Program Participants

Homeschool Programs

Hands-on activity

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!

Upcoming Home School Days
Registration Information
Frequently Asked Questions

Program Options

Homeschool Days

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 is now open for September-December 2014!

  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited. See registration section below for additional information, or 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.

Upcoming Homeschool Days!

Now offering two date choices per science topic!

Age groups
Classes are offered for students based on the following age ranges:
5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-16

Session times*
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.


  • LightandSound

    September 2014: Light and Sound

    Have you ever seen sound? Or listened to light? Students will feel the frequencies of sound waves, visualize the visible and non-visible spectrum of light, and open their eyes and ears to the sights and sounds of science in this illuminating day of discovery!

    Note: Participants in 11-12 and 13-16 year-old groups will take part in a cow eye dissection. Students may choose to participate or observe.

    Date option 1: Monday, September 29, 2014

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 7-8 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 9-10 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 11-12 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 13-16 CLOSED CLOSED

    Date option 2: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 N/A CLOSED
    Age 7-8 N/A CLOSED
    Age 9-10 N/A CLOSED
    Age 11-12 N/A CLOSED
    Age 13-16 N/A CLOSED

    Fee per participant: $25/members, $30/non-members

  • Summer Camp Girl with Airplane

    October 2014: All About Air

    Where is air? Everywhere! Travel beyond the troposphere, soar through the stratosphere, and move into the mesosphere to explore the properties of air in our atmosphere. Students will fly airplanes, drop parachutes, launch projectiles, and more while harnessing the power of air and gliding to a greater understanding of science!

    Date option 1: Monday, October 27, 2014

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 7-8 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 9-10 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 11-12 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 13-16 CLOSED CLOSED

    Date option 2: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 N/A CLOSED
    Age 7-8 N/A CLOSED
    Age 9-10 N/A CLOSED
    Age 11-12 N/A CLOSED
    Age 13-16 N/A CLOSED

    Fee per participant: $25/members, $30/non-members

  • Earth Layers

    November 2014: Geology Rocks!

    Dig up some dirt on Earth science! With rocks and minerals as their guides, students will unearth an understanding of erosion, crack open the concept of plate tectonics, find out about fossil formation, and more. Dust off your rock hammer, and get to the core of the 4.6 billion year history of our planet!

    Date option 1: Monday, November 17, 2014

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 SPACE LIMITED SPACE LIMITED
    Age 7-8 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
    Age 9-10 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
    Age 11-12 SOLD OUT SPACE LIMITED
    Age 13-16 OPEN OPEN

    Date option 2: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 N/A SOLD OUT
    Age 7-8 N/A SOLD OUT
    Age 9-10 N/A SOLD OUT
    Age 11-12 N/A SPACE LIMITED
    Age 13-16 N/A OPEN

    Fee per participant: $25/members, $30/non-members

Registration Information

Download a Registration Form for Fall 2014.
Registration forms must be submitted by mail or fax. Please do not attempt to e-mail your registration form.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Additional Questions? Call (213) 744-7444 for more information, or email EducationPrograms@cscmail.org.