Free IMAX tickets for students
Field trip groups visiting the California Science Center between October 29 - December 18, 2015 may be eligible to receive FREE IMAX tickets when booking a paid school field trip to Journey to Space: The Exhibition. Additional restrictions apply. More information.
Making a Group Field Trip Reservation
To help create a better guest experience, groups of 15 people or more are required to make a reservation before visiting.
Call (213) 744-2019 to speak with a reservation assistant. Reservations are accepted weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Complete a Reservation Form
Download one of the following reservation forms, complete it, then fax or mail it to us.
There is a non-refundable $25 booking fee for the general Science Center field trip. The booking fee must be paid at least 30 working days prior to the field trip date. If booking a reservation less than 30 days in advance, the booking fees are due immediately. The booking fee is applied toward the total cost of IMAX film tickets only.
Unpaid IMAX film and education program fees are due upon arrival at the Science Center on the date of your visit. Please check in at the Box Office. You may pay by credit card, purchase order, cash or check.
Things to do on your field trip
Enjoy the California Science Center's free exhibitions or take advantage of the paid experiences below:
Journey to Space: The Exhibition invites guests to examine the challenges and innovative solutions required for human space exploration.
Take part in an IMAX movie that projects film on a 90 foot wide screen. You can also order concessions for your IMAX group in advance by faxing in the order form. Orders for 15 or more people will receive a 20% discount on concessions.
A learning opportunity for all ages, Endeavour: The California Story promotes an appreciation for scientific study and a celebration of Endeavour's successful journey to its home in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.
Enhance Pre K-8th grade classroom science with activities focused on physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, and more! All programs support Next Generation Science Standards.
Learn through hands-on experiences in permanent exhibit galleries that explore human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and the Earth's ecosystems.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by calling (213) 744-2019. Program fees paid in full, minus the booking fee, will be refunded only if you cancel your reservation at least 7 working days before the date of your visit. If you cancel your reservation less than 7 working days prior to your visit, no program fees will be refunded.
Final headcount must be given 7 days prior to the date of your visit. Should your headcount change, please fax in a revised confirmation to (213) 744-2650 or call (213) 744-2019 with your changes. If fewer individuals in your group arrive on your visit date, the group will be responsible for payment of all reserved tickets. If you arrive with more individuals than you reserved, your group space is not guaranteed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other programs can students attend at the Science Center?
The California Science Center offers a variety of programs to enhance your field trip. However, programs and their times change daily. Please see the information desk on the day of your arrival for a listing of live demonstrations.
What are the prices and location of parking at the Science Center?
Individual parking costs $10 and is located in the parking structure at the corner of 39th Street and Figueroa. Group or bus parking is available. Please contact a reservationist at 213-744-2019 or visit the Directions, Parking and Transportation page for more info.
Is there a place to store lunches?
We do not have lunch storage available.
Are chaperones required to stay with their group?
YES! We ask that 1 adult chaperone accompanies every 10 children/students. We ask that children/students stay with their group at all times.