Experience BNL’s Summer Sundays

This Sunday, July 31 — More to Explore!

summer sundays

BNL’s Summer Sundays — exciting science shows, tours of world-class science facilities, and hands-on educational activities for the whole family — are all free! BNL is open on Summer Sundays through August 14 for the public, employees, and their families to enjoy a fun-filled visit while learning about dynamic scientific developments at the Lab.

No reservations are needed, but visitors 16 and older must bring a photo ID. Visitors may arrive any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. A different tour and new science show will be featured each week. The last facility visit takes place at 3 p.m. each week, and science shows will be held at noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. each Sunday in Berkner Hall. A cafeteria and gift shop, also located in Berkner Hall, will be open until 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

This Sunday, July 31 — More to Explore!

A fabulous day of hands-on family fun is planned for this Summer Sunday. Use the basic scientific method to explore magnets, mirrors and more. Hop aboard a fire truck and learn all about the Laboratory’s protective services. Behold “Phenomenal Physics with Mr. Fish.”

Science Learning Center Visit

At the Science Learning Center you can see in 3D, drive a Mars Rover, and experience interactive exhibits that demonstrate basic scientific principles. Bus tickets to the center are available at the Berkner Hall reception desk. Buses leave Berkner Hall for the center every 20 minutes; the last facility tour begins at 3 p.m.

Lab Protection and Plant Facilities Visit

Meet the team that helps the Lab go and grow safely: Take fire extinguisher training, use a thermal imaging camera to see in the dark, and climb aboard large construction equipment and fire engines. Bus tickets to the BNL Firehouse are available at the Berkner Hall reception desk. Buses leave Berkner Hall for the firehouse every 20 minutes; the last facility tour begins at 3 p.m.

‘Phenomenal Physics With Mr. Fish Show’

The show will be held in Berkner Hall auditorium at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Arrive early, the auditorium fills quickly.

‘Amazing Activity Zone’

Come learn scientific concepts while performing circus tricks! Juggle, spin plates, balance bull roars and more while learning the scientific concepts of gravity, balance, flight centripetal force, aerodynamics, light and sound waves. Shows are at 11 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Obtain tickets at Berkner Hall.

Science Talk on Researching Nature

At the Science Education Center auditorium, Wildlife Specialist Jennifer Higbie will talk on “Researching Nature: Natural Resources & Wildlife Management,” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Visit the Bio-Bus

A carbon neutral laboratory on wheels! Peek inside, look around. The Bio-bus will be parked all day in the Science Education Center parking lot.

Japanese Taiko Drumming Show, 1 p.m.

The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center Ensemble will demonstrate the sounds of Japanese drumming at 1 p.m. at the Brookhaven Center. Catch a shuttle bus to the facility from Berkner Hall.

Optical Illusions

Combine two images into one — with help from the Long Island Science Center. This optical fun will be ongoing in Berkner Hall, Room B, all day.

Still to come...
August 7: Storm Hunters

Learn how meteorologists at the National Weather Service forecast the weather and track storms across the New York metropolitan area. Watch the launching of a weather balloon at 3:30 p.m. See the “Weather” show.

August 14: Atom-Smashing Fun

Visit the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, a world-class particle accelerator where physicists recreate the conditions in the universe as they believe it existed microseconds after the Big Bang! Stump a physicist, and meet “Einstein Alive.” This science facility tour is appropriate for children 10 and older.

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