Un-Poppable Bubble Recipe

While blowing bubbles may be every child’s favorite activity, scientists actually study the science behind bubbles every day. Bubbles provide the opportunity to research science concepts such as elasticity, chemistry, light and even geometry!

 

If you’ve ever wondered why bubbles pop, you’re not alone. Other than being poked or landing on something sharp, bubbles pop when the water between the soap film surfaces evaporates. So if you’re blowing bubbles in Florida weather, they may pop quicker than if you were blowing them on a crisp winter day.

 

However, our bubble experts at Orlando Science Center have put together an at-home activity using chemistry to create an un-poppable bubble!

 

Ingredients:

  • A clean glass cup
  • 8 oz of distilled water – Minerals and particulate in normal tap water can hamper the making of larger bubbles, but it can still work if you don’t have distilled.
  • One tablespoon of dish soap – Any type is fine!
  • 0.5 Tablespoon glycerin –  This is what strengthens your bubbles!

 

Steps:

  • Step 1 – Stir all of your ingredients together in the glass cup.
  • Step 2 – Wait! Let the bubble solution sit for 24 hours.
    • Why is time so important? It allows the glycerin to fully mix together with the other ingredients. The glycerin is important for keeping the water from evaporating from your bubble and prematurely popping it.
  • Step 3 – Once your bubble solution is done sitting, put on some gloves and attempt to bounce your bubbles in the palm of your hand!

Try This At Home: DIY Slime

Our staff concocted the slimiest slime recipe for you to try at home! 

Materials & Measurements:

  • About 25 mL of glue, white or clear (about 5 teaspoons)

  • 25 mL of liquid starch

  • 25 mL of water

  • 3 drops of food coloring, any color you like

  • Bowl and spoon
  • Borax solution (optional) – Add two teaspoons of borax to one cup of warm water. Stir until completely dissolved.

Procedure:

  1. Add glue, food coloring, liquid starch, & water to your bowl.

  2. Stir really well! This is the most important step.

  3. Add borax solution if you want a slime that’s less sticky. Add a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. Don’t forget to stir!

  4. Drain off any extra water.

  5. Want to get extra creative? Add some glitter or scent!

  6. Play with your slime on a clean, smooth surface in an area without carpet! Store your slime in an airtight container.

DIY Rock Candy

While rock candy may be a tasty treat, the chemistry behind this candy makes for a great at-home experiment to do with children! Follow these directions to create your very own rock candy. All you’ll need are a few household items to become a chemist without leaving your kitchen! Recommended age range: 5+

 

Materials:

  • Five cups sugar
  • Two cups water
  • Two clean 16 oz jars
  • Food coloring
  • Flavoring extract
  • Stirring spoon
  • Medium sized pot
  • Stovetop
  • Two bamboo skewers
  • Four clothes pins
  • Measuring cups

Make a prediction! You’ll come back to this experiment each day for a week to check on your rock candy! What changes do you expect to see on the first day? How about the second day? What do you think your experiment will look like at the end?

 

Write down or draw your predictions and compare them to what you see during this experiment!

 


 

Step 1:  

  • Cut the skewers to the length of the jars. Wet them with water, leaving 1 ½ inches dry on one end of each skewer. Spoon sugar onto the damp skewers, rotating to coat evenly and then set aside to dry thoroughly.

Step 2-4:

  • Pour two cups of water into a pot. Place the pot on the stove and turn the burner to medium / high heat.
  • Slowly begin to pour five cups of sugar into the water and stir continuously until dissolved. Once most of the sugar has been added, the mixture will become thicker and cloudy as the sugar breaks down
  • Once the mixture comes to a steady simmer / low boil, add in 2-3 drops of any desired flavoring (orange, pineapple, grape etc.) as well as 2-3 drops of food coloring and wait for the mixture to come to a low boil once more before removing from the heat. 

