Dates through May 2017 are now available. After submitting your application, you'll receive a confirmation email from us within a week.
The Academy is proud to offer special, discounted rates for California-based groups serving youth. Share the news with your local science club, summer camp, youth program, or afterschool-care provider!
To be eligible for discounted Youth Group rates, your organization must:
- Be based in California
- Serve youth up to age 17 through an organization such as 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
Note: Groups of homeschoolers are also encouraged to apply for a Youth Group visit; the standard Chaperone Policy will apply.
Boy and Girl Scout groups are eligible for Group Rates.
Youth Group Ticket Prices
3 and Under: Free
Planetarium Seats: Free
Payment must be received prior to your visit. Additional tickets may be purchased on the date of your visit, but will be available only at general admission rates. Please note that cancelations must be made 30 days in advance of your visit to receive a full refund.
Planetarium shows are free, but advance reservations are required for youth groups and chaperones must attend.
The following show times are available for pre-booking by groups with children in grades 3-12:
- School Year, September–May
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Saturdays: 10:30 am and 1:30pm
- Summer Months, June–August
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 1:30 pm
Youth groups will begin entering the Planetarium dome 15 minutes prior to show time. Shows last 30 to 40 minutes, with content subject to change. Please refer to our show schedule to determine what will be playing on the day of your visit.
Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies.
Groups of 10 or more are eligible for significant discounts!
Helpful resources for planning your group's visit to the Academy.
The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by Genentech, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Google, Inc., the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.