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Special event: Winter Weeks
December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Enjoy quality time with your family and keep the learning gears in motion by coming to the Lawrence Hall of Science this holiday season. Our exhibits, hands-on labs, National Geographic 3D Theater, and Planetarium are open for extra holiday hours during Winter Weeks.

Film: Meerkats in 3D
September 20, 2014 – February 6, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

MeerkatsFilmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary—not to mention adorable—family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their very lives. The Lawrence Hall of Science's National Geographic 3D Theater plays Meerkats 3D daily.

Exhibit: Following in Bartrams' Footsteps
December 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Bartram botanical paintingThis major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s. The UC Botanical Garden will be the only West Coast showing of the exhibition.

Exhibit: California, Captured on Canvas
October 8, 2014 – March 6, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

This exhibit portrays California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate home for vastly different inhabitants. Scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush are displayed, along with more recent work such as colorful paintings by John Sackas of the Golden Gate Produce Market. Also featured are Augustus John’s vibrant portrait of San Francisco’s tennis champion Helen Wills, and an imposing painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5th 1908. The exhibit conveys the variety of artistic prisms through which the Golden State has been captured on canvas.

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Special event: New Year's Eve day party
Wednesday, December 31 | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Kids enjoying New Year's Eve partyMake 2015 a year for science by ringing in the New Year at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Bring your entire family to this New Year's Eve for a relaxing and enriching day of fun. Count down to 2015 in our Science on a Sphere exhibit while observing what happens as the clock strikes midnight in different time zones around the world. At 2:00 p.m. here in Berkeley, cheer as hundred of balloons mark our celebration of the New Year—held at that afternoon hour because we know that, hard as we might try, not everyone can stay up until midnight.

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Botanical garden: Bird walk with Sarah Maclean
Thursday, January 15 | 9-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

HummingbirdJoin us in search of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden's many bird friendly micro-habitats. Both beginning and experienced bird watchers are welcome! Bring binoculars if you have them. Advance registration required.

 $15 / $10 members
Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing

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