Forces That Shape the Bay
Deepsea Challenge 3D
Marble Runs in Ingenuity Lab
Water's Extreme Journey
Animal Discovery Room

Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Sunday, April 9, 2017

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

Explore Water Science at the Hall

Every day during Spring Science Days is an opportunity to learn something new about Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Discover what it means to be part of the water ecosystem, and explore how you can help us protect this important resource.

Visit the deepest parts of the ocean during special screenings of James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D; learn how water has helped create the San Francisco Bay Area in our outdoor exhibit, Forces That Shape the Bay; and take on a giant, water-cycle themed maze in our featured exhibit, Water’s Extreme Journey.

Looking for even more science fun? All of our weekend programming will also be open all-week long, including the Ingenuity Lab, Animal Discovery Room, and our Planetarium. Look below for specific times.

James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D

Tickets: $4 per person after admission
In the National Geographic 3D Theater
April 1, 2:00 p.m.
April 2–9, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself. The risks were astounding. The footage is breathtaking. James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D is a celebration of science, courage, and extraordinary human aspiration.

Water's Extreme Journey

Daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free with your admission. Free for Members.

Discover what it’s like to be a water drop traveling through rivers, lakes, wetlands, and even your own home, as your way through the Water’s Extreme Journey maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zipline, walking through the Wetland Slow Zone, and snap a pic of your family “swimming” with the dolphins, all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

Forces That Shape the Bay

Daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free with your admission. Free for Members.

Step into our interactive, outdoor science park, Forces That Shape the Bay, to learn how water erosion from the Sierra Nevada, earthquakes, and other geologic forces have helped create the Bay Area. Make sure to stop by the telescope station before you leave, and take a closer look at the San Francisco Bay.

Marble Runs in the Ingenuity Lab

April 3–7, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Free with your admission. Free for Members.

Stop by the Ingenuity Lab and experience one of our more popular engineering challenges, “Marble Runs.” Use a variety of materials, including tubing, ramps, and baskets, to create and test your own unique marble runs as you learn about potential and kinetic energy, and other basic engineering concepts.

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Animal Explorations Every Day

Daily, 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Free with your admission. Free for Members.

Get a hands-on experience with one of our resident critters in the Animal Discovery Room. Learn about animal habitats, diets, and more as you meet and greet real animals with the help of our trained Animal Discovery Room staff.

Daily Planetarium Shows

Daily, 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $4 per person after admission

Enjoy one of our popular, interactive Planetarium shows during Spring Science Days and step into the shoes of an astronomer as you explore Jupiter, learn about the constellations, and find out how the motions of celestial bodies cause eclipses.

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