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3, 2, 1 Blast Off!

1st & 2nd grades

Experience the thrill of building your own rocket prototypes! Explore distant planets and create your own mini solar system. Discover what it takes to launch your own air-powered rocket!

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

3D Animation

5th & 6th grades

Explore the science of 3D animation! You will learn all about animation principles and techniques, as well as how to create your own animated film. The final day will feature a film festival and premiere party for you to invite your own guests!

Week 1: June 10-149am – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219am – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289am – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129am – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199am – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269am – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29am – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99am – 3pmClosed
$330 members$360 non-members

All Cooked Up!

5th & 6th grades

Do you love science AND cooking? Add a pinch of chemistry and a dash of science in this fun culinary class. Learn about molecular gastronomy, the newest frontier in culinary arts and science. Watch food transform from typical to unexpected forms using scientific laboratory techniques. And don’t forget to eat your experiments!

Week 2: June 17-219am – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129am – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269am – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99am – 3pmClosed
$330 members$360 non-members

Big Lab Scientist

1st & 2nd grades

Let’s build it, race it, and fly it! Test the limits of your imagination when you have the whole Big Lab to work with. Drop melons from the MEGA Tower, sail boats across the Water Works pool, and launch a tennis ball over 100 feet in the air!

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Bio, Bio, Everywhere!

3rd & 4th grades

From the plants growing in your homes to the bacteria growing on your hands, you can find life everywhere on Earth! Explore the different branches of biology by dissecting a squid, looking at microorganisms, and making a terrarium. Grow your own cell culture to discover the microscopic organisms that surround us every day. Discover the secrets of life on your journey through the wonders of biology.

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Biolo-Gee Whiz

7th & 8th grades

What does your brain really look like? How does your circulatory system work? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more as you explore human anatomy. Delve into the medical industry and learn how various organs function by dissecting fetal pigs. By the end of the week, you will earn your M.D. certificate--Museum Doctor, that is!

Week 2: June 17-219am – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129am – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269am – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99am – 3pmClosed
$330 members$360 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Bountiful Biology

5th & 6th grades

BIOLOGY. It grows on you! Find out what organisms require to exist. Explore human and animal anatomy through animal dissections. Visit our Cell Theater to see how single-celled organisms survive and grow. See the world in a new perspective!

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Build It!

3rd & 4th grades

Put your engineering skills to the test as you use simple classroom materials to build mammoth structures, unique toys, and other crazy contraptions. Find out what it takes to be an engineer as you see the things you imagine appear!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Chaos

1st & 2nd grades

Chemistry is everywhere! Learn how chemicals react to make something new as you create cool, slimy, and bubbly reactions. Observe how pigments separate to create a burst of color. Chemistry is not just fun, it’s chaotic!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Connection

3rd & 4th grades

Ever wonder what would happen if you mix two substances together? Find out in this fun (if not exactly tidy!) class as you test various ingredients to create cool chemical reactions. You’ll even make your own tie-dye shirt! For the first time ever this year, we’ll be partnering with The Music Center’s education department to figure out what creative movement has to do with science!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Meltdown

5th & 6th grades

Watch science in action through a chemical reaction! Test different reactants to uncover how chemical reactions work. Discover the difference between a physical reaction and a chemical reaction. Get ready to get messy and have a chemical meltdown!

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Enchanted Engineering

1st & 2nd grades

Structures, circuits, and things that go. Build them all yourself. Let’s GO! Help some of your favorite fairy tale characters solve engineering challenges. Build a car that can go over a bridge after a troll broke it. Create, inspect, and test your structures to make sure they are strong enough to withstand the strongest winds.

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Fantastic Physics

3rd & 4th grades

Physics makes the world go around—literally. Learn its secrets using the Big Lab, where you will build and design roller coasters and sailboats. Drop objects from the three-story MEGA Tower to investigate gravity’s force. Energy and motion take center stage in this week of “phantastically phun” physics.

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Go for Launch!

3rd & 4th grades

Join us on a space adventure for a trip that’s out of this world! Join the space exploration team to conduct your own experiments and trajectory tests, and experience the fun of launching your own engine-powered rocket on the last day. For the first time ever this year, we’ll be partnering with The Music Center’s education department to figure out what creative movement has to do with science!”

