Big Lab

Big Lab

Enhance your visit with a hands-on experience!

Bernoulli Table
Leroy Hamilton

The Big Lab is no ordinary laboratory...

With 32,000 square feet of WIDE-OPEN space and GIANT customized activities, students will conduct ENORMOUS investigations, make HUGE discoveries, and have MASSIVE amounts of FUN through inquiry and exploration!

Reservations now available for the 2015-16 school year!

Discounted rates available for visit dates in August, Septmeber & October!

Field Trip Programs

All field trip programs support California State Science Education Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Big Lab Ramp

    Big Lab Field Trips

    Each Big Lab program can accommodate a class of up to 40 students, and lasts approximately 75 minutes.

    Ladybugs & Life Cycles (Grades Pre K-2)
    All About Air (Grades K-2) 
    Boats & Balance (Grades 3-5) 
    Erosion (Grades 4-6) 
    Roller Coaster Engineering Lab (Grades 5-8)

  • Dissection

    Discovery Lab Field Trips

    Each Discovery Lab program takes place in a state-of-the-art lab classroom adjacent to the Big Lab, and can accommodate a class of up to 25 students. Discovery Lab programs last approximately 60 minutes.

    Ooey Gooey Slime Lab (Grades Pre K-2)
    Cow Eye Dissection (Grades 6-8)

Field Trip Reservations

Call 213-744-2019 or visit the Field Trips and Groups page for details about booking a program. All programs must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Cost: $9 per student, minimum of 15 students

Fall Discount: $7.25 per student!

Discount rate is available for visit dates in August, September & October 2015.

All programs require a $25 non-refundable deposit to confirm your scheduled date and time. The deposit is applied to the cost of your program. Programs include admission to the California Science Center.

Questions? Call (213) 744-2019 for more information, or email

Additional Programs Offered in the Big Lab!

  • Program Participants

    Homeschool Days

    Explore a variety of science topics on days designed specifically for homeschool students! Each day focuses on a different science theme, with age appropriate activities for students from 5-16 years old.

  • Scouts

    Scout Days

    Meet scouts from all over Southern California and work together on hands-on science activities. Programs fulfill requirements for select badges, patches, and electives