Step 5 & 6:

  • Let the rock candy mixture cool down in the pot before pouring it into the two mason jars. Help the process along by placing the jars in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  • Once the mixture is completely cool, place a dry sugary skewer into the center of the mixture with the 1 ½ inch uncoated end sticking out. Use a clothes pin to secure the skewer in place and rest the edges of the clothes pin along the top of the jar, keeping the skewer in the center of the liquid

Step 7:

  • Leave the jars on a counter top with a paper towel draped over the clothes pins and check on your rock candy creations each day for one week. You should notice crystals forming after just one day!

After the experiment, think deeper about the reactions you saw! Ask questions like:

  • What did you notice as you observed your experiment each day? What changes did you see?
  • Did anything in your experiment surprise you?
  • How long did it take to see crystals forming? Keep a log book or photo journal to keep track!
  • What would happen if you added more/less sugar to the mixture? Do the experiment again to find out!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

Update: March 20, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are living through some very challenging days. Circumstances have escalated quickly while other things feel like they’re happening in slow motion. It’s very surreal to look outside and observe these gorgeous spring days while the world is going through such a tumultuous storm of events.

 

As you may know, Orlando Science Center has closed its doors to the public as a precaution in the interests of public health. We are doing what we can to support our community and I know you are doing what is needed to keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

It feels odd to see the Science Center empty right now. We are so used to families playing and learning, school buses lining the driveway, and inquisitive people of all ages enjoying those “aha” moments. This loud, busy wonderful place is very, very quiet. But it will be loud again soon.

 

For now, we are closed until it is safe to be open. When that moment comes, please know we will be here for you. We have been in this community since 1955 and we aren’t going anywhere. My team is spending this time preparing for when we can see each other again to make sure we provide you with the high quality, hands-on experiences you deserve and expect from us.

 

Even though the public can’t visit us physically, I encourage you to stay connected with us via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and our website. Every day, we are sharing posts to engage with you and your loved ones while you’re at home. We are producing content and recommending activities from peer museums and trusted sources for you to enjoy. And some posts are just fun facts or photos of our animal ambassadors to provide a happy break from current events.

 

Orlando Science Center is more than just a building in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. It is a community of passionate individuals dedicated to inspiring science learning for life. And that includes all of us, from our amazing OSC team to our members, donors, trustees, partners and volunteers, to each of you, your loved ones and our entire community of students, teachers, families and individuals. Together, we explore and share how science can unlock our potential, solve some of our most complex problems and create endless possibilities for knowledge, success and hope. Thank you so much for your continued trust and support.

 

Be strong. Be safe. We will see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO


Update: March 13, 9:00 p.m.

Orlando Science Center will be closed March 16-29, Re-opening on March 30

Orlando Science Center has been closely monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) through news reports and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).

 

In the interest of public health, we have decided to be closed to the public, beginning Monday, March 16. Orlando Science Center will re-open on Monday, March 30.

 

Spring Break camps and STEM preschool are suspended, effective immediately. If your child is registered for Spring Break Camp beginning on Monday, March 16, please expect a phone call over the next two days from a member of our Education team. If you have questions about classes or camps please contact our Education team at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112 on Monday, March 16. We will do everything we can to assist you.

 

This decision was made in the best interest of our members, visitors, students, staff and volunteers. Please be patient with us in the wake of this unprecedented event. For updates, continue to check our website and social media channels. We will do our best to respond to all inquiries and provide you with the most up to date information.

 

Thank you for your dedicated support. Members, donors, patrons, students and volunteers are essential to the life of our organization. If you can, please consider making a donation to support our ongoing efforts by visiting www.osc.org/support.

 

Stay safe and we will see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO

 


 

March 13, 12:30 p.m.

 

Orlando Science Center is currently open for business, but we are closely monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) through news reports and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Please check back here for updates as this situation is constantly changing. 

