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The Exploratorium Is Closed (For Now)! What's a Nerd to Do?

Lani Conway | January 9, 2013 | Lifestyle Story City Life

When the Exploratorium closed its hallowed doors on January 2, it undoubtedly left a void. Separation anxiety, commence. If you’re too impatient to wait for the next @theexplainers pop-up, or, better yet, the grand reopening of the Exploratorium at Pier 15 on April 17, then fear not. From the Chabot Space & Science Center to the Children’s Discovery Museum, Bay Area science education abounds. Below are a few upcoming exhibitions and events to keep you exploring, discovering, and tinkering while you wait.

Brilliant! Science: Decoding Human Health
The five-day bioscience festival at the California Academy of Sciences includes events and fascinating lectures with titles like “Disease Cures: Hijacking Viruses to Overcome Disease” (Jan. 24), and “Stroke of Insight: Strengthening the Brain” (Jan 28).
“Brilliant! Science: Decoding Human Health,” Jan. 24 to 28 at California Academy of Sciences

Open Make @ The Tech Museum of Innovation
This is for those that are interested in local inventors and the things they make. On January 12, the Tech Museum in San Jose will kick off its first "Open Make," a monthly series that explores the worlds of aviation, robotics, sound tech, and more. Each event will include Meet-the-Maker talks, and workshops that encourage you to invent.
The first "Open Make" is Jan. 12 at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Run, Jump, Fly & Spin
Newton’s laws of motion thrive at this upcoming Lawrence Hall of Science exhibition for kids. Explore the physics of movement through an indoor adventure park featuring interactive play zones like the climbing canyon, flyscycle sky, and the human centrifuge.
“Run, Jump, Fly & Spin,” Jan. 19 to May 5 at The Lawrence Hall of Science

Thinkwalks and Discovery Street Tours
Tour guide Joel Pomerantz leads Thinkwalks, a way to explore San Francisco’s geography, public art and culture through offbeat walking and bike tours such as the Divisadero Water History walk and the Transportation History Geek-Out Ride from the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park. Equally nerdy are “Adventurous Strolls for Inquisitive Souls” by the SF-based Discovery Street Tours. A tour of the city’s stellar rock formations, anyone?
Check the website of Thinkwalks and the Discovery Street Tours for a schedule of upcoming city tours.

Family Day on Mission Creek
Here’s one for the nature lover: Bay Nature, a Berkeley-based organization, continually features nature-inspired events, scenic hikes, and bird watching excursions. Next up: an activty-led exploration of Mission Creek near the Fourth Street bridge, in an area that was once open water.
“Family Day on Mission Creek,” Jan. 19 @ The Fourth Street Bridge

Craving more? Here’s a list of other websites, local groups and resources that will help to keep your science groove in motion: Home of the Bay Area Science Festival. Their comprehensive year-round calendar lists a variety of science-related events throughout the Bay Area.

Chabot Space & Science Center: Evening observatory viewings of the awe-inspiring stars above.

Gladstone Institutes: UCSF affiliate and famed biomedical and science organization (think recent Nobel Prize winner, Shinya Yamanaka), offers seminars and scientific events.

KQED Quest: A helpful online resource of videos, articles, and digital media to inspire thoughts on astronomy, geology, physics, climate, and health.

San Francisco Naturalist Society: A free club for those looking to explore the natural world through events, photo lectures, beach cleanups, etc.

Sierra Club: John Muir’s renowned eco-minded organization hosts local outings and nature hikes throughout the Bay.

Stanford University Office of Science Outreach: Lists upcoming public events and lectures.

Wonderfest: Local non-profit and “Bay Area BEACON of Science” produces science events year-round.

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