Early Childhood Exhibit Hall

Now Open on Level 2

New KidsTown is taking over the second floor! That’s right, the family-favorite exhibit designed for infant to seven-year-old children to enjoy is growing, and at 11,000 square feet, it will be nearly three times the size of the current exhibit on Level 1! It will feature seven dynamic zones with skill-based activities that encourage children to invent and create, build and test, spark their innate curiosity, make exciting discoveries and empower them to author their own experience – which is an elaborate way of saying we let them PLAY TO LEARN!

This $5 million project opened to the general public in late October 2016. It signals the completion of the first phase of the $30 million Unlock Science Campaign, a multi-year/multi-phase effort to renovate all the exhibits and expand resources at the Science Center.

Classic favorites like the art and water tables, as well as the iconic orange grove will return but with grandeur and a facelift. For example, the water play area is nearly five times the size of the current table and the beloved Orange Grove grows even more exciting with the addition of a factory and farmer’s market that teach our little learners the process of how oranges move from tree to table.

New custom-built experiences are designed for maximum entertainment and education! Young families will enjoy a high-quality and immersive experience that invites joyful hands-on creative play that is so important to the cognitive development of our children. Fun abounds for even the littlest scientists in this pint-sized town that introduces science concepts through whole-body experiences, hands-on interactives and opportunities for imaginative role-playing.

 

New KidsTown – New Experiences

Enjoy seven all new, one-of-a-kind zones!

  • Orange Grove Presented by: Dr. Phillips Charities
  • Isaacs Family ClimbTime
  • Drip Drop Splash Presented by: James M. Cox Foundation
  • Toddler Town Presented by: Community Based Care of Central Florida
  • Explore It Presented by: Publix Super Markets Charities
  • KidsTown Studio Presented by: Florida Hospital for Children
  • Harriett’s KidsTown Theatre

New activities are designed to build 21st Century Learning skills such as creativity, invention, collaboration and problem solving. These skills are a crucial foundation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning and provide a vital role in developing future generations of creative problem solvers.

 

Age Recommender

To get some suggestions about the best exhibits for each age/grade click here.

 

7 All New, Hands-On Zones!

 

New KidsTown_Drip Drop Splash Presented by James M. Cox Foundation

 

New KidsTown_Explore It Presented by Publix Super Markets Charities

 

New KidsTown_Harriett's KidsTown Theater

 

New KidsTown_Isaacs Family ClimbTime
New KidsTown_KidsTown Studio Presented by Florida Hospital for Children

 

New KidsTown_Orange Grove Presented by Dr. Phillips Charities

 

New KidsTown_ToddlerTown Presented by Community Based Care of Central Florida

 


Thank You to Our Generous Donors

$1,000,000 and Up

Florida Hospital for Children

$500,000 – $999,999

City of Orlando • Dr. Phillips Charities • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs • Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs •  The Isaacs Family

$100,000 – $499,999

Community Based Care of Central Florida • Harriett’s Charitable Trust • Event Network • Margret A. Cargill Foundation • PNC Bank • Publix Supermarket Charities • The James M. Cox Foundation • The Martin Andersen – Gracia Andersen Foundation

$25,000 – $99,999

Art and Phyllis Grindle Foundation • Lucy DiPasqua • Finfrock • Virginia and Robert Finfrock • Dennis and Karen Lind • BG Stephen M. Seay, USA (Ret) and Seay Business Solutions, LLC • Paula Stuart •  The Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, Inc. • The Hearst Foundations • Keri and Luke Widmer

$10,000 – $24,999

A. Friends’ Foundation • Aland Family •  Jeff and Faith Buhler • Michel and Lisa Champagne • Sue and Jim Cross •  Catriona and Mike Harris •  Samual and Heather Miller • JoAnn and Rich Newman • William J. Slot, Jr. • Scott H. Wilson • Ying Family Foundation • Dennis Nolte and Rebecca York

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