Summer Science Fundays

Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m., from June 10—August 12, 2023

Science Fundays are back at The Lawrence! From June 10 through August 12, join us every Saturday for a seriously fun event featuring special guests, new activities, and more! All events are free with your museum admission. Check out the full list of Science Fundays below.

A child builds a structure with giant geometry materials during Science Fun Days

Important Dates

June 10, 2023

Fun with the Sun
Outdoor Nature Lab
Kick off our summer Science 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. 

June 17, 2023

Build, Engineer, and Invent!
Forces that Shape the Bay & Forces that Shape the Bay Lobby
Explore building in two and three dimensions while discovering the design properties involved in constructing sturdy structures, bridges, roller coasters, and more! We bring the building materials; you supply the creativity!

June 24, 2023

Making Music: Math and Science Out Loud Opening
Pauley Hall & Forces that Shape the Bay Lobby
Rock out with science and celebrate the opening of our new exhibition Making Music: Math and Science Out Loud!

July 1, 2023

Float your Boat
Forces that Shape the Bay
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.

July 8, 2023

Fun with Physics
Forces that Shape the Bay & Forces that Shape the Bay Lobby
Investigate and experiment with the forces that govern our world, with activities from our hands-on Phenomenal Physics festival and GSK Science in the Summer™

July 15, 2023

Ice Cream Shake-Up
Forces that Shape the Bay
On National Ice Cream Day, we are celebrating the sweetest of the seven basic tastes, the one made possible by sugars. Make your own ice cream and learn about the science behind this tasty treat.

July 22, 2023

Chemistry Funday
Forces that Shape the Bay & Forces that Shape the Bay Lobby
We will conduct two different tabletop activities that focus on using surprising properties of light to investigate the structure of matter/materials. Compared to using microscopes, these techniques can tell us different things and at even smaller scales. The first activity uses laser diffraction to study the structure of bird feathers. The second activity uses polarized light to study how materials respond to being put under stress.

July 29, 2023

Les Aerielles
Celebrate the human body and what it can do when put to music! Les Aerielles is returning for this summer with their incredible young trapeze arts performers. Performance times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00.

Aug 5, 2023

Bug Bonanza!
Outdoor Nature Lab
A visitor favorite, our Bug Bonanza is a celebration of bugs! SaveNature will be at the Lawrence from 12-2 with their awesome insects. Learn about the lives of these fascinating creatures and even get to touch them… if you dare! We’ll also be conducting our own bug hunts out in the Outdoor Nature Lab, where we’ll have magnifying glasses out so that we can look at our backyard nature up close.

Aug 12, 2023

Cal Taiko Band
UC Berkeley’s Taiko band will perform. Visitors will be able to experience the rhythm created by traditional taiko drumming. UC Berkeley students will be playing massive drums built from animal skins and ancient tree trunks. This troupe of youthful and energetic drummers will channel the heartbeat and spirit of their homeland and will talk about this cultural tradition that traces its roots back more than 1,000 years in Japan.

Summer Science Fun Days


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