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The Big Lab

Enhance your visit with a Hands-On Experience

The Big Lab is no ordinary laboratory...

RampsWith 32,000 square feet of wide-open space and giant customized activities, students will conduct enormous investigations, make huge discoveries, and have massive amounts of FUN through inquiry and exploration!

Now accepting registrations for the 2014-15 school year.

Discounted rates available for field trip visits in August, September, and October 2014!


The Big Lab is a totally unique space designed for rich, hands-on inquiry science activities. In the Big Lab, students get to roll up their sleeves and experience custom learning materials at one of the four Experiment Platforms. All activities are facilitated and emphasize student creativity and science investigation skills. Big Lab and Discovery Lab programs support California State Science Education Standards.

Big Lab Field Trip Programs

Each Big Lab field trip activity can accommodate a class of up to 40 students and lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Where's the Air (Grades K-2)
Ladybugs (Grades K-2)
Boats and Balance (Grades 3-5)
Erosion (Grades 4-6)
Roller Coasters (Grades 5-8)

Discovery Lab Field Trip Programs

Discovery Lab field trip programs take place in classrooms next to the Big Lab, and can accommodate a class of up to 25 students. Discovery Lab programs last approximately 60 minutes.

Why Is Slime Ooey and Gooey? (Grades Pre K-Kindergarten)
How Do Butterflies Get Their Wings? (Grades Pre K-Kindergarten)
Cow Eye Dissection (Grades 6-8)

Field Trip Registration

Call 213-744-2019 or visit the Registration Information page for details about booking a program. All programs must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

$9 per student, minimum of 15 students

Visits in August, September, and October 2014:
$7.25 per student- Discounted Rate!

All programs require a $25 non-refundable deposit to confirm your scheduled date and time. 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 [email protected].

Additional Programs Offered in the Big Lab!

Click the images below for more information on special programming dates.

Home School Days Scout Days


The Platforms of the Big Lab

Click on any part of the picture to learn about that area.

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