Youth Group Eligibility
To be eligible for Youth Group rates, your organization must:
- Be based in California
- Serve youth up to age 17, such as through a club, youth group, camp session, or afterschool/weekend program
- Provide at least 1 adult chaperone for every 8 minors
- Purchase admission for a group of 10 or more people via one pre-paid reservation
Be sure to read the information below before submitting the online application form for your youth group.
Summer camp programs wishing to arrange field trips for multiple weeks in a row must submit an application for each visit date. By default, we will reserve a group of your stated headcount for your top choice date only.
Note that while Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are ineligible for the CA Youth Group rate, discounted admission and special opportunities are available to Scout troops through Group Tickets.
Admission Rates and Payment
Youth Group Ticket Prices
- Adults: $16.95
- Youth: $16.95
- 3 & Under: FREE
- Planetarium Seats: FREE
Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to your visit. Additional tickets may be purchased on the date of your visit, but will be done so at general admission rates. Note that cancellations must be made 30 days in advance of your visit to receive a full refund.
Plan a Visit
Youth groups may apply for a visit on most weekdays and weekends excluding holidays and free days. Times are available for both morning and afternoon entry. Note that seats in a Planetarium show can be reserved for youth groups for all days except Sunday, assuming age-appropriateness for your group.
Be sure to read through the
for details on arriving at the museum, eating lunch, and finding other helpful services at the Academy. Share our expectations with both chaperones and youth attending the visit.
For more information about museum hours, directions, and parking, visit http://www.calacademy.org/visit/.
Activities & Resources
Rest assured that there is plenty to do at the Academy with your group!
Most activities require no reservations:
Reserved Planetarium Seats
Planetarium shows are free, but advance reservations are required for youth groups, and chaperones must attend. Note that children must be at least age 7 to visit the Planetarium, and that some shows are grade-appropriate.
Digital recreation of the 1906 earthquake (Academy Visualization Studio)
• Sept–May: Monday–Friday: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm,
• Sept–May: Saturday: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm,
• June–August: Sunday–Friday: 11:15 am and 1:30 pm,
• June–August: Saturday: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm,
Limited seating is available for the public show of our current production, but advance reservations are required. Note that shows are designed for and shown to general visitors on the day of your field trip, and are not tailored for youth groups.
Youth groups will begin entering the Planetarium dome 15 minutes prior to show time. Shows last 30-40 minutes, with content subject to change. Refer to the Event Calendar for the show schedule.
Check the Event Calendar
Other Group Options
Not eligible for Youth Group rates? Check out some other group options:
- California-based school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12 may apply here for a visit at heavily discounted field trip rates.
- Tour groups of less than 10 individuals may book Academy Tours by calling 888-670-4433 or purchasing tickets online.
Field Trip 101
Prepare your group for a successful visit by watching this video. Learn about the bus drop-zone, building navigation, and important Academy guidelines.