Without science, no one would know the difference between zinc and copper or test tubes and glass finger puppets. Explore an invaluable discipline with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get admission for up to four to The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley (up to a $48 value).
University of California, Berkeley’s public science center, The Lawrence Hall of Science, inspires patrons to test hypotheses and explore natural phenomena with an array of hands-on exhibits. In the knowledge emporium’s Imaginate interactive exhibit, opening February 4, budding technology savants express creative impulses by plying cutting-edge tools and producing film shorts replete with stop-motion animation. Guests can even compose tunes on sound panels, rather than doing it the old-school way—by dipping a guitar neck in paint and scrawling music across a drum skin. Interactive floor projections can host high-octane games of air hockey or dissolve into customizable fireworks displays, whereas alternate exhibits showcase different earthly wonders. In Animal Investigations, visitors view gamboling creatures such as chinchillas and iguanas alongside dinosaur artifacts. Earth and Space, alternatively, simulates stargazing with a planetarium and draws connections between satellite data and large-scale phenomena such as weather and ocean currents.
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Established in 1968 in honor of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, UC Berkeley's first Nobel laureate, The Lawrence Hall of Science aims to inspire the scientists and innovators of the future. Their hands-on exhibits allow children and adults to see and touch a fascinating variety of displays and projects. The animated, interactive Science On a Sphere globe, for example, uses actual scientific data to depict the expanding wave patterns of tsunamis and the surface of Mars. To learn more about seismic activity, guests head to the Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor park to explore erosion and the geology of the Bay Area. Kids can climb atop a life-size model whale or through the double helix of a huge DNA sculpture, or work with UC Berkeley students and staff to design and build a prototype in the Ingenuity Lab.
The museum also sparks imaginations with an interactive planetarium and the National Geographic 3D Theater. Its affiliation with the university makes it an ideal spot for educational camps and classes, as well as community events, including a robotics competition.
1 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, California 94720