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Insides Out

1st & 2nd grades

Stethoscopes...CHECK! Gloves...CHECK! Tools...READY! Discover how the whole body works together as one big team to keep you healthy. Explore the life processes that humans and animals must perform in order to survive. You will see yourself in a whole new way after turning your body's insides OUT!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Into Orbit

5th & 6th grades

Take a look at your home planet as you've never seen it before! Examine the Earth from orbit using real footage taken from space shuttle Endeavour. Discover how astronauts aboard the International Space Station eat, exercise, live in a weightless environment, and learn about Earth in outer space!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Journey to the Moon

3rd & 4th grades

Houston, we have a problem! Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions with us. Keep your eyes in the sky and find out how scientists sent people to the Moon. Probe the mysteries of meteors and measure craters. Build your own model of the Saturn V rocket that you get to take home.

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Me, Myself, and I

Pre-K

Look at yourself from the inside out. Take an adventure through your body and learn all about the parts that make you YOU! Become the subject as you investigate everything from your five senses to the sound of your own heart. You’ll get to visit Tess, our 50-foot body simulator, along with her cartoon pal, Walt!

Note: This is a parent-and-child class. One parent or guardian (18 years and older) is required to attend each day.

Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 2:30pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Rocket Lab

5th & 6th grades

It IS rocket science! Learn about the progression of space vehicles by exploring thrust, lift, drag, and gravity. Journey through the history of rocketry and see what types of rockets were used to send our astronauts to space. Then channel your inner rocket engineering skills and launch a rocket of your own design at the end of the week.

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Rockin' Robots

3rd & 4th grades

How does a robot work? What are some ways robots can help us? Roll your way into robotics and take an introductory course to answer these questions and much more. Make different kinds of robots that can lift, push, and even create artistic masterpieces. Dive into the world of coding and learn to code a robot that can recognize different colors and navigate its way through a maze.

Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Science Explorers

1st & 2nd grades

Discover the endless possibilities of science by conducting different experiments every day. Learn about the solar system, make a ball fly with air pressure, drop a parachute from our MEGA Tower, and see how animals adapt to their environment by visiting our Discovery Rooms. Let’s go on an adventure to explore science!

Week 1: June 10-149 – 11:30amClosed
Week 2: June 17-2112:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289 – 11:30amClosed
Week 4: July 8-1212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199 – 11:30amClosed
Week 6: July 22-2612:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29 – 11:30amClosed
Week 8: August 5-912:30 – 3pmClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Science Stew

1st & 2nd grades

Get your mixing bowls and oven mitts ready for some culinary creations! Science takes center stage as you discover the connections between cooking and chemistry. Learn about your sense of taste while creating dishes designed to make those taste buds go crazy!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Seas the Day

7th & 8th grades

Whale hello there! With so much of our world covered in water, join us on an adventure to explore the life inside it. Come on this marine biology tour and learn the efforts that scientists are making to keep our oceans healthy. Experiment with water quality testing, dissect marine animals, and work with our living collections team to help us take care of our animals in the kelp forest.

Week 1: June 10-149am – 3pmClosed
Week 3: June 24-289am – 3pmClosed
Week 5: July 15-199am – 3pmClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 29am – 3pmClosed
$330 members$360 non-members

Survival Science

3rd & 4th grades

Imagine this--you’re stranded in the wilderness with no food and water. Where will you sleep? What will you eat? How will you live? Learn fun practical skills to survive, whether you find yourself in the cold, barren forest or on a tropical deserted island! Filter your own water and learn how to build the best shelter.

Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Surviving the Red Planet

7th & 8th grades

Calling all scientists! Delve into the world of design and be part of a team that lands a rover on an uncharted planet. Plan and execute a mission to Mars. Explore the problems faced by NASA scientists and astronauts trying to create a livable world far from our planet. Discover the similarities and differences between Mars and Earth. This class was created in conjunction with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Week 2: June 17-219am – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129am – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269am – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99am – 3pmClosed
$330 members$360 non-members

Wizard Science

1st & 2nd grades

Is it magic or science? You don’t have to take a mysterious train to find out in this wizard academy. Investigate the science behind growing beasts, disappearing water and much more. Amaze your family and friends in a magic show on the last day of class!

Week 1: June 10-1412:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 2: June 17-219 – 11:30amClosed
Week 3: June 24-2812:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 4: July 8-129 – 11:30amClosed
Week 5: July 15-1912:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 6: July 22-269 – 11:30amClosed
Week 7: July 29-August 212:30 – 3pmClosed
Week 8: August 5-99 – 11:30amClosed
$165 members$180 non-members

Working in Space

7th & 8th grades

Find out what it takes to live and work in space! Dive deep into weightlessness and carry out a mission underwater in the Expo Center diving pool to learn how astronauts train. Find out about different methods to study objects in space and the cost involved with space exploration. This class is taught by California Science Center curators and educators.  

*This class may require a physician’s signature to have the students participate in an underwater diving experience.

Week 6: July 22-269am – 3pmClosed
$330 members$360 non-members