Events

Summer Fun Days

With activities like boat racing, bubbly sidewalk-painting, meeting real scientists, and making your own ice cream, you’ll have a wonderful time learning and exploring together at Summer Fun Days. All events are free with your admission!

Wednesdays, June 18–August 20
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.*
Free with admission

Girl with butterfly wings

June

18 | Be a Bug
Make your own butterfly wings, create bug sunprints, and get your face painted like your favorite insect.

25 | Flames, Flares, and Explosions
Learn the science of fire and see real explosions (safe ones!) that delight everybody.

Holding a tarantula

July

2 | Boat Race
Build a boat and race it in the Forces that Shape the Bay pond in this annual regatta.

9 | Spider Spectacular
Hunt for spider webs, make webs out of duct tape, create wearable spider parts, and view live spiders.

16 | Ice Cream Day
Make and eat your own ice cream with Chevron volunteers and a special ingredient that changes water's freezing point. Enjoy ice cream tastes from the famous Fenton's Creamery, who will bring along a display of vintage ice cream machines.

23 | Insect Discovery Lab
Hold and touch live bugs when the Insect Discovery Lab from SaveNature.org visits the Hall.

30 | Fizzy, Foamy Science
Color the Hall's sidewalks with foaming paint that you mix up yourself!

Doing engineering

August

6 | Trapeze Arts
Marvel at the high-flying stunts of Les Aerielles Troupe arts, then try out stilts and a tightwire. Shows at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.

13 | Research Roundup
Meet the UC Berkeley students and entomologists who are making cutting-edge advancements in the field of insect science.

20 | Engineering Festival
Everyone can build a hydraulic system, a wind turbine, or a bridge at this celebration of engineering.

* All Summer Fun Day activities run between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., except for the event on August 6, which features two performances: at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.