Erosion Big Lab

Science Saturdays

Dissection Program

Calling all scientists! Join us on select Saturdays throughout the year to explore a variety of science topics! Each day will feature age-appropriate activities held in our educational classrooms and the Big Lab. See below for dates, topics and availability.

Upcoming Science Saturdays
Enrollment Information
Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment is now open for Fall/Winter.

  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited. See Enrollment Information section below for additional details.
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Upcoming Science Saturdays!

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

Session times
Morning: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm 


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.


  • Earth Layers

    October 12, 2019: Earth Explorers

    Dig up some dirt on Earth science! With our world as their guide, students will unearth an understanding of geology, dive into the depths of oceanography, crack open the concepts of archaeology, and more. Dust off your rock hammer, and get to the core of the 4.6 billion year history of planet Earth!

    Enroll Online! (beginning 8/21 at 11am)

      Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 OPEN OPEN
    Age 7-8 OPEN OPEN
    Age 9-10 OPEN OPEN
      Availability listed above is approximate.
    Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

    Fee per participant: $43/members, $49/non-members

  • Human Body

    November 16, 2019: 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

    Enroll Online! (beginning 8/21 at 11am)

      Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 OPEN OPEN
    Age 7-8 OPEN OPEN
    Age 9-10 ALMOST FULL ALMOST FULL
      Availability listed above is approximate.
    Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

    Fee per participant: $43/members, $49/non-members

  • Chemistry

    January 25, 2020: 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 Online! (beginning 8/21 at 11am)

      Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age 5-6 OPEN OPEN
    Age 7-8 OPEN ALMOST FULL
    Age 9-10 OPEN OPEN
      Availability listed above is approximate.
    Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

    Fee per participant: $43/members, $49/non-members

Enrollment Information

Enroll Online

Parents wishing to pay by credit card are able to use the online enrollment system beginning August 21, 2019 at 11am. Please use a computer if possible, as the system has not been optimized for mobile devices.

Enroll by Mail/Fax

Parents wishing to pay by check or credit card may download an Enrollment Request Form to submit via mail or fax beginning August 21, 2019 at 11am. Please DO NOT attempt to email this form.

2019/20 Cost per class

$49 for Non-Members
$43 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 and changes are permitted up to 14 days prior to program start date. All refunds and changes for Homeschool Days, Scout Days, or Science Saturdays will be charged a $5 processing fee per program. There are no refunds, credits, cancellations, or changes within 14 days prior to program start date.

Frequently Asked Questions

For which ages are the programs appropriate?

The program is designed for children ages 5-10. Groups are ages 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Participants must be age 5 or older by the program date in order to participate

How many students can be accommodated?

Each class will hold approximately 22 students.

May I drop off my student? 

Yes! All participants must be checked in by a parent/guardian. After being checked in, students may be dropped off by their parent/guardian. They will need to be picked up by 12:00 p.m. for the morning session and 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.

How much is parking?

For parking information and costs, please visit the Directions, Parking and Transportation page. Parking is NOT included, and attendees are subject to daily parking fees.

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 restaurants.

Where do Science Saturdays 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 a 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.