It is no secret that we’re big fans of The Lawrence Hall of Science. This is why we are super excited to report that Lawrence Hall of Science reopened indoors as of Halloween Weekend!
What’s New at The Lawrence Hall of Science
Opening October 30 for everyone, you’ll be able to enjoy a refreshed Lawrence Hall of Science with a bright new paint job and lots of fun hands-on science and design activities. There are new exhibits exploring the effectiveness of different types of face masks as well as building activities to learn about antibodies in our immune system. There are also old favorites including rocket building and launching, stop motion movie making, marble run engineering, and much more.
What to Expect at the Lawrence Hall of Science
You’ll be able to reserve your tickets online before you visit or purchase them at the door upon arrival. Masks are required for everyone over age two regardless of vaccination status. Some exhibits won’t be open yet, including the Planetarium, Animal Discovery Room, and Bay View Cafe. But there are so many other terrific exhibits to check out, including a new look at how the pandemic affected the community through stories, artwork, and artifacts.
At the Design Quest Exhibit, you’ll learn about motion, energy, and mechanics while designing, building, and testing your own creations, including ramps, rockets, and wind turbines, all made by the hands of your kiddos. Younger scientists will enjoy the Fly High Exhibit, learning about gravity, balance, and forces while squealing with joy.
Coming Soon: The New Outdoor Nature Lab
Walking from the parking lot to the main entrance of The Lawrence Hall of Science, there’s a large construction area down below for a brand new outdoor space opening later this Winter, called the Outdoor Nature Lab. Kids will be able to immerse themselves in a natural environment where they can climb, crawl and explore all while sparking curiosity about the natural world.
The outdoor science area at the back of the museum offers more hands-on opportunities for your kids to learn about Forces that Shape the Bay. Kids love getting their hands wet, controlling the water flow, messing around in the erosion tables, and gazing out at the Bay with the telescopes. The Sunstones are also a fun place to see science and art interact, or at the very least a cool place for kids to climb and play.
Plan your visit to The Lawrence
Location: 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA
Hours: Opening for the general public October 30th with normal hours Wednesday–Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Admission: Adults & children ages 3+: $20 Children 2 & under: FREE Members: FREE
Parking: An ample parking lot but it costs extra. Remember your license number and pay at the kiosk.
Food: No eating inside. The Cafe is currently closed. You can bring your own food and eat outside.
Restrooms: Yes, nice and clean, but downstairs.
Ages: We love it for ages two and up, depending on the exhibits.