 

Please know that the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our highest priority. At this point, the CDC classifies Florida as not experiencing widespread transmission. Orlando Science Center will continue to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local government, and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

 

Although there is not widespread transmission in Orlando, we are taking proactive measures to continue the priority focus we always place on the cleanliness of our facility.  Janitorial Services have increased the frequency of sanitizing and cleaning throughout the facility including exhibits and classrooms. Our team is working extra hard to keep frequently touched surfaces clean.

 

We are encouraging all staff and volunteers to stay home if they are sick with any contagious illness and urging them to take all precautionary measures as the situation progresses.  We also ask that potential visitors please stay home if they show signs of sickness. 

 

Please use the following precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. (Throw tissue away and wash hands!). If there is no tissue or handkerchief available, cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs easily spread!
  • For additional information about prevention, select this link from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html 

 

Thank you for your continued support and know that our Science Center team is working to ensure that everyone in our care has a carefree and educational time with us.

 

We do encourage people with questions about COVID-19 to visit the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for more information.

Create Your Own Dinosaur Fossils With Items Found In Your Kitchen!

How do you make a dinosaur fossil? Well, say you had your own dinosaur, first you’d have to bury it in layers and layers of dirt. Then, make sure there are no pockets in the sediment where air and water can reach the rock, and then wait tens of thousands of years. Voilà! You have fossilized dinosaur bones and teeth!

 

Now, no one has tens of thousands of years to wait around, or a dinosaur for that matter. But, even if you made a time machine and traveled back in time to the Jurassic period to find a dinosaur and give it time to fossilize, something could still go wrong. The bones could be too fragile, destroyed by air or water, or uncovered too early.

 

So, the bad news is it’s really hard to make your own real fossils. But don’t worry! Our paleontology enthusiasts at Orlando Science Center have put together a DIY experiment to make your own model fossils at home with items you already have in your kitchen!

 

To make your own fossils at home, you will need:

  • 1 cup of used coffee grounds
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • Wax paper
  • Mixing bowls
  • Small objects (small toy dinosaurs, seashells, starfish, etc.) to make impressions
  • An empty can, a butter knife, or a cookie cutter

Directions: 

  1. Brew a small amount of coffee (or make a little extra in the morning) and save the grounds. Allow the coffee to cool.
  2. Mix the coffee grinds, flour, and salt together in a bowl. Slowly add the coffee bit by bit and mix with the dry ingredients until the mixture forms a dough. The amount of coffee you need depends on how wet the coffee grounds are.
  3. Scoop the dough out onto the wax paper. Knead for 3-4 minutes, until the dough holds its shape and becomes less sticky.
  4. Use the can to cut out circles out of the dough. You can also use cookie cutters or a butter knife to cut out fun shapes.
  5. Press the small objects firmly into the dough to create an imprint. Remove the object.
  6. You can use a toothpick to poke a small hole near the edge of the fossil. After the fossil has dried, you can add string and hang it.
  7. Bake at 200°F for 45 minutes. Larger or thicker fossils may take longer to completely harden.

 

 

Once you've made your own fossils, share your photos on social media in our Facebook Member Community using #OSCMember, tag us on Instagram, or email sciencelive@osc.org

Top Five Tips To Begin A Stargazing Hobby

Ever find yourself looking to the shimmering, starry night sky wanting to learn more about what cosmos and constellations are above you?

 

Astronomy can be an expensive hobby, but the good news is you don’t need a telescope to enjoy the night sky! Our space experts here at Orlando Science Center have compiled the best stargazing tips for beginners, so you can enjoy the stars and constellations above.

 

  1. Star Finder App –If you are unfamiliar with navigating the night sky, you’ll want to bring a star finder app to assist. There are several options available for both iOS and Android like Star Walk, Sky Guide, or even Google Sky Map. If you are serious about learning the sky, you may also want to consider printing out some star maps and learning how navigate by hand. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself in not time!

