Featured Event

06/23/2024
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Rhythms of Summer, Solstice

Feel the warmth of the sun and sand between your toes at our outdoor science party!

Cranes flying over Platte River in Nebraska Sandhill during a sunset.
05/25/2024

3D Theater Opening Day: Wings Over Water 3D

Celebrate the reopening of our 3D Theater with a screen that doubles the surface area and a new state-of-the-art projector,…

Children interacting with Melbourne the bearded dragon
03/30/2024–04/07/2024

Critter Connections

Spring Break at The Lawrence Why do some lizards change color? How does a snake hear without ear holes? Bring…

Two girls working on a physics activity in the classroom
03/09/2024
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

International Women’s Day

Celebrate women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math on International Women’s Day!

Lawrence On-The-Go Educator showing children Benham's Disk
03/09/2024
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Lawrence at North Bay Science Discovery Day

Join Lawrence On-The-Go and over 70 other organizations to explore rockets and beehives, robots and sharks, catapults and hearts, animation,…

Picture of brooke smiley
03/30/2024–04/07/2024

EARTH.SPEAKS

Come check out brooke’s work and learn from her about sustainable architecture! See how brooke connects with the earth to…

Child interacting with the EKG monitor of the Pulse sculpture
03/30/2024–04/07/2024

Pulse Sculpture by Flaming Lotus Girls

Have you ever seen an 8-foot fiery human heart? Join the Flaming Lotus Girls for a temporary installation of their…

Child smiling while holding scribble bot
02/25/2024
12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

The Lawrence at Black Joy Parade

Bring your positivity and join The Lawrence On-The-Go at Oakland’s 7th annual Black Joy Parade!

Sunprint art
03/30/2024–04/07/2024

Sunprint Kit Celebration

Celebrate Spring Break with solar science! We’ll have a printmaking station all week featuring our Sunprint Kit paper in Forces…

Child looking through a magnifying glass
03/30/2024–04/07/2024

Through the Looking Glass Pilot

Help us test a new activity for your littlest future scientists! Have a blast exploring with various optical tools that…

A child uses a round protractor drawing tool to draw a circle on a sheet of paper
03/30/2024–04/08/2024

Spring Break at The Lawrence

Soak up the sun and celebrate Spring Break with special events, extended hours, and more at The Lawrence!

A close up of a child holding a guitar and an adult showing them how to play
04/06/2024
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Get up close and personal with musical instruments and get inspired by the power of music!

Two youth watch the eclipse while wearing eclipse glasses
04/08/2024
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Eclipse Viewing Party

Explore solar science and witness a solar eclipse!

Child holding sound invention
04/13/2024
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Lawrence at Tri-Valley Innovation Fair

The Lawrence On-The-Go will bring hands-on science discovery to the 6th annual Tri-Valley Innovation Fair!

Girl walking down wood stump steps in the Outdoor Nature Lab
04/21/2024
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration

Come celebrate Earth Day in style at the Outdoor Nature Lab!

Children playing next to fountain in front of The Lawrence building
04/28/2024
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Five Dollar Day

Visit The Lawrence and enjoy all the hands-on science we offer for just $5 per person.

A child conducts an experiment with dry ice while holding a science beaker and wearing safety glasses
01/05/2024
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

01/05/2024
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

Solids, Liquids, and Gases Show

Explore the properties of the three states of matter—solids, liquids, and gasses—in this phase-changing, mind-bending science show!

Kids and families marvel at large amount of confetti falling from above
12/31/2023
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

2023 Grand Finale

Looking to celebrate the New Year with your kids but don’t want to stay up past their bedtime? Our annual…

A boy drips liquid from a pipette into a leaf-shaped mold
12/09/2023
11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

12/10/2023
11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Bioplastic Holiday Ornaments

Get into the holiday spirit with a festive activity in our Hands-on Biotech exhibit!

A group of children standing together and smiling. Some are stretching up their arms and jumping for the photo.
11/20/2023–11/22/2023
11/24/2023–11/25/2023

Dance Into the Light

Embark on an illuminating journey into a world of wonder and discovery and help us pilot a new exhibit for…

Two blue whales
11/18/2023
11:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

11/19/2023
11:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Blue Whales 3D Member Preview

Walk the red carpet and enjoy a special preview of our latest 3D film, Blue Whales: Return of the Giants!

