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
Enrollment 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.

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

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!

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.


  • Chemistry

    September 2015: Incredible Chemicals

    From the kitchen to the laboratory, reactions happen all around us! Discover the difference between physical and chemical reactions, learn about laboratory safety, and explore the elements while making crazy chemical concoctions!

    Enroll now!

    Date option 1: Monday, September 21, 2015

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

    Date option 2: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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

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

  • Get Galactic

    October 2015: Get Galactic

    Step outside our atmosphere and take a closer look at what makes up the universe! Travel through our solar system to explore planets and moons, hop aboard a comet to understand orbits, and journey into the depths of the Milky Way to discover the vast distances of space.

    Enroll now!

    Date option 1: Monday, October 19, 2015

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

    Date option 2: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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

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

  • Human Body

    November 2015: Human Body: Insides Out

    What are you made of? Investigate body systems while comparing and contrasting human anatomy with other animal species. Students will gain a new perspective on biology after turning their bodies Insides Out!

    NOTE: Each age group will participate in the following dissection activities. Students may choose to participate or observe.

    Age 5-6: Owl pellet dissection
    Age 7-8: Squid dissection
    
Age 9-10: Sheep heart dissection

    Age 11-12: Bullfrog dissection

    Age 13-16: Fetal pig dissection

    Enroll now!

    Date option 1: Monday, November 16, 2015

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

    Date option 2: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

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

Enrollment Information

Enroll Online - New this year!

Parents wishing to pay by credit card or purchase order (see below for PO info) are able to use the online system.

Enroll by Mail/Fax

Parents wishing to pay by check, credit card or purchase order (see below for PO info) may download an Enrollment Request Form to submit via mail or fax. Please DO NOT attempt to email this form.

Purchase Order Information

Please email purchase orders (from approved schools only) to HomeschoolPO@cscmail.org.

Note: Purchase orders should be obtained BEFORE attempting to enroll your child. Enrollment will only be confirmed when BOTH the purchase order has been submitted via email AND an enrollment form has been submitted online or via mail/fax.

Cost per class

$30 for Non-Members
$25 for Members*

Parents and siblings age 4 and under may observe at no charge (use of supplies and equipment will be limited to paid participants only).
*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/Change Policy: Program cancellations, refunds and changes are permitted up to 30 days prior to program date. All refunds and changes will be charged a $5 processing fee per program. There are no refunds, credits, cancellations, or changes within 30 days prior to program date.

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 an alternate age group, you may enroll them one age group higher or lower than their actual age. Jumping up or down more than one age group is not permitted. 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.