Monday, May 29, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free for Members

Children climb and sit upon Pheena the Fin Whale.

Celebrate Memorial Day with a day of fun, hands-on science activities at UC Berkeley’s Public Science Center. You can also participate in outdoor activities during the Science Regatta held in the Forces That Shape the Bay science park.

We are opening all of our most popular Hall exhibits and experiences including the Ingenuity Lab, the Animal Discovery Room, and the Planetarium during Memorial Day.

Check out the times below to make sure you can see it all!

Featured Exhibit: Going Places

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fly a plane, ride a hovercraft, race your friend on a recumbent bicycle, and even learn to fly an airship! Explore how various modes of transportation have shaped society—plus get a glimpse into the new science that will help us humans get around in the not-so-distant future.

Windmills and Turbines in the Ingenuity Lab

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Design, build, and test windmills and turbines to learn how scientists harness the power of the wind. Experiment with differing blade designs and find out how much electricity you can generate.

Meet a Real Critter in the Animal Discovery Room

1:30–4:00 p.m.
Meet the Hall’s animal ambassadors and learn about animal behaviors, diets, and habitats. Get to know our knowledgeable staff and ask questions to discover what life is like in the animal kingdom.

Go on a Galactic Adventure in the Planetarium

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (see showtimes)
Step into the shoes of an astronomer in one of our three interactive Planetarium shows. Learn about constellations, get ready for the next eclipse, or discover how NASA studies far-away planets like Jupiter.

  • Solar Eclipse—2017 (1:45 p.m.)
  • Imagine the Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m.; 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Investigating Jupiter—Then and Now (12:15 p.m.)

Science Regatta in Forces That Shape the Bay

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Free with your admission; free for Members

Use everyday, recycled materials to design and build your own custom boat, then head to the Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor science park to test your aquatic creation through makeshift streams, rivers, and lakes. Experiment with the physics that allow your boat to stay afloat, and try various designs to see what works.

Young children test out their custom boats in the aquatic park.

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