Saturday, June 25, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016

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

Free with admission

Children experimenting at last year's Summer Fun Days event

Join us every day during summer and explore a different aspect of STEM through hands-on activities and interactive exhibits that change every week. The Hall’s Planetarium, our Animal Discovery Room, and the Ingenuity Lab will be open every day.

Summer Fun Weeks and Special Events

Week 1 | Power Up

Saturday, June 25–Friday, July 1

Learn about the Solar System’s power plant during a week of solar-powered activities. Explore a 6-foot model of the Sun in Science On a Sphere®, learn to power circuits in the Ingenuity Lab, and more.

Saturday, June 25
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Explore solar science, chemistry, and art during a day of solar-powered experimentation. Enjoy hands-on solar viewing activities, a special SUNPRINT® Kit demonstration, and free snacks, and games, powered by Sungevity’s solar van. Learn more about Fun in the Sun.

Week 2 | Meet Extreme Animals

Saturday, July 2–Friday, July 8

You don’t have to leave Earth to encounter otherworldly animals. Meet creatures with extreme qualities in the Animal Discovery Room and enjoy a free, giant bug show with

Wednesday, July 6
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Bring out your inner entomologist and discover a world right under your feet. Meet and touch small bugs, spiky ones, and even giant ones as you learn about their environments and lifestyles with the help of

Week 3 | Chill Out

Saturday, July 9–Friday, July 15

Experiment with chemistry and temperature to discover how the cold affects various states of matter. Enjoy interactive, and safe, liquid nitrogen explorations—plus a free ice cream day.

Wednesday, July 13
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Use chemistry to mix cream and sugar, and create your own handmade ice cream, then enjoy the classic Bay Area taste with ice cream donated by Fenton’s Creamery.

Week 4 | Blast Off

Saturday, July 16–Friday, July 22

Get an astronaut’s-eye-view of the universe with Science On a Sphere®, explore the history of space travel in a National Geographic 3D film, and engage in astronomical conversations with interactive shows in the Planetarium.

Wednesday, July 20
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Discover the cosmos in interactive Planetarium shows, learn about the history of space travel in a 3D film, use recycled materials to build your own space station or rover, and much more.

Week 5 | Defy Gravity

Saturday, July 23–Friday, July 29

Put your engineering skills to the test as you learn how to Defy Gravity and travel to the stars. Design, build, and then test rockets and airplanes to learn about the science of flight.

Saturday, July 23
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Watch a high-flying display of physics as Les Aerielles Troupe takes over the Hall’s back yard. Bring your sunglasses and invite the whole family to enjoy this outdoor event. Shows at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Week 6 | Rove Around

Saturday, July 30–Friday, August 5

Experiment with rovers, rockets, and other spacecraft to learn about the excitement and challenges of space exploration. Stop by the Animal Discovery Room and meet an animal ambassador during Animal Obstacle Mazes.

Friday, August 5
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Meet students from Alice Agogino’s NASA-funded tensegrity research team at UC Berkeley and watch as BEST robotics presents a live demonstration of their shape-shifting robot.

Week 7 | Explore Your Back Yard

Saturday, August 6–Friday, August 12

Get a sneak peek at our upcoming fall theme that’s all about exploring science in your own back yard. Hunt for bugs around the Hall’s grounds, explore the night sky in our Planetarium, and make fizzy works of art on the Hall’s plaza.

Friday, August 12
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

Free with admission

Combine chemistry and art to create your own custom fizzy, foamy masterpieces on the Hall’s plaza. Use vinegar, pigment, and baking soda to bring your art to life and learn to re-create this fun (and nonpermanent) painting activity at home.

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