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 groups with disabilities, seniors, and all community members.


Guided Tours

Docent-led tours of the Space Center for all ages! Approximately two hours in length, guided tours include quality exploration time on two exhibits floors and in our Robotics Lab (Robotics Lab is limited to 2nd grade and older; children in 1st grade and younger participate in a hands-on activity).

Space is limited up to 120 participants per time slot.

Tours are offered Tuesday - Saturday.


Challenger Learning Center

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 journey of exploration and teamwork.

Limited to participants in 5th grade or older and group sizes of 16-34.

The CLC is offered Tuesday - Friday only.

Space is limited.  $25 deposit required to reserve your visit date.

Walk-ins are highly discouraged.


Guided Tour + CLC

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 participants in 5th grade or older and group sizes of 16-64.

This option is offered Tuesday - Friday only.

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, 9:30am - 2pm and must pass a background check.

We offer docents a series of training workshops covering 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 and talk about the Space Center.

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