The California Science Center strives to provide homeschool students with opportunities to explore science in unique and fun ways. Whether you are bringing one student or a group of 30, there is a program for you!
Join us on select days throughout the school year as homeschool students come together to explore a variety of science concepts! Each day will feature age-appropriate activities held in our educational classrooms and the Big Lab. See below for dates, topics and availability.
Registration for Fall 2015 will begin in August.
- Pre-registration is required and space is limited. See registration section below for additional information, and check back in August 2015 to download a registration form.
Home School Groups
Home school organizations or groups with 15 or more students may also contact the Reservations department at 213-744-2019 to schedule a field trip program offered in the Big Lab.
Homeschool Days for 2014-15 have concluded. See below for a sample of last year's classes, and check back in August for new dates and science topics!
Classes are offered for students based on the following age ranges:
5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-16
Morning: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
* All sessions will be identical, unless noted below.
Activities vary based on age group. If your child has already attended a specific science topic, new activities and learning goals will be introduced as students advance through the age groups.
Sample Program: Exciting Electricity
Spark an interest in electricity! Electrical energy powers our lives, but what really happens when a light switch is flipped or a power button is pressed? Students will create currents, build electric toys, and explore electron movement as they generate some bright ideas in this shocking day of science!
Sample Program: Movie Magic
Lights! Camera! SCIENCE! Go behind the scenes to discover the scientific secrets used by magicians and moviemakers to create illusions and deceive your eyes. Set the stage with special effects, find out about filmmaking tricks, and make magic a reality in this action packed day. Students will be reeling with excitement as the secrets of stage and screen are revealed through the magic of science!
Sample Program: What's Up With Water?
Water, water, everywhere! About 71% of Earth’s surface is covered in water, and we desperately need it to survive. Dive into the importance of water, plunge into the water cycle, and dip into the many ways water improves our lives. Warning- You may get wet!
Sample Program: Get Down With Gravity
Look out below! Find out how things fall as eggs, melons, water balloons, and more plummet from our 30-foot Mega-Tower. You’ll see that what goes up, must come down in this gripping day of gravity exploration!
Check back in August to download a registration form for Fall 2015.
Registration forms must be submitted by mail or fax. Please do not attempt to e-mail your registration form.
2014-15 Cost per class
$30 for Non-Members
$25 for Members*
Parents and siblings age 4 and under may observe at no charge.
*Membership is required to process discounted registration and your Membership must be current at the time of class date. Please click here for more information on Membership.
Full payment is due at the time of registration. Registration will close either one week prior to the program date, or when all available spaces have been reserved, whichever occurs first. To ensure each student has adequate supplies, registrations submitted less than one week prior to the program date may not be accepted.
Cancellation Policy: All reservations are final. No refunds, credits, date changes, or age group changes will be processed.
For which ages are the programs appropriate?
The program is designed for students ages 5-16. Groups are ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-16. Students must be age 5 or older by the program date in order to participate. If you feel your child should be in a higher or lower age group, please sign them up for the class you would like them to attend. Jumping up or down more than one age group is not recommended. Class changes will not be accommodated the day of the program.
How many students can be accommodated?
Each class will hold approximately 22 students.
May I drop off my student?
All participants must be checked in by a parent/guardian. After being checked in, students may be dropped off for either the morning or afternoon session. They will need to be picked up by 12:00 noon for the morning session and 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.
Is parking included?
Each student's confirmation letter will act as a 15 minute parking pass for pickup and dropoff. Unfortunately, full-day parking is not included in the cost of the program. Parking in Exposition Park is $10 per day. Members receive a limited number of parking vouchers. Please click here to see more information regarding becoming a member.
Are lunches or snacks provided?
No. Programs are 2.5 hours long, and do not include lunch or snack time. Participants should plan to eat before or after program times. Food may be purchased at the on-site Trimana restaurants.
Where do Homeschool Days take place?
Check-in will be held in the Big Lab, located on the campus of the California Science Center, in the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation. It is about 1-2 minute walk from the main building of the Science Center. Instructors will utilize classroom laboratories, the Big Lab, California Science Center exhibits, and surrounding elements of Exposition Park to support lessons. Parents are invited to check with instructors the day of their session regarding accompanying students during excursions.
Download a California Science Center Map.
Do we need to bring anything?
No. All supplies for the activities will be provided.