Summer is Here at The Lawrence!

June 3, 2022

Summer is here, and with it some exciting new opportunities to explore and discover at The Lawrence! Join us for our extended summer hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and experience new exhibits, Ingenuity Challenges, and much more! Read on for a taste of what we have in store for our members and guests this summer.

New Exhibits

This summer, we’ve brought back a fan favorite exhibit: Well Played! Explore and engage with math and science concepts like force, trajectory, and angles. Then, see how you can use them to improve your high score in pinball, skeeball, and basketball. We’ve also added an all-new minigolf game to the exhibit! Plus, design, build, and test your own minigolf obstacles in our newest Ingenuity Challenge.

In addition to Well Played, this summer marks the grand opening of The Robert and Elizabeth Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab, the first major expansion to The Lawrence in nearly 20 years. Starting on June 19, visitors will be able to explore nature in our backyard! Learn about nature journaling, videography, and photography as you observe lichen, birds, and other flora and fauna in this exciting and engaging new experience.

Sunday Fundays

Our series of special summer events is back in a big way! Check out our exciting slate of Sunday Fundays, including old favorites like Ice Cream Day, Trapeze Arts, and Bug Bonanza.

Fun with the Sun
June 12,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Kick off our summer Sunday Fundays with a celebration of our sun and other stars. Search for sunspots, learn how particles of dust come together to form planets and stars, and explore how solar eclipses work.

Outdoor Nature
Lab Opening Day
June 19,
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the opening of our all-new Outdoor Nature Lab! Bring your curiosity to explore the stump stairs, practice using spotting scopes and binoculars to observe our local wildlife, test out our new self-guided nature activities, and enjoy our breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay.

Float Your Boat
June 26,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

What does a boat need to float and sail? Join us in our Forces that Shape the Bay exhibit where we’ll be engineering our own small boats out of recycled materials. Discover what it takes to make a sail that works and a boat that floats. 

Bug Bonanza
July 3,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of bugs! Our friends at SaveNature will bring their insect zoo to The Lawrence. Learn about the lives of these fascinating critters and even get to touch them… if you dare! Then grab a magnifying glass and conduct your own big hunt in our new Outdoor Nature Lab.

Fun with Physics
July 10,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us to explore the physical forces and principles that govern our world! Observe and experiment with topics ranging from electricity and magnetism to sound and fluid dynamics. What will you discover about these phenomena?

Ice Cream Day
July 17,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

On National Ice Cream Day, we’re celebrating the sweetest of the 7 basic tastes. With a little help from volunteers from Chevron, learn to make your own ice cream treat…with science! 

Trapeze Arts
July 24,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Celebrate the human body and what it can do! Our friends at Les Aerielles are returning once again with their incredible young trapeze arts performers.

Sponsored by Clorox.

Get Your Game On!
July 31,
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us for our final Sunday Funday for a deeper dive into the science and math of games in our Well Played exhibit!

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