  2. Red Flashlight – If you’ve ever been to the Observatory, you've probably noticed that we only use red light when stargazing. Red light is the lowest energy form of visible light, so using it allows us to keep our night-vision intact so we can see the sky in more detail. You can also change the display on your phone to show red light so that you can use your device without sacrificing visibility. Click here for an inexpensive and highly reviewed red flashlight from Amazon, and if you’d like to help out Orlando Science Center at the same time, please consider using smile.amazon.com and making Orlando Science Center your preferred charity. By doing so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to support our engaging programs and exhibits.

  3. Chairs and Blankets – If you are going to be trekking to a dark area to stargaze, you may want to stay a while. So why not be comfortable? Make sure to bring some folding chairs or blankets so you can sit back and watch the sky for hours.

  4. Bottles of Water – Anywhere that is dark enough for sky viewing is likely not going to have a clean source of drinking water. You’ll want to bring some reusable bottles of water to stay hydrated. And maybe your favorite snacks! Remember, if you venture out into nature leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures and kill nothing but time. If you do bring snacks, remember to take the wrappers and any other trash home with you.

  5. Bug spray – When you are going to be outside for any length of time, you’ll definitely want to bring some bug spray. This is especially true in Florida, even more so during summer.

2020 – A Vision for the Future of Central Florida’s STEM Workforce

Just imagine – by 2050, your child could wake up to be driven in their autonomous vehicle to work on the Space Coast where humans will be taking off to colonize Mars. Orlando is home to the fastest growing STEM job market in the United States. As our global economy moves closer towards technology and automation, Orlando Science Center works to inspire and prepare the next generation for jobs in industries that may not even exist yet.

 

Our schools are preparing students academically and so is Orlando Science Center – with exhibits and activities that make learning fun and engaging. But preparing financially for postsecondary education is just as important.

 

As the newest Corporate Partner of Orlando Science Center, Florida Prepaid is helping to build the future STEM talent pipeline by helping families start saving early for college tuition costs. And now they’re supporting Orlando Science Center’s vision to create prosperity in your community through their generosity.

 

Technology has the power to create entirely new industries while automating positions that are routine and predictable. Many fear this rapid change in our economy and what that means for the future workforce, but Orlando is poised to grow exponentially during this new industrial revolution. In a new report from the Orlando Economic Partnership, it is anticipated there will be a huge demand not only for more jobs, but jobs that pay more. By 2030, Orlando is projected to create between 254,000 and 482,000 new jobs.

 

Of course, a career in autonomous vehicles, working on the next mission to Mars, or saving ocean wildlife from plastic contamination will require a new set of skills. K-12 and postsecondary education is a key component for the next generation of STEM workers who will fill these positions and change our world.

 

But with costs growing, a college education can seem out of reach for the average family. Orlando Science Center’s partner, Florida Prepaid, is a trusted resource that assists Florida families with saving for their child’s future. Florida Prepaid allows you to secure rates for tomorrow’s tuition and save, stress-free.

 

No one knows what the future holds, but we strive to create a bright future for the next generation and beyond. We thank Florida Prepaid for their generous support of our STEM learning experiences and look forward to the incredible achievements that participating students will accomplish in the future!

From Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact: Teaching with What is on Trend

From the moons of Jupiter to the fictional moons of Endor, Orlando Science Center doesn’t just keep up with science, we keep up with science fiction! Our primary mission is to inspire science learning for life, but who says learning can’t be fun? Our educators are masters at merging pop culture and trending topics with our curriculum to create iconic experiences that educate and entertain.

 

From Star Wars to superheroes, from Harry Potter to Minecraft and more, our educators and science interpreters develop hands-on activities that connect your interests to science learning. For example, we have a MARVEL-ous way of teaching Newton’s Laws of Physics, elasticity, and the power of electromagnets in our live Super Science Show. Find out if you’re worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer or rival the powers of the X-Men using science!

