Public Resources



The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity. Plan your visit today.

Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children 

Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children synthesizes more than 150 studies from various academic fields contributing to our understanding of creativity. The paper asserts that environment and experience determine our creativity potential and provides a new framework of seven key skills associated with creativity. The paper summarizes relevant empirical research related to each skill and provides practical tips and sample activities to promote the skill in children ages 6-14. 

A Framework for Designing Learning Environments to Promote Creativity

The acronym CREATE illustrates key elements of learning environments that support the development of creativity for children aged 2 – 10. 

Bookshelf and Reading Ideas

Our Bookshelf holds a curated selection of books on creativity in different fields for parents, teachers and educators. 

Need a recommendation? Take a look at our Reading Ideas for our top picks on creativity, motivation, play and more.

The Center for Childhood Creativity encourages you to ignite creative thinking at home with our Family Activity Guides. With simple materials and open-ended questions, these multi-disciplinary guides will encourage creativity for children of all ages.

Read the latest news coverage around creative thinking. 

Academic Publications

The Center for Childhood Creativity regularly reviews the scientific research on creativity. 

Inspiring videos on elements related to creative thinking from TED, Aspen Ideas Festival, RSAnimate and more.