Hands-On Science Camp

Enrollment now OPEN for Summer 2021!

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Get ready for summer...
Virtual camp is back!

The California Science Center has been home to exciting explorations, delightful discoveries and wild wonders for students throughout greater Los Angeles for generations. Last year, we debuted Virtual Camp, and now we are excited to continue the science learning – from our lab to your home!

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Engaging explorations for PreK - 8th grade

Learn more about Virtual Camp 2021
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What to expect...

  • Weeklong classes meet virtually for 90 minutes per day
  • Hands-on activities delivered right to your door*
  • Instructors are trained educators who hold degrees in science and/or education
  • Small class sizes allow children to connect with fellow campers and instructors
  • Interactive virtual tours of exhibits, live demonstrations, and exclusive question and answer sessions with our on-site scientists and animal care staff!

Classes cost $135 for Members and $150 for Non-members.*
A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship application details coming soon.


* Supply kit delivery requires additional $20 delivery fee. Curbside pickup also available at no added cost. International shipping is not available. See details.

Become a Member today and enjoy special savings and early registration.

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Explore camp themes and exciting class options

THEME #1: STEM-Park

The fun’s just starting at STEM-Park—where all you need is some imagination and creativity! Design and build wild rides and attractions while exploring the thrilling world of STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Roller coasters, magnetic swings, and much more await your magic touch.

All STEM-Park classes will use the following schedule:
Week 1:
 June 21-25 at 9:00 a.m. | Week 2: June 28‑July 2 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 3: July 12‑16 at 9:00 a.m. | Week 4: July 19‑23 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 5: July 26‑30 at 9:00 a.m. | Week 6: August 2‑6 at 1:30 p.m.

Astro Land
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Welcome to Astro Land, where out-of-this-world ideas and engineering come together. Turn on your imagination and creativity as you transform magnets, bouncy balls, straws and wacky materials into intergalactic attractions. Get ready to launch astronauts, orbit the sun and build rides to reach the stars. The sky is not the limit at Astro Land—it’s just the beginning!

Science Adventureland
3rd - 5th grade

Science Adventureland is up for construction, and you get to be the scientist and engineer behind it all. We are looking for chemists, physicists and biologists to put a STEM spin on fun attractions. Can you build a loopy coaster, a parabola swing and a Ferris wheel? Come spend your week at Science Adventureland, the "science-iest" place on Earth!

Extreme Park
6th - 8th grade

Extreme Park needs you to take its attractions to the extreme! Stretch your ingenuity to the max while working with batteries, hydraulics, magnets and more. Push your rides to the limits by making them bigger, faster, steeper, and more extreme. It's going to be an awesome week of engineering.

Check availability and enroll online!

Member pre-sale begins March 29*
General enrollment opens April 5*
Scholarship applications available April 5*
*Dates subject to change without notice. Check back for most current information.

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THEME #2: Exploratory Laboratory

Calling all scientists! Welcome to our virtual  L.A.B., where we will begin our Learning-Adventure-Bonanza! Turn your questions into answers as you conduct experiments to explore all the sciences you love in one place. Dive into the world of biology, react with chemistry, zoom with physics, wonder with aerospace, and unlock secrets in Earth science.

Pre-K Schedule:
Week 2:
 June 28‑July 2 at 9:00 a.m. | Week 3: July 12‑15 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 5: July 26‑30 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 6: August 2‑6 at 9:00 a.m.

Little Scientist Lab
Pre-K (Big Buddy and Little Buddy*)

From the kitchen to the laboratory, science happens all around us! Learn about the tools, safety rules, and experiments that scientists carry out. Grab your big buddy and join us virtually as we lead activities from our lab to your lab at home.

* This course requires each “little buddy” (aged 3 – 5) to be accompanied by a “big buddy” 18 years or older.

All other Exploratory Laboratory classes will use the following schedule:
Week 1:
 June 21‑25 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 2: June 28‑July 2 at 9:00 a.m. | Week 3: July 12‑16 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 4: July 19‑23 at 9:00 a.m. | Week 5: July 26‑30 at 1:30 p.m. | Week 6: August 2‑6 at 9:00 a.m.

Junior Scientist Lab
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Everyone is a scientist! Step into this lab adventure to make wonderful science discoveries through hands-on experiments. Add a dash of chemistry, a pinch of biology, mix in some Earth science and more to see the world like a scientist does.

Scientist Lab
3rd - 5th grade

Observe, experiment, investigate! Put your problem-solving skills to the test to see which solutions work the best. Explore with all different kinds of sciences, including chemistry, biology, physics and Earth science. ​Sign up now to begin the courageous journey to making your own scientific discoveries.

Expert Scientist Lab
6th - 8th grade

Quench your thirst for more science by stepping into our expert lab. You will research, design investigations, and test different science principles through a week full of experiments and fun lab days. Join us on an expedition to surprising scientific breakthroughs.

Check availability and enroll online!

Member pre-sale begins March 29*
General enrollment opens April 5*
Scholarship applications available April 5*
*Dates subject to change without notice. Check back for most current information.

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Camp Kits Delivery Information

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Each camp enrollment includes a materials kit with all supplies necessary for virtual camp. Camp Kits are available for shipping, as well as curbside pickup at the California Science Center.

Curbside Pickup Option

By choosing this option, you will be responsible for picking up your materials prior to the first day of your camp session. Curbside pickup will only be available from 10 am-12 pm on the Thursday and Friday before the start of your camp session. No exceptions will be made.

Shipping Option

By choosing this option, you agree to pay a $20 shipping fee per kit to have it delivered to your home. International Shipping is not available. Registrations must be processed 10 days prior to the start of your camp session to ensure on-time delivery. If you do not receive your kit(s) prior to the start date of your session, contact us at 213-744-7444.

What parents are saying about Virtual Science Camp...

I was initially skeptical about a virtual camp for my six year old, but these two weeks that we participated were absolutely fantastic! The teachers were so engaging and knowledgeable and were able to use the Zoom technology so efficiently. This has been the best virtual learning experience we have had! Absolutely phenomenal experience! Thank you!

Parent (2020 Virtual Camp)

Thank you, thank you for all of the hard work that went into creating these camps! My son can't get enough of science/engineering activities, and it was fun to provide him with new activities that he could do while getting some social interaction in a safe way. Thank you!

Parent (2020 Virtual Camp)