 

Our vision is to be the spark that ignites innovation. Whether guests want to learn about physics for a spell, brew up some chemistry, or discover even Stranger Things, our themed break camps, workshops, and experiments can spark an interest in anyone! Our live science shows explore topics ranging from electricity to states of matter to thrill and educate audiences.The same dramatic flair is on display within our traveling exhibit hall as science interpreters present original interactive content inspired by the current exhibit. From ninja moves to neuron training, each new exhibit is a chance to experience something new.

 

How about a trend that finally gives you a reason to put your phone down? The Hive: A Makerspace has taken hands-on learning full S.T.E.A.M ahead. Capitalizing on the maker movement, which empowers participants to move from consumers to creators,The Hive provides the latest tools to help you turn your ideas into a reality. From 3D printing to wearable tech,The Hive challenges guests to reach outside their comfort zone and create something truly unique.

 

Engaging audiences creates a pathway to learning both inside the Science Center and out in the community. Our education team has a library of unique hands-on STEM activities that make science come alive for students during either an in-class workshop or a Family Science Night after hours at their school. Our education team leverages the latest trends, whether it’s virtual reality, robots or flying drones, while connecting to educational state standards, and inspiring students to take the next step toward achieving their true potential.

 

Our newly developed drone program is currently taking flight at schools throughout Central Florida. This opportunity gives students the chance to learn different ways drones are used to solve real- world problems while actively getting their hands on emerging technology. If you’d like to learn more about what our educators could bring to your child’s school, please contact our team at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.

20 Things to Look Forward to in 2020

As we look back on 2019, we can’t help but think of all the amazing events, exhibits and visitors that made it one of Orlando Science Center’s best years yet! From hosting the world premiere of traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine, to our Education team taking Orlando Science Center to families in Guantanamo Bay — 2019 was a year of discovery, learning, incredible accomplishments and so much more. As we look ahead to 2020, we can’t wait for all of the new and exciting traveling exhibits, events, and of course visitors that we’ll see this coming year. 

Here are 20 things to look forward to at Orlando Science Center in 2020.

1. Otronicon v. 15: We can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the first Otronicon Expo! This year, Otronicon will be bigger and better than ever! From our brand-new Community Events to the O-tech Startup Showcase, workshops and more! Join us on January 17 to 20 for four days of interactive tech. Click here to learn more.

 

2. Science Night Live: Come see how grown-ups do the Science Center! Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live, with grown-up-inspired programming, hands-on challenges, experiments and guest speakers. No two events are alike, so be sure to attend each one! Adult beverages and light bites are available for purchase. Join us for the first one of the year on January 18, 2020, featuring Otronicon programming! Ages 21+ only.  Learn more.

 

3. Monthly Themed Events: New science, same science center! Join us each month of the year for a new theme, new live shows, and new content. From engineering to the great outdoors, every month we’ll celebrate a different avenue of science with a big weekend event! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, and check our website regularly to ensure you’re always in the know!

 

4. Top Secret: License to Spy: Opening January 25, 2020, this exhibit focuses on the science and technology of spying and espionage. On arrival at the exhibition, the visitor is presented with a scenario and six suspects. Armed with a Spy File, the visitor is challenged with gathering intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on the suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery into the secret world of spies.

 

5. Science Competitions: The Curtis Rising Stars Challenge, Curtis Kinetic Science Competition, Lockheed Martin Science Challenge, and Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition all support children and young adults in their scientific endeavors by allowing them to showcase their accomplishments, gain access to mentors in the community, and get aid for their future academic and career goals. Learn more about these STEM competitions and how you can get involved!

 

6. Break Camps: When school is out, break camps are in! Orlando Science Center hosts break camps when Orange County Public Schools or Seminole County Public Schools are out of session for teacher work days and holiday breaks. Engaging break camps give children a productive and fun way to spend their time off from school with a chance to learn more about STEM in an exciting, interactive environment. Click here for dates and topics.

