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I'm looking for an indoor birthday party location for my soon to be 8 year old son. Lawrence Hall of Science has several workshops. Does anyone have experience with the Slime (Chemistry)or the Marble Machines (Physics) workshops? The animal workshops seem too young for him and the Planetarium parties aren't of interest to him. Have you been to one of these workshops lately? Did the kids have fun? Was the staff organized and attentive? thanks!
can anyone recommend a good pizza place close to the lawrence hall of science, that delivers?
When one of my kids was 6 or 7 (he's now 15), we held his birthday party at LHS. With a January birthdate, we always needed a format that could work in spite of bad weather. It was a real success. We hosted the maximum number of kids (I think something like 12) for the biology workshop - the one where the kids get to pet, hold and observe a variety of animals. It was well managed by a high schooler or undergrad (can't remember which), who supervised and explained about feeding and handling, etc.. The kids all really enjoyed it. Afterward they got to run around LHS for a couple of hours, and everyone found something to do that interested them. I had two other adults to help me - definitely necessary! We brought everyone back to the house for goodies and opening of presents, but I believe you can reserve a party room right there if you like.
It was one of those rare birthday parties where my husband and I actually
had a good time, too!
So we're considering Lawrence Hall for a November birthday for my five year old. There are a few different themes(electricity, animals, chemistry) and we're looking for recommendations of which to choose. Anyone attend or have such a party and have an opinion? Looking for a hit with the kids. thanks! deborah
I would like to ask if anyone has any recent experience in holding a birthday party workshop there? Which workshop would you recommend for a group of 5 year old kids? Has anyone experienced a planetarium or biology workshop there? How was the group leader and were the kids engaged? Many thanks!
After the workshop we had about 45 min for lunch and cake. We chose to self-cater in a conference room (as opposed to have the cafe provide the food there). It was fine. While we were in there, another group was setting up, but by the time they started their party, we were done. I don't know if it sometimes is busier there. When I made the reservation it sounded like there might be several groups in the conference room simultaneously. For us anyway it worked great.
To sum it up, we had a great experience at LHS and would do it again. Heike
With a little advance planning, one can have a birthday party at the
Lawrence Hall of Science. Adults are definitely needed to keep track of
all the small party-goers as they check out the displays, the animals for
petting, etc. In good weather, one can picnic on the lawn. There is an
indoor cafeteria ... check and see, I think they will allow you to bring
your own food ... or maybe at least some of your own food if you buy some
More information on Birthday Parties at the Lawrence Hall of Science :
LHS Weekend Workshops and Parties are a great way to celebrate birthdays and other occasions. Workshop topics include Astronomy/Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and vary month to month.
Party workshops are $95 ($85 for LHS members) and include:
Admission to the workshop and current exibits for a maximum of 15 children (children 2 years and older are counted towards the max) Admission for one adult per child participating in the workshop (guests over the max pay regular admission upon arrival)
Two tables for your refreshments are provided. It's okay to bring your own food. For more information on the Galaxy Cafeteria call 644-3171.
Adult participation is required in all party workshops and reservations
must be made at least 4 weeks in advance by calling (510) 642-5134.
The Discover Corner Store now offers special LHS invitations, favor bags, party tableware, and more. Order forms will be included with your party reservation.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Re: Camp that will accept special-needs 8 year old
Hi, I have a son with Asperger Syndrome who has attended Lawrence Hall of Science camps with an aide. The Lawrence Hall of Science has been very understanding and worked well with the aide and my son. Now that he has attended a few camps there he has even done some without the aide. laura
Re: Lawrence Hall vs. Oakland Galileo
I work at Lawrence Hall so am obviously biased (I don't work in summer camps however), but our camps are great for youngsters. We offer half day camps which is a good amount of time if you have a sensitive child. Because they are 3 hours a day, they pretty much jump right into the science and there isn't a lot of time for the whooping and hollering. They do get a snack and play break, but those are usually a structured game or going up to the musuem floor and playing with the exhibits. Our summer camps are designed to be age appropriate and super hands on and engaging. Your child will get enough moving around, but without all the downtime and chaos that can accompany it. My daughter also tends to be sensitive to rowdy environments and she loves LHS camps. To be fair, I have no experience with Galileo camps. Sue G.
Re: Afternoon-only summer camps?
Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science has excellent afternoon only camps during the summer. They offer a variety of options, too. We've loved every class/camp we've participated in there and have been impressed by the instructors and the quality of the material presented. These camps fill up quick though, so you may want to become a member to take advantage of eary sign-up dates. Berkeley mom
Has anyone attended the trainings on Family Math at Lawrence Hall of Science? Or used the book for home enrichment? My 6 year old son really enjoys math and I am thinking of trying to do a bit more with him at home in this subject. The book I've seen describes setting up a group for doing the projects...has anyone done this or used it just individually? Jennifer
I would highly recommend the current Lego exhibit at LHS for children of all ages. My almost-2-year-old had a ball. They have lots of Duplo blocks that kids can play with including 3 stations where kids build buildings then push a button to cause an earthquake simulation and see if their building will crumble or not. Older children had fun with it, too. There's also a Lego racing car contest for children ages 3 and up and much more. It's really fun! - Sharon
Re: Building class or camp for 7-year-old
Lawrence Hall of Science has classes during the school year and in the summer that focus on science and building. In the summer, gadget camp would be great for your son, as well as rocket camp when he gets a little older. Visit the website for a whole list www.lawrencehallofscience.org. Megan
Re: Math enrichment classes for 6-year-old
Lawrence Hall of Science has some great summer/after school classes. They present mathematics from a broader point of view than your child is likely to see in most classrooms. This year some of them are connected with afternoon sports camps, so your child could have a full day. Carol
Lawrence Hall programs are truly wonderful. In order to get
the class of your choice, you should join LHS (which also gives you free
admission for a year and free planetarium shows and discounts on the
classes, along with priority in class registration.). We've also really
loved the programs on Friday and Sat. evenings at the Chabot Observatory in
Oakland. These have been temporarily suspended while a super new facility is
being completed. When the new space opens, there will be all sorts of
fabulous programs, one of the best space/astronomy sites in the US.
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