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Home School Programs

The California Science Center strives to provide home school 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!

Home School Days

Join us on select Mondays throughout the school year as home school 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.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registrations are due the Monday prior to the program date.

Please check back soon for Fall 2014 dates and topics.

Dates | Registration | Frequently Asked Questions

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 Home School Days!

See below for dates, topics and availability.

Programs have concluded for the 2013-2014 school year. Please check back in August 2014 for a new series of dates and topics! See below for examples of programs that were held this spring.

Age groups
Classes are offered for students based on age.
Age ranges are:
5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-16

Session times*
Morning: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
* The morning and afternoon sessions will be identical, unless noted below.

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Science of Sports

Take me out to the Big Lab! Students will catch calculations and throw around theories as they dive deep into the science behind their favorite sports. This action packed day is sure to be a home run, as students explore reaction times, homeostasis, equipment needs, and more!

Age Group Morning
9:30am - 12:00pm
Afternoon
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Age 5 - 6 closed closed
Age 7 - 8 closed closed
Age 9 - 10 closed closed
Age 11 - 12 closed closed
Age 13 - 16 closed closed

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EngineeringSample Program:
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!

Age Group Morning
9:30am - 12:00pm
Afternoon
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Age 5 - 6 closed closed
Age 7 - 8 closed closed
Age 9 - 10 closed closed
Age 11 - 12 closed closed
Age 13 - 16 closed closed

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ForensicsSample Program:
Forensic Science

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!

Age Group Morning
9:30am - 12:00pm
Afternoon
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Age 5 - 6 closed closed
Age 7 - 8 closed closed
Age 9 - 10 closed closed
Age 11 - 12 closed closed
Age 13 - 16 closed closed

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Registration

Please check back in August 2014 for registration forms and a new schedule of classes.

Cancellation Policy: All reservations are final. No refunds, credits, date changes, or age group changes will be processed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What ages are the programs appropriate for?
The program is designed for students ages 5-16. Groups are ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-16. If you feel your child should be in a higher or lower age group, please sign them up for the class you would like them to attend. Jumping up or down more than one age group is not recommended. 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 noon for the morning session and 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.

Is parking included?
Each student's confirmation letter will act as a 15 minute parking pass for pickup and dropoff. Unfortunately, full-day parking is not included in the cost of the program. Parking in Exposition Park is $10 per day. 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 McDonald's or Rose Garden Cafe.

Where do Home School 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 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.

Questions? Call (213) 744-7444 for more information, or email [email protected].