Events

Birthday Parties

Celebrate Your Birthday at the Hall

Throw your next birthday party at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Get hands-on in a private workshop, explore our exhibits, order science party favors, and enjoy catering from our wonderful new cafe. Birthday parties at the Hall are perfect for kids turning ages 4 to 11. Spots fill up fast, so book in advance.

Birthday Party

What's Included

  • Private 1-hour workshop for a maximum of 20 children
  • A reserved room or section of the Grizzly Peak Cafe for cake and refreshments after your workshop (50 minutes, with 30 minutes available prior for setup)
  • Hall admission for your 20 party guests, and for one adult per child

 

Choose a Party

Biology: Animal Discovery

chinchilla birthdayInvite our party animals to your birthday! In Animal Discovery, guests see and touch a variety of live animals, from scaly-skinned creatures to fuzzy and furry animals. Younger kids dress up and act like their favorite animals while older kids use recycled materials to create animal playgrounds and observe how our animals play with their new toys.

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- Details, Cost, Logistics

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 10:00–11:00 (refreshment room setup 10:30–11:00, refreshments offered 11:00–11:50)
  • 11:30–12:30 (refreshment room setup 12:00–12:30, refreshments offered 12:30–1:20)
Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $275 Members, $300 non-Members
Logistics: Parent involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4 through 11. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.
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Chemistry: Fizz, Foam, Pop!

fizz foam birthdayGet great reactions from your party guests by letting them experiment with safe chemicals that fizz, ooze, and change colors. In our Fizz, Foam, Pop! activity, kids investigate which combination of safe chemicals bubbles the most, and which makes the biggest pop. They delight their inner scientists by mixing overflowing concoctions to create surprisingly colorful effects.

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- Details, Cost, Logistics

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 1:00–2:00 (refreshment room setup 1:30–2:00, refreshments offered 2:00–2:50)
  • 2:30–3:30 (refreshment room setup 3:00–3:30, refreshments offered 3:30–4:20)
Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $275 Members, $300 non-Members
Logistics: Parent involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4 through 11. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.
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Engineering: Design It

engineering partyLight up your birthday with Design It! Party guests get to make cool inventions by designing, building, and testing with electricity, motors, wires, and other fun materials in this tinkering workshop. Through exciting hands-on experiments, kids (and parents, too) explore which materials conduct electricity and how they can be used to make things light up, spin, and jiggle.

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- Details, Cost, Logistics

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 11:30–12:30 (refreshment room setup 12:00–12:30, refreshments offered 12:30–1:20)
  • 1:00–2:00 (refreshment room setup 1:30–2:00, refreshments offered 2:00–2:50)
  • 2:30–3:30 (refreshment room setup 3:00–3:30, refreshments offered 3:30–4:20)
Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $275 Members, $300 non-Members
Logistics: Parent involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4 through 11. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.
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Space Science: Mission Solar System

mission solar system birthdayWhat better way to celebrate another trip around the Sun—another year, another birthday—than a mission to another planet in the Solar System? Figure out some fun facts about our Solar System and what makes each planet unique. Then, use model spacecraft to help tour some of your favorite sites, or discover a new one! Older kids can even fly beyond the Solar System to explore the mysteries and wonders of our celestial neighborhood.

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- Details, Cost, Logistics

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 10:00–11:00 (refreshment room setup 10:30–11:00, refreshments offered 11:00–11:50)
Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $275 Members, $300 non-Members
Logistics: Parent involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4 through 11. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.
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Party Favors

Party favors from the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store will delight your guests. Goodie bags contain an assortment of pocket-sized fun toys such as rubber poppers, Spirograph drawing kits, bouncy balls, 3-D dinosaur puzzles, bug boxes, and more. Call the Discovery Corner Store at 510-642-1929 to order your party favors, and they will be ready to pick up when you check in.

Also, it's easy to get fun and distinctive birthday gifts for the birthday kid. Create your wish list and send suggestions to your guests.

 

Catering

Feed hungry guests with your choice of children's entrees from the Grizzly Peak Cafe, with new food choices. Adult snack options and desserts are also available.

You may also bring in your own food, but please, no deliveries of food from outside vendors.

 

Other Information

  • Book your party up to 3 months in advance–but don't be the last one to the party! Reservations close 4 weeks in advance of the party date. When ready to book, please have your topic, date, and time ready.
  • Sorry, no refunds for cancellations made within one month of the party date. If an emergency occurs within one month of your party date and if a mutually agreeable time and date can be found to reschedule, a $30 rescheduling fee will be charged.
  • Kids 3 and older count toward the maximum—they like to party, too.
  • Get involved! Parties require adult participation; we invite parents to learn at our activities, alongside their children.
  • Ready to book?  Full payment for your party is required at time of purchase. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • Questions? Call Amanda Nguyen at 510-642-7619 for more information.