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Science & Space Centers

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Downey – Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also features the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area. Read More

California Science Center

Los Angeles – Explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Free admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special ticketed exhibitions). Read More

Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles

Santa Ana & Los Angeles – The Discovery Cube is filled with hands-on science exhibits and STEM activities in themed areas such as, Boeing Rocket Lab, Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Inspector Training Course, Healthy Kitchen, Aerial Helicopter Tours and lots more. Read More

Garvey Ranch Park Observatory

Los Angeles – The observatory houses an 8 inch refractor telescope that is available for public viewing. Open every Wednesday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Read More

Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles – Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Telescopes are free to the public every day and night the building is open and the sky is clear. Admission to the building and grounds is free. Read More

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena – JPL is a research and development lab federally funded by NASA and managed by Caltech. Visitor Day Tours are offered for individuals and families of 10 people or fewer. Read More

Mount Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson – Home to two of the world’s largest telescopes available for public use. Public tours are available on weekends where visitors are able to enter the area directly beneath the 100-inch telescope and entrance into the 60-inch dome. Read More

Mt. SAC – Randall Planetarium

WALNUT – Visit the planetarium for family-friendly events and new shows each month exploring the fascinating cosmos. Free telescope viewing is also available once a month. Read More

Orange Coast College Planetarium

Costa Mesa – OCC Planetarium exhibits include a Foucault Pendulum providing a visual demonstration of the rotation of the earth, Science on a Sphere, Space Rocks! Meteorites, and the Dome Theatre. Read More

Palomar Observatory

Palomar Mountain – Public, guided tours of the Hale Telescope are available, plus a Visitor Center and the Visitors Gallery. Read More

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego – One of the world’s premier air and space-themed science centers and museum with more than 120 aircraft and space vehicles and two million artifacts on display. Camps, workshops, preschool programs, and Pilot Ground School are offered. Read More

UCLA Planetarium

Los Angeles – Planetarium shows are free and are given by astronomy graduate students. Shows include discussion about the night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more. Read More