A warehouse containing orange canisters stacked three levels high.
11/16/2023
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Clearing the Air: Health Impacts of Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air quality—the air quality within and around homes, buildings, and other structures—affects our health and comfort just as outdoor…

Family looking at Bay Area view from Forces that Shape the Bay
11/16/2023
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Storytelling with Cafe Ohlone

Have you ever wondered about the indigenous traditions of Berkeley and the East Bay? Join us on Thursday, November 16…

Child and adult working on a physics experiment
10/29/2023
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Creepy, Happy Halloween

Our annual Halloween party is back! Visitors wearing a costume can get free tickets to 3D films or Planetarium shows.…

View from above of friends seated at a table for a dinner of salad and pizza
11/09/2023
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

The Future of Food: A Benefit Event for Hungry Minds

Join us at The Lawrence for an immersive evening for hungry minds exploring the future of food. This celebratory benefit…

Children watching Lawrence staff holding snake
10/21/2023
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Animal Discovery Zone Reopening

Renovations on our beloved Animal Discovery Zone are nearly complete!

A room full of people viewing an eclipse on a TV screen
10/14/2023
8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On October 14, an annular solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. The Lawrence will have eclipse glasses…

A green chameleon sits on plant leaves
10/21/2023
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Animal Discovery Zone Member Preview

Join us for an exclusive Members-only preview of our newly refurbished Animal Discovery Zone (ADZ)!

Adult and children observing Science on a Sphere
10/14/2023
10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Space Weather – Protecting the Earth from the Ravages of the Sun

This talk will guide you through the origins and journey of the Solar Wind from the Sun to the Earth,…

A child wearing safety goggles is conducting a science experiment using dry ice.
08/19/2023
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

On-The-Go: Scientific Adventures for Girls Family Science Night

Catch Lawrence On-the-Go at Scientific Adventures for Girls’ STEAM night: Planet Protectors. Build a terrarium, learn about pollinators, become a…

Hector Torres Vera
08/22/2023
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Caminos de la Ciencia: Un bori-químico construyendo bio-fábricas

El trabajo de Héctor consiste en secuestrar el ribosoma, haciéndolo capaz de ensamblar bloques de construcción que no son aminoácidos…

Girl fascinated by wind experiment
08/26/2023
11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

On-The-Go: Science@Stockmen’s Park

Explore everyday science at Science@Stockmen’s Park, a free monthly outdoor event for children ages three and up, teens, and adults.…

Children playing around DNA sculpture in front of the Lawrence
10/08/2023
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Five Dollar Day

Visit The Lawrence and enjoy all the hands-on science we offer for just $5 per person. $5 Days are part…

image of a tool used to test earthquake stability
08/17/2023
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Shaking Things Up: Earthquake Preparedness and Resiliency

August’s virtual lecture is all about earthquakes! Join Dr. Sarina Patel from UC Berkeley’s Seismology Lab and Dr. Floriana Petrone…

Lawrence On-The-Go staff interacting with participants at a tabling event
09/09/2023
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

On-The-Go: Kits Cubed STEM Fair

Join Lawrence On-the-Go for a fun Saturday STEM Fair with Kits Cubed, an organization based in Oakland dedicated to igniting…

Boy sitting on the Lawrence's sunstone overlooking the Bay Area
09/23/2023
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Fall Equinox Family Lunch +  Learn with Dr. Bryan Mendez

Bring your lunch and picnic outside next to our Sun Stones II exhibit, a sculpture offering unique viewing opportunities of…

Sea otter pup and parent
09/24/2023
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Cultural Significance of Sea Otters to the Ohlone

Join Sea Otter Savvy’s Heather Barrett and Cafe Ohlone co-founders Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino in our Outdoor Nature Lab…

Oakland First Fridays - Science at Cal - The Lawrence
08/04/2023
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Oakland First Fridays

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Oakland First Fridays with Science at Cal and The Lawrence On The Go! Explore the…

