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Media Contact:  Paula Wagner (213) 744-7446
March 16, 2004
Hands-On Science Camp is a Family Affair
Courses Give Families a Chance to Learn Together
at the California Science Center

Los Angeles – Moms and dads can explore the scientific wonders of the world along with their child in parent-child classes or spend a family weekend of camping, hiking, and biking in one of the family programs offered in this year’s Hands-On Science Camp at the California Science Center. The Science Camp program, which features 25 course offerings, begins June 21 and continues through August 13, 2004. The first of four special weekend camping programs begins May 29, 2004.

Hands-On Science Camp participants will have the distinction of being the first students to have classes take place in the newly completed Wallace Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation. The facility offers state-of-the-art themed classrooms and a 32,000 square-foot experiment platform known as “The Big Lab” where summer camp students will conduct ongoing science experiments in ecology, physics and more.

The course offerings feature something for every age group. Parent-child classes, the “Little Learner” program for pre-kindergarten children, focus on a scientific theme with exciting hands-on activities and crafts. Class titles include “Movin’ & Groovin’,” “Me, Myself and I,” and “Science Matters.” “Bug’s Life” teaches what its like to be an insect and ties in with “Rainforest Adventure: Bugs!” showing now through the summer at the Science Center’s IMAX Theater. The class fee of $145 covers one child and one parent or “big buddy” for a week-long half-day session.

This year’s Family Programs take advantage of summer holiday weekends. Spend Memorial Day or Labor Day in Montana de Oro State Park, Father’s Day in “condor country” in the Traverse Range, or the 4th of July at Sequoia National Monument. The outdoor adventures offer loads of activities that will create memorable experiences for the whole family. The cost is $110 for adults, $70 for children and includes meals.

There is a full slate of half- and full-day sessions for students in 1st through 8th grades. Highlights include “Mystery Solved!” where students will learn forensic science; “Living in Space” which addresses the problems in trying to create a livable world far from our planet; and “Masters of Science,” which explores the achievements of scientists such as Galileo and Newton and re-creates their classic experiments. The “Young Curator Institute” for high school students is a full-day two-week intensive program where participants will envision and build their own science exhibit. In addition to the courses, there is also an extended day program for 1st – 8th graders, as well as a lunch program for all-day campers.

Create a schedule to suit the family’s summer hours. Course fees vary depending on the activity. Science Center members receive a discount rate. Phone the Hands-on Science Camp Hotline at (213) 744-7440 for a free brochure, or visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org/camp for a complete list of course offerings and registration form.

Note to Editors: The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor 110 Freeway at 700 State Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to the exhibits is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, phone 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). IMAX ticket prices range from $4.50 to $7.50. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make free reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call 213.744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th Street at $6 per car, $10 for buses or oversized vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

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