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Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

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  • Thoughtful and Creative means of engaging kids minds, especially in math and science. Loved seeing our daughter with her grandmother figuring things out and "playing" with the various exhibits. The ha...  more »
  • We spent (1 adult, 2 kids ages 10 and 13) spent about 3 hours - building, creating, moving (Design Quest and Going Places were big hits!). The outside courtyard (SunStones, dams) was also great - and ...  more »
  • We thought our 8 and 11-year old grandkids would be done in two hours. We were wrong! They were still going strong (and we had to put more time on the parking meter--only $1 per hour, not a problem!)....  more »
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  • wonderful rotating exhibits. Great little restaurant downstairs all complemented by incredible view off the deck. It's about on par price wise similar feature-rich kids facilities, a little bit pricey but what they offer is worth it. There is a Planetarium, different exhibits on different floors, an animal terrarium area and events. It is sometimes crowded with parking but infrequently. We love this place and a very happy that it's here to enjoy.
  • We took our children here at an early age because of "their fascination" with getting into things with their hands.  This place offered a lot of "hands on science exhibits," which both of our children took an immediate liking to and spent hours running from one exhibit to the next.   The only time we took a break was for lunch, and then it was back visiting and spending more time at the exhibits.   We spent many hours at the insect zoo, animal discovery room, as well as the ingenuity lab trying to solve puzzles to answering questions relating to the universe.  The many exhibits this place offered kept the children stimulated both mind and body and by the time we left, late in the afternoon, both kids were fast asleep from taxing their brains all day.
  • Lots of fun things to mess with and learn. Very sensory experience which is awesome for the kids! The only annoying thing is the place is a little disorganized and most of the bathrooms are on the bottom floor. Regardless, it's a great experience for children as well as adults!
  • There are many great exhibits with activities, plus a beautiful view of the bay from the heights.
  • We come here a lot, either early after opening or an hour before closing when it's not so crowded. It is a very nice kids science museum, not as big as the Exploratorium but also less touristic. It has some quirks, like the awesome water play installation outside, but then kids are not allowed to step into the water. The food could be better. Little things like that. But then again the funding is tight and everyone involved does an amazing job to make everything work, especially the students from Cal explaining things to the kids, helping with the hands on exhibitions. They also come to the local schools and hold little science fairs, contributing in great ways to education. If your donation budget has still room, consider LHS. And don't miss the Dino bones in the basement.