Physics, Science & Math Days

Physics, Science & Math Days

Fridays - May 2, 9 & 16, 2014

The principles of physics come to life as California’s Great America offers special days where the amusement park is turned into the world’s largest classroom. Students can experience the laws of physics in motion and discover how math and science apply to amusement park excitement during Physics, Science, & Math Days at California’s Great America.

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Admission Only $27.00 per person  

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Physics, Science & Math Days FAQ

April 29, 2016
May 6,13 2016

  • Teachers are provided with a complimentary CD-ROM along with their advance purchased tickets.
  • The teacher-designated CD-ROM contains teacher guidelines, along with experiments for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. The CD-ROM offers teachers a choice of lessons from a beginner’s to an advanced level.
  • Teachers will assign students the activities of their choice based on subject matter and level of difficulty. Some activities require the student to ride on rides while others can be completed based on observation alone.
  • On the day of the event, teachers simply provide their students with photocopies of the activities they need to complete.
For sample curriculum visit (Sponsored by the CGA Physics, Science & Math Teacher Steering Committee.)
Although most of the materials have been developed for middle and high school students, an elementary curriculum is included on the Physics, Science & Math CD-ROM or the website, along with great learning opportunities in general science for all ages.
With every 15 tickets purchased, you receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Pass holder tickets do not count towards the one (1) complimentary ticket. Bus drivers are admitted free.
  • Park operating hours on Physics, Science and Math Days are 9:00am-5:00pm.
  • California’s Great America’s parking lot opens at 8:30am. Parking is FREE for buses, all other vehicles will be required to pay parking fees.
  • The All-You-Can-Eat Picnic Meal is served in our Picnic Pavilion from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The following menu items will be available: Jumbo All Beef Hot Dogs, Western Style Chili Beans, Potato Chips, Ice Cream Novelties, and Coca-Cola Soft Drinks.
  • California’s Great America will be open rain or shine. Some rides will operate in the rain, so students can still do experiments, plus participate in the special presentations. Students should dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Select rides, food locations, games, and merchandise areas will be open throughout the park for this event.
The preliminary list of rides scheduled to be in operation on Physics, Science, and Math Days include:

Flight Deck

Rue Le Dodge 

Star Tower

Psycho Mouse

Logger's Run


Rip Roaring Rapids

Carousel Columbia

Celebration Swings

Tiki Twirl

Drop Tower




The Orbit

HMB Endeavor



Flying Eagles

Whitewater Falls






(In the event of unforeseen circumstances, some rides may be closed and you should have alternate activities selected for your students.)
Enjoy the Teacher's Lounge from 9:00am-5:00pm in the Consulate at California’s Great America. You are able to meet members of the California's Great America Teacher Steering Committee while enjoying a quiet place to relax.
Roller Coaster Building Contest
Encourage your students to learn more about "real world" physics by entering the Roller Coaster Building Contest. Roller Coasters are judged on the following: technical merit, theme and creativity and most exciting to ride.

Mars Lander Contest
Groups attempt to win the contract from NASA for landing a rover vehicle safely on Mars. To win you must demonstrate the effectiveness of your design. The winning group will have the design that is successful in getting the vehicle safely on the ground in the proper orientation in the most economical manner. *Students may sign up to participate in this contest when they arrive to the park on the event date.

Trebuchet Contest

Each team will construct a trebuchet that can launch a mini marshmallow. All energy/forcegiven to the projectile must come from the trebuchet and not form the team members once the trebuchet is loaded. The energy source must be gravitational with no elastic energy used to propel the marshmallow. The team will be given three chances to launch their marshmallow the farthest. Their best score out of the three will be used to determine the winning trebuchets.

Cardboard Boat Race

We are encouraging schools to bring fearless students to build a boat out of cardboard in a short amount of time to see who can make it the farthest and the fastest! Twenty teams consisting of 4 members may sign up for the event. Please be aware that the team must pay a $20 Materials Fee to participate in the event.

*Participants must pre-register 3 weeks prior to visit date. For details and rules visit for more information.