Program Participants

Homeschool Programs

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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

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    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 2018 will begin on August 28 at 11:00am.

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

    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 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.


    • Forensics

      September 2018: Fantastic Forensics

      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! (beginning 8/28/18)

      Date option 1: Monday, September 24, 2018

        Morning Session
      9:30am - 12:00pm
      Afternoon Session
      1:00pm - 3:30pm
      Age Groups Offered Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 13-16
      Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 13-16
      Availability Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

      Date option 2: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

        Morning Session
      9:30am - 12:00pm
      Afternoon Session
      1:00pm - 3:30pm
      Age Groups Offered Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Availability Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

      Fee per participant: $38/members, $42/non-members

    • Weather

      October 2018: What Makes Weather?

      Another perfect day! Explore southern California’s sunny skies and discover the causes and effects of wind, rain, snow and more all over the world. It’s always a beautiful day for science in the Big Lab! 

      Enroll Online! (beginning 8/28/18)

      Date option 1: Monday, October 29, 2018

        Morning Session
      9:30am - 12:00pm
      Afternoon Session
      1:00pm - 3:30pm
      Age Groups Offered Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 13-16
      Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 13-16
      Availability Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

      Date option 2: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

        Morning Session
      9:30am - 12:00pm
      Afternoon Session
      1:00pm - 3:30pm
      Age Groups Offered Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Availability Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

      Fee per participant: $38/members, $42/non-members

    • LightandSound

      November 2018: 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! (beginning 8/28/18)

      Date option 1: Monday, November 26, 2018

        Morning Session
      9:30am - 12:00pm
      Afternoon Session
      1:00pm - 3:30pm
      Age Groups Offered Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 13-16
      Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 13-16
      Availability Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

      Date option 2: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

        Morning Session
      9:30am - 12:00pm
      Afternoon Session
      1:00pm - 3:30pm
      Age Groups Offered Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Age 5-6
      Age 7-8
      Age 9-10
      Age 11-12
      Availability Log in to the enrollment system to check real-time availability.

      Fee per participant: $38/members, $42/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 enrollment system beginning August 28, 2018 at 11:00am. 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, credit card or purchase order (see below for PO info) may download an Enrollment Request Form to submit via mail or fax beginning August 28, 2018. 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. Submitted enrollment requests will reserve space in the class for 10 days. If purchase order has not been received within 10 days, the enrollment request will be cancelled, and the space will be released.

    2018/19 Cost per class

    $42 for Non-Members
    $38 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 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 p.m. for the morning session and 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.

    Is parking included? 

    Each student's confirmation letter will include a 15 minute parking pass for drop-off and pick-up. 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 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 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.