San Francisco Too late!
Sun. 29 jan Cantor Museum, Stanford, Palo Alto Too late!
Sun. 12 feb De Young, San Francisco Too late!
Sat. 4 march Child Discovery Museum, San Jose Too late!
Sun. 19 march Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Canceled
Sun. 9 april Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos Register your child
Sun. 23 april Maritime National Historical Park (Balcultha Ship), San Francisco Register your child

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

We’ve been with EFBA for 3 years and our kids love the Kids Night Out and Museum Quest programs. They are a great complement to the weekly french classes. The counselors and Remi are awesome and make it really fun and creative for the kids.
IVY
We love sending our kids to EFBA’s Museum Quest. Not only do they get to visit diverse museums around the Bay Area, but they experience these topics in immersive French! It’s thrilling to have the opportunity for our kids to listen and speak in topic-specific vocabulary that they might not otherwise learn. Museum Quest also continues to build their comfort and confidence in the French language.
Rion

MEMBER FAMILIES

$000per outing
  • Museum Quest is free for EFBA Members!

FAMILY NO MEMBER

$5000per outing
BECOME A FRENCH CHAPERONE

JOIN THE TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS!

The participation of French-native adult volunteers determines how many children we can accommodate in these cultural outings.
BECOME A FRENCH CHAPERONE
During the Museum Quests, the children are divided into small groups to achieve uniformity in age and language level. The limited number of children (3-5) per team facilitates conversation and discussion between the children and with the adult. In each team, a French-native adult is the guardian of the Francophone “bubble” and consequently, of French immersion. The capacity of the program, Museum Quest, to keep small, homogenous groups and a high supervision ratio depends on the participation of adult volunteers. Each of you, parent or not, is invited to join our merry team of volunteers. You can participate in the supervision and smooth functioning of the program while sharing some fun times, discussions and discoveries with us and the children. This is an opportunity to speak French with other Francophones, to share your love and attachment to the French language, to communicate it to the youngsters through playful interaction and to discover, for free and from an original angle, a cultural site of the San Francisco Bay Area.