The California Science Center in Los Angeles is one of my favorite places to take my kids to learn about science in Southern California. From hands on science exhibits to vibrant IMAX movies to the Space Shuttle Endeavor, there is someone for everyone.
The California Science Center particularly strives to provide homeschool students with opportunities to explore science in fun and unique ways. The Center offers programs for both individual homeschool students and large groups alike.
On select days throughout the school year, the Center invites homeschool students to visit on Homeschool Days and explore a variety of science concepts. Each day the Center features age-appropriate activities that are held in their educational classrooms and the Big Lab.
Classes are offered for students based on the following age ranges: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-16. Sessions in the morning are from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and session in the afternoon are from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The price per session is $38 for members / $42 for non-members.
California Science Center Homeschool Classes
September 25 & 26: Get Galatic
Step outside our atmosphere and take a closer look at what makes up the universe! Travel through our solar system to explore planets and moons, hop aboard a comet to understand orbits, and journey into the depths of the Milky Way to discover the vast distances of space.
October 23 & 24: 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!
November 27 & 28: 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!
Each age group will participate in the following dissection activities:
- Age 5-6: Owl pellet dissection
- Age 7-8: Squid dissection
- Age 9-10: Sheep heart dissection
- Age 11-12: Bullfrog dissection
- Age 13-16: Fetal pig dissection
How To Register For A Homeschool Class
Pre-registration for all homeschool classes is required and space is limited. Enrollment for Fall 2017 is now open!
Parents wishing to pay by credit card or purchase order may use their online registration system. Those interested in paying by check, credit card or purchase order may also download an Enrollment Request Form and submit it via mail or fax.
Did you know that the California Science Center is also an approved vendor with some charter schools? However, you must obtain a purchase order prior to enrolling your child in any class. Please email purchase orders (from approved schools only) to HomeschoolPO@cscmail.org.
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.
Unfortunately, parking is not included in the cost of the program.
California Science Center Field Trip Program
Aside from their official Homeschool Days, the Center encourages school groups and home school organizations with 15 or more students to contact the Reservations department at 213-744-2019 or EducationPrograms@cscmail.org to schedule a field trip or book a program offered in the Big Lab.
The cost for a regular field trip to the California Science Center is $200 per lab for up to 15 students. Additional students are $10 each. A discount rate of $170 per lab for up to 15 students is available for field trips booked in August, September and October. Additional students are $10 each.
All programs must be scheduled at least one week in advance and require a $25 non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied to the cost of your program. Programs include admission to the California Science Center. Questions? Call (213) 744-2019 for more information, or email EducationPrograms@cscmail.org.
Big Lab Field Trips
Each Big Lab program can accommodate a class of up to 40 students, and lasts approximately 75 minutes.
- Ladybugs & Life Cycles (Grades Pre K-2)
- All About Air (Grades K-2)
- Boats & Balance (Grades 3-5)
- Erosion Lab (Grades 4-6)
- Roller Coaster Engineering Lab (Grades 4-8)
Discovery Lab Field Trips
Each Discovery Lab program takes place in a state-of-the-art lab classroom adjacent to the Big Lab, and can accommodate a class of up to 25 students. Discovery Lab programs last approximately 60 minutes.
- Ooey Gooey Slime Lab (Grades Pre K-2)
- Cow Eye Dissection (Grades 6-8)
I hope you have a wonderful school year!