Spring Events at The Lawrence

February 21, 2024

Spring is in the air and we’ve planned an action-packed season of special events for our members and visitors! Explore the relationship between music and wellness, celebrate Spring Break with science, witness a partial solar eclipse, and so much more. Check out the full schedule of events and mark your calendar for a sensational spring.

The Lawrence at Black Joy Parade
Sunday, February 25, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
14th St & Franklin St, Oakland

Bring your positivity and join The Lawrence On-The-Go at Oakland’s 7th annual Black Joy Parade! The Black Joy Parade celebrates the Black experience and the community’s contribution to history and culture with its signature parade and celebration. The Lawrence will bring hands-on science fun to this year’s parade! And optimism about the future of Black scientists!

Celebrate women and girls in STEM with Berkeley’s Society for Women Engineers!

International Women’s Day
Saturday, March 9, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence 
Free with admission

Celebrate women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math on International Women’s Day! Design, build, and test hands-on engineering activities with the UC Berkeley chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. This national non-profit organization celebrates the achievement of non-male individuals as leaders and engineers.

The Lawrence at North Bay Science Discovery Day
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa

Explore with us at The North Bay Science Discovery Day! This free one-day public science festival sparks children’s wonder and curiosity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Join Lawrence On-The-Go and over 70 other organizations to explore rockets and beehives, robots and sharks, catapults and hearts, animation, animals, art, and more.

Through the Looking Glass Pilot
Saturday, March 30–Sunday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence
Free with admission

Help us test a new activity for your future scientists aged 6 and under! Explore nature with various optical tools that can focus far beyond what our eyes typically see. Zoom in and zoom out with microscopes, periscopes, binoculars, and lenses carrying different magnifying powers. Which tools will you choose to help find what’s hidden in nature? The first hour each day (10:00–11:00 a.m.) is for members only.

A Sunprint being made using a peacock feather
Make art with the power of the sun at the Sunprint Kit Celebration!

Sunprint® Kit Celebration
Saturday, March 30–Sunday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence
Free with admission

Celebrate Spring Break with solar science! We’ll have a printmaking station all week featuring our Sunprint® Kit paper in Forces That Shape the Bay. Use your creativity, a variety of fun materials, and the sun’s power to express yourself and create stunning art. On Sunday, April 7, come back from 1:00–3:00 p.m. to see your Sunprints on display for all to see and vote on your favorites to win a prize!

Spring Break at The Lawrence
Sunday, March 31–Monday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence
Free with admission

Soak up the sun and celebrate Spring Break with special events, extended hours, and more at The Lawrence! Bring your suntan lotion and dig in the sand in our Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor exhibit, featuring beach chairs and umbrellas for relaxing, fun games, and beach-themed science activities to keep the family entertained and engaged! Let nature inspire your creativity to make art with watercolors, Sunprint® Kits, and more during Spring Break.

The Shocking Nature of Wildfires Science Show
Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
At The Lawrence
Free with admission

It’s shocking, but 70% of the land burned in Western wildfires is from lightning-sparked blazes. Learn more about how electrical charges can impact the world around us in this explosive interactive science show during Spring Break at The Lawrence! Explore thunderstorm science and learn about how wildfires burn. Spark an interest in electricity and fire safety in this spectacular show.

Crowd looking at solar eclipse with eclipse glasses
Witness a partial solar eclipse! Photo credit: Benjamin Fanjoy/Special to the Chronicle

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence
Free with admission

Explore solar science and witness a solar eclipse! For the second time in six months, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Berkeley. Join us for safe solar viewing, solar activities, and expert explanations of how solar eclipses happen. From here, the Moon will cover approximately 35% of the Sun.

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence
Free with admission

Come celebrate Earth Day in style at the Outdoor Nature Lab! Explore the outdoors using hands-on tools, discover the fun of watercoloring in nature or making Sunprints®, learn about native bees and insects from UC Berkeley students, hear from Ohlone leaders about their traditions, and follow your curiosity to become an environmental detective and solve a mystery alongside staff!

Five Dollar Day
Sunday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
At The Lawrence
$5 reduced admission

Visit The Lawrence and enjoy all the hands-on science we offer for just $5 per person. Learn cutting-edge science in Hands-on Biotech and Virtually Human, meet live animals in our recently renovated Animal Discovery Zone, and more! $5 Days are part of our efforts to increase access to our programs for all.

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