The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Animal Discovery Zone
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
We’ll bring our science programs to you.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
Because we know what engages children (and adults as well), we are each picking out our favorite item from The Lawrence Discovery Store. We have your back for birthdays and holidays with a curated selection of items to excite the young scientist in your life.
“Who doesn’t love tie-dye? I think every kid (and adult!) should do tie-dye at least once in their life. The memories will last even longer than the clothes you customize. I love that this kit has everything you need to be creative, try new things, and create art–using science! Tie-dye can be as simple or as complex as you choose, making it an awesome activity for all ages!”
- Associate Director of Elementary Camps Shira Baskind
“My pick is a book called A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures by Sami Bayly. This illustrated book is filled with interesting animals that most people don’t know much about. It’s a perfect choice for older kids and animal enthusiasts. I got it for my 11-year-old brother!”
- Visitor Services & Retail Clerk Lauren Yakushiji
“I’m a little biased since I work with them so often, but I LOVE our Super Sunprint Kits. They are the perfect way to express your creativity and engage with the world around you. I find myself looking at different objects around me and thinking “That would make a cool Sunprint!” My favorite items I’ve used to make cool Sunprints are popcorn, Lego bricks, and my cat’s shadow! The paper is so easy to use; I recommend it for people of all ages!”
- Retail Manager Amy Kistner
“Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy is so motivational and provides wonderful information on how to help improve the planet, one backyard at a time. The importance of native gardens and helping the species that call your backyard home is a focal point of this informative and engaging book, and everyone will be able to walk away learning something.”
- Outdoor Nature Lab Program Lead Chris Ziska
“My favorite item is the Kidzlabs Bubble Science Kit. Playing with bubbles is very nostalgic for me, and the cool shapes in this kit make really neat bubbles that are fun to look at but also teach you a lot about science! The kit is great for anybody in elementary school; I’m planning to get it for my little sister, who’s turning 6!”
- Discovery Store Office Lead Tigerlily Biskup
“My whole family loves the Northern Lights Lava Lamp! My kids have used this as a nightlight since they were young. Not only does it provide the right amount of light, it also provides calming patterns and shapes to focus on as they nod off to sleep. And, it’s just the right amount of retro for my partner and I to appreciate it, too. Hope you have a chance to enjoy it!”
- Director, The Lawrence Hall of Science, Rena Dorph
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