Camp registration starts October 8 for Members

New, Full-Day Camps Now Available

We’ve heard you—and we are happy to announce our new, full-day Winter Camp offerings for 2016. Campers now have twice as many opportunities to engage with science, experiment with cool substances, interact with a live animal, and even make new friends.

Our new, full-day Winter Camps run Monday through Thursday (no camp on Friday, December 23) and are a perfect way to fill up your curious 5– to 11–year-old’s school break (children are grouped by grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6).

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Think It. Make It. Take It

December 19, 20, 21, 22 (Please pack a lunch for your child)
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Price: $420 ($390 for members)
Sessions offered by grade range

Unleash your child’s inner scientist and take advantage of our new, full-day Winter Camp offerings. They now feature behind-the-scenes visits to our most popular exhibits, new multi-day, take-home projects, and a National Geographic 3D Film.

Lawrence Hall of Science Winter Camps are specifically designed to provide your child with hands-on engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences that encourage social interactions, develop skills used by real STEM professionals, and keep campers thinking throughout their school break.

Each day in our K–1 Winter Camp is an opportunity for campers to get hands-on with science and learn something new. Campers will be introduced to the basics of electricity and circuits, art and design, physics, chemistry, and animal biology.

Using the skills they develop at camp, campers will design their own nightlights, make their own playdough, design and create their own mosaics, and mix-up “snowy” chemical concoctions. During the last day of camp, campers will enjoy a visit to the Hall’s National Geographic 3D Theater for a screening of our newest film.

Sign up for K–1 Winter Camp online today

Our 2nd–3rd grade camp provides a unique mix of biology, ecology, physics, sustainability, art, and engineering, to provide campers new perspectives on nature and the science that governs our planet. This camp emphasizes creating sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies found in nature.

Campers will focus on adaptations of organisms through live animal encounters in the Animal Discovery Room, and by observing plant adaptations. Then they will work together to create designs for products and processes—or new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on Earth. Campers will also enjoy a trip to the Hall’s National Geographic 3D Theater for a screening of our newest film.

Sign up for 2nd–3rd grade Winter Camp online today

The Hall’s 4th–6th grade Winter Camp is the perfect experience for any camper looking to bring their imaginations and creativity to life through science. The highlight of this Winter Camp is a new, multi-day, animal adaptations project.

First, campers will learn about animal adaptations by visiting real animals in our Animal Discovery Room. They will then design a unique animal adapted for a cold climate and create a story about their animal to bring it to life using stop-motion animation during a behind-the-scenes look at our Design Quest exhibit. Finally, campers’ animals will be immortalized in hand-made snow globes that they will take home.

Campers will also experiment with literally cool substances, such as liquid nitrogen and dry ice, to concoct fake snow and even make their own ice cream. Plus, campers will take a trip to the Hall’s National Geographic 3D Theater for a showing of our newest film.

Sign up for 4th–6th grader Winter Camp online today

Kids head to camp.

Extended Day Program

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $60 for the four-day camp (no camp on Friday, December 23)

Want camp to run until 5:00 p.m.? When you register for camp, simply sign up for our Extended Day Program. Each day will provide a different experience, from exploring the exhibits, or visiting the Animal Discovery Room, or catching a 3D movie, to traveling the skies in a Planetarium program, playing games, and doing more fun projects. Please remember to pack an afternoon snack for your camper.

Registration Information

Winter Camp Policies

Campers should bring:

  • jackets for outdoor activities,
  • a packed lunch,
  • and a snack.

Please let us know if there are any food allergies or other concerns related to activity levels when signing your child up for camp.

Winter Camp Cancellations
A refund, less a $20 cancellation fee, will be issued only if your cancellation request is made at least 2 weeks before the first day of class so that we have sufficient time to offer the slot to another camper on the wait list. No refunds will be given after that time. Please note that if a camp does not reach its minimum enrollment it may be cancelled. You will be notified at least two weeks before the starting date if this is the case and your tuition will be fully refunded.

For questions, contact the Registration Office:
Phone: 510-642-5134
Fax: 510-643-0994

Immunization Requirement

The State of California is now requiring up-to-date immunization and tetanus records be submitted to Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley for each camp participant. Therefore proof of immunization needs to be submitted in advance in order to attend camp. Up-to-date immunization and tetanus documentation should be submitted for each registered child through, at minimum, four weeks prior to the child’s first day of camp. You will receive an email from CampDoc a few days after registering your child for camp. A physician or school immunization record is acceptable.

Please add as a ‘safe sender,’ to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. Refunds will not be issued to those who do not meet this requirement.

Immunization Schedule

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP):
4 Doses before Age 4. Dose #5 at 4-6 years of age

Measles, Mumps, Rubella:
Dose #2 at 4–6 years of age

Varicella (Chicken Pox):
Dose #2 at 4–6 years of age

MMRV (alternative to separate MMR/Varicella dosing):
Dose #2 at 4–6 years of age

Hepatitis B:
Additional doses not needed if immunized with 3–4 doses appropriately spaced as an infant

Dose #4 at age 4. Note: If dose #3 given after 4th birthday and at least 6 months from dose #2 may omit dose #4

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP):
Age 11 or 12 is recommended age for single dose

Measles, Mumps, Rubella:
None unless they have not had two prior doses

Varicella (Chicken Pox):
None unless they have not had two prior doses

MMRV (alternative to separate MMR/Varicella dosing):
None unless they have not had two prior doses

Hepatitis B:
Additional doses not needed if immunized with 3–4 doses as an infant.
If not immunized as an infant, alternative dosing schedule age 11–15 two doses Recombivax 4–6 months apart

Needed only if not immunized previously or foreign travel to designated destinations