InterActivity 2017 - Study Tours

Tuesday, May 2

A. California Science Center: Big Lab, Ecosystems Family Discovery Room, and the Space Shuttle Endeavour  SOLD OUT
12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; tickets are $35. Transportation is included.

The California Science Center’s (CSC) mission is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences. The CSC values science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, promoting accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives. Learn about its approach to school programming in the Big Lab, a space designed for inquiry-based science activities for school age children, and how it supports creativity and critical thinking. Explore the Ecosystems Family Discovery Room to see how the CSC engages their youngest visitors in fun science learning. Finally, stop by the Endeavor and hear how the center worked with the community to bring a unique experience to Los Angeles and what the future holds for this exhibit.

Wednesday, May 3

B. Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center
12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; tickets are $35. Transportation is included.

The Skirball Cultural Center will offer a behind-the-scenes, immersive experience of its award-winning destination for children and families, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. This 8,000-sq. ft. participatory exhibition for visitors of all ages was inspired by ancient flood narratives from around the world. Noah’s Ark is dedicated to the belief that by working together and weathering life’s storms as a diverse community, we can help build a more just society. Come and play on this study tour, turn wheels and pull ropes to create thunder and rain, work together to construct a giant wooden ark, and help care for hundreds of life-sized animals made from found and repurposed materials. Participants will join the Skirball’s Head of Noah’s Ark Nina Silver and Vice President of Education Sheri Bernstein for a facilitated gallery experience and Q & A discussion of such topics as how the exhibition was created, what keeps people coming back, the importance of storytelling, taking risks, and cultivating wonder that contribute to Noah’s Ark’s success.


C. Kidspace Children’s Museum

1:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; tickets are $35. Transportation is included.

Serving more than 320,000 guests each year, Kidspace Children’s Museum is a unique children’s museum that features exhibits, programs, and activities on almost three and a half acres of indoor and outdoor space. With more than 40 hands-on exhibits to explore, activities of learning and discovery take place side by side with the creativity of play. This study tour will begin with a presentation about the museum’s five-year Exhibit Master Plan, followed by a walk around the campus to see the plan’s end result first-hand. The tour provides the opportunity to see a written plan come alive: For example, The Galvin Physics Forest features 13 hands-on and interactive physics-related exhibits, all under a natural canopy of trees that are native to the area. The tour will also highlight the Arroyo Adventure garden experience, the Storyteller Studio inside the gallery, and the final piece of the Exhibit Master Plan.


Thursday, May 4

D. The Children’s Center at Caltech and Child Educational Center SOLD OUT
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; tickets are $35. Transportation is included.

For museums that host or partner with preschools, have outdoor spaces, or want to learn more about STEM in early childhood, this study tour is for you! At The Caltech Children’s Center, visit their outdoor STEM laboratory and hear how their emergent curriculum program incorporates STEM principles into the daily play of children. At the Child Educational Center, hear about how the Outdoor Classroom Project is transforming centers throughout California and tour the center to see how the outdoor environments support play and learning.


E. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory SOLD OUT
(tickets may not be resold)
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; tickets are $35. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory. 

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a unique US research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. JPL helped open the Space Age by developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and sending robotic missions to study all the planets in the solar system as well as asteroids, comets and Earth's moon. This 2 ½ hour tour includes a multimedia presentation on JPL, "Journey to the Planets and Beyond," which provides an overview of the Laboratory's activities and accomplishments, as well as entry to the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.