Member of Dans of Steel playing instrument
02/03/2024
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

02/03/2024
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Roots of Jazz in the Music of Steely Dan

Local band The Dans of Steel will delight guests with a performance that will break down the music of Steely…

Children are observing a bug during Science Fun Days
08/05/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Bug Bonanza

A visitor favorite, Bug Bonanza is a celebration of bugs! SaveNature will bring their awesome insect zoo to The Lawrence…

A trapeze artist performs at The Lawrence during Science Fun Days
07/29/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Les Aerielles

Celebrate the human body and what it can do when put to music! Les Aerielles will return this summer with…

Lithium production plant
07/20/2023
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – It’s Elemental: Lithium Recovery for a Sustainable Electrified Future

Lithium is an essential element in energy-dense batteries and is a key ingredient for a low carbon future, but we…

A girl jumps off the Sunstones sculpture in the Forces That Shape the Bay exhibit
06/10/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Fun with the Sun

Kick off our series of Summer Science Fundays with a celebration of our sun and other stars. Search for sunspots,…

A child builds a structure with giant geometry materials during Science Fun Days
06/17/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Build, Engineer, and Invent!

Explore building in two and three dimensions and discover the engineering properties of sturdy structures including bridges, roller coasters, and…

06/24/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Making Music Exhibition Opening Day

Rock out with science and celebrate the opening of our brand-new exhibition, Making Music: Math and Science Out Loud!

Two girls testing boats made of recycled materials in our Forces That Shape the Bay exhibit
07/01/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Float Your Boat

What does a boat need to float and sail? Join us in our Forces That Shape the Bay exhibit, where…

A boy testing out different weights on a balance scale
07/08/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Fun with Physics

Investigate and experiment with the forces that govern our world, with activities from our hands-on Phenomenal Physics festival and GSK…

Two Lawrence Hall of Science volunteers serve ice cream to a young visitor
07/15/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Ice Cream Shake-Up

On National Ice Cream Day, we celebrate the sweetest of the seven basic tastes, the one made possible by sugars.…

A mother and son look through a microscope
07/22/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Chemistry Funday

Join us for two activities exploring the surprising properties of light and investigating the chemical structure of matter. Compared to…

A student looks through a microscope
06/12/2023–06/16/2023

Amgen Biotech Experience: Complete Series Teacher Workshop-June 2023

This five-day, summer workshop covers the Complete Series of the ABE curriculum, including an introduction to micropipettes and gel electrophoresis,…

A group of performers from Cal Taiko band drumming on stage
08/12/2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Science Funday: Cal Taiko Band

Experience the rhythm of traditional taiko drumming in a performance by UC Berkeley’s Taiko band. Berkeley students will play massive…

Three educators are collaborating together.
05/17/2023
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Teacher Workshop: Scientific Thinking Toolkit for All

High school teachers are invited to a free online interactive Teacher Workshop: Scientific Thinking Toolkit for All as a part…

PiE Robotics
04/29/2023
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

04/30/2023
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) Robotics Competition

High school robot makers and their Cal undergraduate mentors, Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) Robotics, face off this weekend in a…

A group of trees with sunlight flowing between them
04/20/2023
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Curbing Climate Change through Carbon Removal

Stringent climate change targets, including lowering the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, will require both a decline…

orange frog
04/25/2023
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Joyas del Bosque: La genética de color en ranas venenosas

Las ranas venenosas de la fresa son anfibios diminutos que podrían caber en la uña de tu pulgar. En Centroamérica,…

Child participating in electricity demonstration
04/03/2024

The Shocking Nature of Wildfires Science Show

Learn more about how electrical charges can impact the world around us in this explosive interactive science show during Spring…

Students are participating in a science activity at Solar Camp
06/12/2023–06/23/2023
06/26/2023–07/07/2023

Free Hands-on Solar Camp

Want to learn more about the sun and use engineering to solve problems? Join us for a free Hands-on Solar…

Mars
04/07/2023
3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

04/08/2023
3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

The Lawrence On-The-Go: Surviving Life on the Red Planet

Do you think you could live on another planet? In this program you will blast off into cutting-edge science as…

