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 for 2018 will begin on January 11, 2018 at 11:00am.

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

Upcoming Science Saturdays!

Age groups
Classes are offered for students based on the following age ranges:
5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12

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.


  • Water

    January 27, 2018: What's Up With Water

    Water, water, everywhere! About 70% of Earth’s surface is covered in water, and we desperately need it to survive. Dive into the importance of water, plunge into the water cycle, and dip into the many ways water improves our lives. Warning- You may get wet!

    Enroll today using our NEW online system!
    (New accounts must be created)

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age  5-6 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 7-8 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 9-10 CLOSED N/A
    Age 11-12 CLOSED N/A

    *Course availability is approximate, and may not reflect the most current information. Please login to the online enrollment system for real-time availability.

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

  • Chemistry

    February 24, 2018: 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 today using our NEW online system!
    (New accounts must be created)

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age  5-6 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 7-8 CLOSED CLOSED
    Age 9-10 CLOSED N/A
    Age 11-12 CLOSED N/A

    *Course availability is approximate, and may not reflect the most current information. Please login to the online enrollment system for real-time availability.

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

  • Engineering

    April 28, 2018: Exploring Engineering

    How do we strengthen structures to endure earthquakes? Or build bridges to last longer? Answer these questions and more while drafting new designs and perfecting problem solving skills. Students will draw on multiple sciences as they develop the skills to construct the future!

    Enroll today using our NEW online system!
    (New accounts must be created)

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Age  5-6 SOLD OUT-WAITLISTED SOLD OUT-WAITLISTED
    Age 7-8 SOLD OUT-WAITLISTED SOLD OUT-WAITLISTED
    Age 9-10 SOLD OUT-WAITLISTED N/A
    Age 11-12 ALMOST FULL N/A

    *Course availability is approximate, and may not reflect the most current information. Please login to the online enrollment system for 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 NEW online enrollment system beginning January 11, 2018. New accounts must be created for the new system. 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 January 11, 2018. Please DO NOT attempt to email this form.

2017/18 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 5-12. Groups are ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. 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 noon.

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 Trimana 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 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.