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 2017.

  • 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 noon
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.

  • Get Galactic

    September 30, 2017: Get Galactic

    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.

    Enroll online today!

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

    *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

  • Human Body

    December 16, 2017: 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

    Age11-12: Bullfrog dissection

    Enroll online today!

    Age Group Morning Session
    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    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 online system beginning August 22, 2017.

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 22, 2017. 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, refunds and changes are permitted up to 30 days prior to program date. All refunds and changes will be charged a $5 processing fee per program. There are no refunds, credits, cancellations, or changes within 30 days prior to program 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