Special Events

The AAP National Conference offers a wide variety of networking opportunities and special events. Registered guests and family are welcome to join most special events which include the President’s Welcome Reception, our Kids’ Camp (Family Reception), San Francisco Experience! at the Exploratorium, AAP Friends of Children Fund 5K Fun Run & Walk, and many other AAP Section receptions and Alumni events.

AAP Community Cares Project

Friday, October 21
12:00PM – 4:00PM
Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco

Join us for our annual Community Cares Project and support San Francisco area children by volunteering your time before the National Conference.

This year, the AAP will be re-organizing, painting, decorating, landscaping, and participating in a host of other activities for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (www.kidsclub.org)—an organization providing at-risk children, ages 5–18, with a safe place to be inspired and realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Conference attendees, families, and children (5 years of age and older) are welcome to participate in this fun and rewarding activity. Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for painting and light manual labor.

Transportation will depart from the Moscone North entrance at 12:00pm and return by 4:00pm. A boxed lunch will be provided. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of San Francisco’s children!



AAP Kids’ Camp

Friday, October 21
5:30PM – 8:00PM
Moscone West, 2nd Floor

Children of all ages are invited to our Kids’ Camp Reception! Activities are specially designed for kids and kids at heart. Be sure to stop by and enjoy healthy food, music, fun, games, crafts and surprises that might lead you to Green Eggs and Ham or a Cat in a Hat! Attendees will have a chance to meet Sophie Blackall, the brilliant illustrator behind the popular Ivy & Bean book series.

All registered attendees and families are invited. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Shuttle transportation will be available from all (non-walking) conference hotels to Moscone Center


President’s Welcome Reception

Friday, October 21
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Moscone West, 3rd Floor

Join us for an evening of making connections as you kick off your conference experience while enjoying complimentary food, drinks, and entertainment. Live music from a local band and tastes from the streets of San Francisco will get you energized and motivated for four extraordinary days in the City by the Bay!

The AAP President, Board of Directors, and other AAP leadership will be available to meet and mingle. The President’s Welcome Reception is open to all registered attendees. Shuttle bus transportation will be available from all (non-walking) conference hotels to Moscone Center.



San Francisco Experience! at the Exploratorium

Saturday, October 22
7:00PM – 10:00PM
Pier 15, San Francisco

The San Francisco Experience! will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a state of the art science museum, taste foods from the streets of San Francisco, and take in beautiful views of the bay.

This year, the San Francisco Experience! will take place at the Exploratorium at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero.

While in the museum, you can experience science in a unique, hands on style. You are encouraged to use your creativity and dive into the exhibits… feel your way through the tactile dome, watch a dissection, tinker with toys, and experiment with light and sound. This is an experience you will not want to miss!

Please Read the Following Important Information

Tickets and Badges Required!
Due to the limited capacity of the museum, you must purchase a ticket and also be registered as either an attendee or family/guest of the conference. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children (in addition to attendee or family registration). Please check with a representative at registration to see if tickets are still available. Make sure to bring that ticket and your badge to the museum where they will be collected.

Shuttle Bus Transportation
Complimentary transportation is available from all conference hotels and the convention center to/from the Exploratorium. All “walking” hotels will depart from Moscone North. Shuttle buses will depart beginning at 6:45pm and will continue until the event concludes at 10:00pm.

Food and Beverages
An array of locally themed culinary delights and non-alcoholic beverages are included with your ticket. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Supported By UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals


AAP Friends of Children Fund 5K Fun Run & Walk

Monday, October 24
7:30AM – 8:30AM
The Embarcadero

Join runners and walkers for the 9th annual AAP Friends of Children Fund Fun Run & Walk. You will enjoy a brisk 5K along the Embarcadero, near AT&T Park. For entry, fee is $25 to participate. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Net proceeds will support the AAP Friends of Children Fund.

If taking a shuttle from a non-walking hotel, you must be on the first bus at 6:00am and transfer to a Fun Run shuttle at Moscone Center which will depart between 6:30am – 7:00am. Attendees staying at walking hotels can take the shuttle at Moscone West. You may also meet us at South Beach Park.

Supported by Abbott Nutrition, Ddrops Company, GEICO®, Kellogg Company, Nestlé Waters