Parent Information

Enrollment Information

Confirmation Letter

A confirmation letter will be e-mailed to you within 2-3 business days of receiving your completed enrollment and payment. A parking pass will be provided with your confirmation letter. The parking pass will allow you free parking for 15 minutes during pick-up and drop-off. If you would like to request a confirmation letter via postal mail, or if you did not receive one, email your request to or please call (213) 744-7444.


A limited number of scholarships are available to qualifying families. For more information about eligibility, or to make a contribution to the camp scholarship fund, please call (213) 744-7444.

Extended Care

Campers taking a full-day class or both morning and afternoon classes can sign up for the Extended Day Program. This program allows you to drop off your camper at 8 am (one hour before class begins) and pick them up at 5 pm (two hours after class ends). For more information please refer to page 15 of the Hands-On Science Camp catalog.

How do I create a full-day program if my grade level only offers half-day courses?

Two half-day programs can be combined to create a full-day. A supervised lunch period is included when enrolling for a morning and afternoon class. Lunch will not be provided by the California Science Center Foundation. Campers must bring their own lunch for all day classes. Snacks and water are recommended. Please refer to the Course Calendar on page 14 of the Hands-On Science Camp catalog for more information.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are permitted up to 14 days prior to the start of your camper's session. A $25 processing fee will be subtracted from the refund. No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations in the two weeks prior to the start of your Camp session. In the event that a class is cancelled by the California Science Center Foundation, we will make arrangements for your child to enroll in another class or refund your money.

Change Policy

Class changes must be made 14 days in advance.  A $25 processing fee will be charged for each change made to your reservation(s). There is no guarantee that space will be available in another class and no cash refunds or credits will be given after the 14-day cutoff.

Day-of Camp Information

First Day of Camp

On the first day of camp, parents, guardians, or authorized adults will need to walk camper(s) to the Big Lab inside the Wallis Annenberg Building. Parents, guardians,  or authorized adults will need to check in with Camp Instructors and confirm correct name spelling, emergency phone numbers, health history, and authorized adults for pickup.


Please leave your parking pass on your dashboard each day of class. It will allow you free 15-minute parking for pickup and drop-off.  Parents wishing to stay on site must pay a $12 daily parking fee. Pre-K parents or “big buddies” are required to participate in the class, and special parking instructions will be provided in the confirmation letter.

Drop-off and Pick-up

On MONDAY mornings, parents/guardians must PARK in the main parking lot and walk to the Wallis Annenberg Building to check in their camper(s). For a map of the grounds, go to TUESDAY - FRIDAY, parents/guardians must DROP OFF their camper(s) under the United airplane off FIGUEROA BLVD. and STATE DR. Parents/Guardians arriving late must park in the main parking structure and walk their camper into the Wallis Annenberg Building.

Pick-up: Camper(s) must be picked-up at the end of the program each day. PARK in the main parking structure and walk to pick- up camper(s) on the steps of the Wallis Annenberg Building. To ensure the safety of campers, we require that all students be dismissed by the instructor only to parents, guardians, or authorized adults. Campers will not be allowed to meet parents outside of the pickup area. Extended day campers are to be picked up under the United airplane by 5 pm. If a camper is not picked up on time, the parent or legal guardian of that camper will be subject to a fee of $25 for each day that he/she is late.

Snacks and Lunch

Lunch will not be provided by the California Science Center Foundation. Campers must bring their own lunches for full-day classes. Snacks and water are recommended. Campers will not be allowed to purchase lunch in or around the Science Center. During lunch time, campers will be supervised by Camp staff, and then taken to their next class. Parents do not need to pick up their camper for lunch if their camper is attending camp for a full day. 

Summer Camp Rules

In order to ensure a safe and fun environment for each camper, we ask that you read through the following camp rules with your camper. The rules are designed to guarantee the positive learning experience and environment that every camper deserves.

Please be respectful of other campers and staff. All campers and staff deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. No verbal or physical abuse will be allowed (examples: fighting, name-calling, and making fun of other campers). The Hands- On Science Camp staff are there to reinforce the safety and fun of each camper by ensuring the rules are followed.