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Handle a snake, explore the stars, or mastermind and build an innovative contraption. There are plenty of activities to keep you engaged here when you’re not busy visiting our regular exhibits. Small kids should check out KidsLab, our multi-sensory play area, or our collection of thousands of wooden building blocks.


Explore the skies in our Planetarium, a 45-seat geodesic dome outfitted with a digital projection system. Our interactive programs explore space travel, constellations, planets and their moons, and our Solar System.

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National Geographic 3D Theater

Multiple shows daily

Visualize science in the National Geographic 3D Theater, complete with surround sound, a large screen, and 3D films that take you on journeys around the world and into outer space.

Animal Discovery Room

Hold and touch gentle animals, and learn about the behavior and habitats of exotic species. You may even learn something new about yourself! Check out our Critter Corner starting October 10 to find the perfect animal introduction for young children.

Ingenuity Lab

New hours!

Learn how engineers and scientists approach problems and discover new ways of doing things. In the Ingenuity Lab you’ll work directly with Cal Engineering students to brainstorm ideas, build a prototype, and test your design as you work to solve a specific engineering challenge.


The Hall's plaza is the perfect place to 
break out your telescopes for a closer look at the moon, planets, stars, and galaxies. Bring your friends and family to stargaze at the Hall.