Field Trips

Journey to THe Space Center!

The Columbia Memorial Space Center offers guided tours for students from pre-school to college levels, while also providing for scouts, groups with disabilities, and seniors.

Space is limited. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space.


GUIDED TOURS

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Schedule a docent-led tour of the Space Center! Approximately two hours in length, guided tours are appropriate for all ages and include quality exploration time on our two exhibits floors, an interactive STEM activity, and a programming lesson in our Robotics Lab.

Please note: The Robotics Lab is limited to 2nd graders and older; children in 1st grade and younger will participate in a separate activity.

  • Tours are limited to 120 max participants per time slot.

  • Tours are offered Tuesday - Saturday.

  • For groups of 15 people or more, admission fees are $3 per student and adults (1 free adult admission is offered for every 10 students).

  • For groups of 14 people or less, admission fees are $5 per person.

  • Available time slots:

    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER

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Return to the Moon or Voyage to Mars in our interactive space mission simulator! The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) is not just a field trip - it's a journey of exploration and teamwork.

  • Limited to group sizes of 16-34 participants per mission.

  • Participants must be in 5th grade or older.

  • Missions are offered Tuesday - Friday only.

  • Fees: $350.00 per mission

  • Available time slots:

    • 9:30am - 11:30am

    • 12:00pm - 2:00pm


GUIDED TOUR + CLC

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A full day of space exploration and inspiration! Groups can experience a guided tour plus the Challenger Learning Center all in one day. 

  • This option is limited to group sizes of 16-64.

  • Participants must be in 5th grade or older.

  • This option is offered Tuesday - Friday only.

  • $3 per partipant + $350.00 per mission

  • Available time slot:

    • 9:30am - 2:00pm


Schedule a Field Trip

Space is limited!  A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your visit date.

Walk-ins are highly discouraged.

Return completed forms to Reservations@DowneySpaceCenter.org

or mail to: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey CA 90241

Your group visit is NOT confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from us.


Become a Docent

 

Would you like to become a volunteer docent and lead school tours? Docents must be available at least one day a week, Tuesday - Friday, for two hours between 10am - 2pm. Docents must also pass a background check.

We offer docents ample time to shadow other docents while they train you on topics like robotics, engineering, and Downey’s aerospace history. Docents will also have many opportunities to tour with experienced docents until they feel confident and knowledgeable enough to lead students on their own.

Visit our Volunteer page and download a Volunteer Application to begin the process!