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.

Enrollment for Fall 2016 is now open.

  • 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.


  • LightandSound

    September 2016: 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.

    Enroll online today!

    Date option 1: Monday, September 19, 2016

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

    Date option 2: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

  • Forensics

    October 2016: Forensic Science

    Crime Scene - Do Not Enter! Something has gone missing at the California Science Center, and we need your help to solve the case! Students will conduct investigations using forensic science techniques like fingerprinting, DNA analysis, and more while they search for the thief. Who's the culprit? Find out in this mysteriously scientific day of investigation!

    Enroll online today!

    Date option 1: Monday, October 17, 2016

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

    Date option 2: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    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 ALMOST FULL SOLD OUT-WAITLIST
    Age 11-12 ALMOST FULL OPEN
    Age 13-16 N/A N/A

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

  • Summer Camp Girl with Airplane

    November 2016: 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!

    Enroll online today!

    Date option 1: Monday, November 14, 2016

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

    Date option 2: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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

Parents wishing to pay by credit card or purchase order (see below for PO info) are able to use the online system beginning August 17, 2016.

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 beginning August 17, 2016. 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.

2016 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 drop-off and pick-up. Unfortunately, full-day parking is not included in the cost of the program. For full-day parking costs, please visit the Directions, Parking and Transportation page. 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.

Are Homeschool Days a direct substitute for science curriculum and/or content?

Each program's age appropriate activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning through hands-on, student driven labs and activities. While not directly linked to state science standards, these experience based learning opportunities provide students with valuable tools for understanding our world, as well as a stronger knowledge base in the day's highlighted science topic.

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.