Lawrence on The Go van
03/11/2023
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

North Bay Science Discovery Day

Join The Lawrence On-The-Go at the annual North Bay Science Discovery Day in Santa Rosa! Children, teens, and families are…

A group gathers to celebrate new years with falling confetti
12/31/2022

2022 Grand Finale

Join us for our annual celebration and launch into your New Year’s festivities! You bring the holiday cheer, and we’ll…

A child is participating in an activity in a physics exhibit at The Lawrence
12/21/2022
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Phenomenal Physics

Come explore the forces of physics—the basic principles that govern our physical world. Explore electricity and magnetism, optics and sound,…

Dr. Nia Imara
12/03/2022
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

We Love the Light: A talk by astrophysicist and artist Nia Imara

Join our partner Justice Outside for a cosmic journey and a lecture by artist, astrophysicist, and professor of astronomy, Dr.…

a boy looks in wonder at a cloud of vapor produced by dry ice
10/30/2022
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Happy Creepy Halloween

Join us for our annual Halloween celebration, featuring creepy crawly critters, flying pumpkins, and more!

a cougar
10/20/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Lessons from the Wild: How humans interact with and learn from other animals

Humans have a lot to learn from the other animals who share the Earth—some have innate abilities and senses that…

Two children standing at The Lawrence Hall of Science sign on the plaza
10/10/2022
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

$5 Day at The Lawrence

Looking for something to do with your family on their day off from school? The Lawrence has you covered with…

Frog on a leaf
10/08/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Nature’s Toxic Defenses: Why Don’t Poison Frogs Poison Themselves?

While we might be most familiar with rattlesnakes, black widows, and poison frogs (oh my!), toxins are produced or acquired…

Grounds for Science: Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy
10/04/2022
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Grounds for Science – Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

Grounds for Science presents Illuminating the Brain: How light, color, and a jellyfish protein help us study the mind and…

A planet with a view of its core
09/27/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Materiales en condiciones extremas: una ventana al interior de los planetas

Nuestro planeta Tierra es como una cebolla: está hecho de capas. Algunas son sólidas, otras líquidas, y están hechas de…

Planet in space
09/15/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Outer Space’s Hottest and Brightest Objects

At this month’s Midday Science Cafe, we’ll take a star-studded intergalactic journey to see some of the universe’s hottest and…

A graphic with text that reads Solano Avenue Stroll, the Lawrence, and Science at Cal, with an image of kids doing a science activity
09/11/2022
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Solano Avenue Stroll

Meet & greet Cal scientists, participate in hands-on science activities, and enjoy over a mile of FREE family fun at…

Model of human head and brain area is highlighted
09/10/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – An Inside Look: UC Berkeley’s Center for the Science of Psychedelics

Exactly two years ago, before the new Netflix documentary series, “How to Change your Mind” premiered, the UC Berkeley Center…

Science of Earth & Space
08/27/2022
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Science@Stockmen’s Park

Explore everyday science at Science@Stockmen’s Park, a free, accessible monthly outdoor event for children, teens, and adults. As part of…

Dra. Francesca Burgos Bravo
08/23/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Mover objetos diminutos con luz: no solo un sueño de la ciencia ficción

Si diriges un haz de luz a la mano, no se siente mucho, salvo un poco de calor. Pero si…

Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson
08/18/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Alchemy in the 21st Century: New materials to combat the energy crisis

As scientists continuously hunt for novel approaches to combat our energy crisis, the field of materials science has secured a…

Science at Cal - The Lawrence - Berkeley Lab
08/05/2022
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Oakland First Fridays

This month’s First Fridays theme is “Family Fun,” and Science at Cal, The Lawrence On-The-Go, and Berkeley Lab are coming…

girl playing pinball
07/31/2022
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Summer Funday: Get Your Game On!

Join us for a celebration of the science and math of games!

Four people walking in a snowy landscape
07/26/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – La guía microbiana para viajar al futuro

Por 3500 millones de años organismos vivos diminutos llamados microbios han transformado el planeta. Hoy tenemos mejor ciencia para estudiar…