Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

Saturday, June 8, 2019 to Monday, September 2, 2019

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

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Join us for another exciting summer of science at the Hall! From our special Sunday Funday events to our newest exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion, there are so many ways to explore, discover, and invent at the Hall. Take a look and see what we have in store.

From June 8 to September 2, the Hall will be open daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Summer Sunday Fundays

June 9 | Dinosaurs in Motion
Celebrate the start of summer and the opening of our new exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion, with an action-packed day of dino-themed activities!

June 16 | Set Sail
Design, build, and test your own sailboat out of recycled materials in our Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor science park.

June 23 | Big Bug Bonanza
Join SaveNature.org and meet insects, arachnids, and other creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes.

June 30 | Space Exploration
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with special space exploration activities, discounted Planetarium shows, and a special screening of KQED’s Chasing the Moon documentary.

July 7 | Food Festival
July is food science month at the Hall! Kick off a month of special events with a celebration of food and culture.

July 14 | Mighty Microbes
Food science month continues with an exploration of how microbes such as fungus and yeast make possible foods we enjoy, like yogurt, kombucha, and beer.

July 21 | Sweet Science
Celebrate sweet foods with our annual celebration of National Ice Cream Day, and learn about the important role of bees and honey with Planet Bee.

July 28 | Future Food
Food science month comes to a close with a look at the future of food, including sustainability, genetic modification, and much more.

August 4 | Bodies in Motion
Celebrate the human body and what it can do! Catch our annual trapeze show featuring Les Aerielles, and learn more about the human body though other hands-on activities.

August 11 | Chemistry Celebration
2019 is the international year of the periodic table. Join us to learn about elements and the periodic table, and share your favorite element (ours is Lawrencium—true story)!

a full skeleton of a T-Rex is bathed in red stage lights

Exhibits

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

Experience dinosaurs in our featured exhibit this summer! Dinosaurs in Motion is an amazing blend of science, art, and innovation featuring 14 magnificent, fully interactive, anatomically inspired, recycled life-sized metal dinosaur sculptures.

Exploring the Moon
Daily, 12:30 & 3:00 p.m.
Tickets $5

This summer marks the 50th year since humans went to the Moon. Explore the Moon with us in this interactive Planetarium program. We will observe the Moon’s phases and use models to make sense of why they happen. We will imagine visiting the Moon up close. We will see how people have explored the Moon in the past and how people are exploring it today.

Imagine the Sky Tonight
Daily, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:00 p.m.
Tickets $5

What stars can you see in the sky this time of year? What shapes and stories can you imagine among them? We will give you a star map and teach you to find constellations, the starry patterns of the night sky. We might also find planets, star clusters, and other hidden treasures of the night sky. We will even imagine that we are flying away from Earth to make observations from far off in space.

Superpower Dogs
Daily starting June 15, 11:00 a.m.; 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.
Tickets $5

Experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most remarkable dogs. As we discover the astonishing science behind their amazing abilities, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!

Hidden Pacific
Daily starting June 15, 10:30 a.m.; 12:00 noon, 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.
Tickets $5

On the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, blue-green islands, atolls, and corals reefs are thriving with a dizzying array of wildlife and tropical beauty, largely untouched by humans and currently protected as marine national monuments. Hidden Pacific brings viewers never-before-seen footage of these remarkable places, sharing the splendor of such pristine environments and their important role in safeguarding our planet.

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

When you visit our international colony of animals—ranging from axolotls to legless lizards—you can learn about animal behavior and habitats. Try self-guided activities and examine specimen models. Our knowledgeable staff will introduce you to our wonderful creatures and share fun stories and interesting facts about them. Through these encounters, you'll discover more about the animals with which we share the planet.

Animal Ambassadors
Daily, 11:00 a.m.
Free with admission

Have you ever wondered how animals sense the world around them, or how they protect themselves from predators? Join us in the Discovery Theater for a special daily program in which we'll introduce you to one of our special friends from the Animal Discovery Room! Learn about their diet, habitat, animal sense, and much more.

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

Especially for our younger visitors, the Young Explorers Area (YEA) has fun elements sure to be favorites with your family! Join in the exploration as you and your child experiment with our colorful gear wall, see which things fly the highest in our wind tube, and investigate motion on our gravity wall.

Storytime
Daily 10:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Free with admission

Join us in the Discovery Theater next to the Young Explorers Area at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for storytime! Each week we’ll be reading a different science-or math-themed book, appropriate for young children up through kindergarten.

Daily, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Free with admission

Flex your design muscles as you take on some of the Hall’s most popular activities in Ingenuity Challenges. Build your own prosthetic hand, create a marble machine, and design toys that move, throughout the season. Visit our Ingenuity Challenges page to see the full schedule of activities.

May 28–June 30 | Helping Hand (A Prosthetic Hand Challenge)
Create a working prosthetic hand using a variety of materials while testing its functionality, as part of our newest Ingenuity Challenge, funded by Colocation America.

July 1–July 22 | Marble Machines
Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to design, build, and test your own creative ball run that allows your marble to get from Point A to Point B, all while following some surprising paths in between.

July 23–August 14 | Pinball Palooza
Learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine, and construct your own! Use everyday materials to create flippers, plungers, and ramps to make your pinball machine uniquely yours.

August 15–September 2 | Circuitry and Artbots
Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test artbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns.

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