 

7. STEM Day at the Capitol: Orlando Science Center will take to the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee with fellow STEM partners to highlight how strategic partnerships fill the STEM talent pipeline! There will be experiments, flight simulators and more for state legislators to experience while discussing the importance of STEM education as it relates to growing Florida’s technological workforce.

 

8. Science of Wine Fundraiser 10th year: Sip, Savor and Support the mission of Orlando Science Center on April 25, 2020! Science of Wine is a unique wine and food tasting with an educational twist. More than 150 of the finest wines from all of the major regions of the world will be represented thanks to our presenting sponsor, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. Local gourmet restaurants and caterers will also be present to pair the wines with a variety of delectable dishes, and guests can purchase add-on experiences such as cooking demonstrations and seminars. Click here to learn more.

 

9. Mess Month: May will be our messiest month ever! Instead of one weekend of Mess Fest, this year, every weekend will be a marvelous mess! Each weekend will showcase a different sense, so you’ll see, hear, touch, and smell a different mess every visit!

 

10. Workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace and Dr. Dare’s Lab: Get a handle on hands-on learning! Weekends at OSC are full of workshops, lab experiments, and open-make activities. If you haven’t taken a workshop in The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by the Isaacs Family yet — you’re missing out on creativity, STEM learning and fun! Workshops take place each weekend, and on select Thursdays. From 3D Printing to Sewing 101, you’ll leave with a newfound skill after attending workshops in The Hive. 

 

11. Pompeii: The Immortal City: Making its fourth and final stop at Orlando Science Center on June 6, 2020, Pompeii The Immortal City will plunge guests into the heart of the drama and ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Spectacular immersive moments allow guests to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes.

Don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this exhibit! Click here to learn more.

 

12. Summer Camps: Orlando Science Center offers hands-on summer camps so that children entering Preschool* through Grade 9 can dive deep into their favorite STEM topics while school is out! Members get first pick at camps, plus an amazing discount during the month of January! Become a Member today to enjoy Summer Camp presale. Click here to become a  Member. . *Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.

 

13. Science After Sundown: This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. On Friday & Saturday nights, experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

 

14. New movies: Go on a giant-screen adventure, or immerse yourself in astounding 3D locales, with educational and Hollywood films in one of our two theaters! From Toy Story 4 to Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, you’re going to lava all the new flicks coming to OSC throughout the year!

 

15. Bubble Bash: Pop over for the cleanest mess of the year! Learn about the science of soap, from why bubbles are round to why scientists in different fields study bubbles. From workshops in The Hive to FOAMsplosions on the Terrace, OSC will be bursting with bubbles!

 

16. Design Zone: Discover that math isn’t just a subject in school—it’s a fundamental, creative tool that artists and engineers use to design and invent! Coming to the Science Center in fall 2020, Design Zone highlights the relationship between mathematical thinking and the creative process in art, music, and engineering.

 

17. Bank of America Weekends: On the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America or Merill Lynch debit or credit card holders can receive free admission on Saturdays and Sundays to Orlando Science Center through the Bank of America Museums on Us program. To gain free entry, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card and a matching photo ID. The deal applies to cardholder only and does not include additional guests or children.

 

18. OSC After Dark: Have a frightfully fantastic night at the museum as you dance the night away in DinoDigs, enjoying some wicked tricks and treats. Special experiences include a costume contest, live music and entertainment, sweet and savory bites, and booo-z beverages! Ages 21 and up only. OSC After Dark takes place in October. Check back for the date and details.

 

19. Pumpkins & Protons: This spooky party is out most popular member-only event of the year! Bring your entire clan of monsters for a safe night of Halloween fun for creatures of all ages, and enjoy scary carnival games, trick-or-treat, and help the Ghostflusters save the Science Center.

 

20. Noon Year’s Eve: You don’t have to wait until midnight, ring in the New Year with us! Countdown to the New Year with Stan the T-Rex and the rest of OSC, and start the year with science!

Fairy Tale Weekend Presented by Florida Prepaid

Hear ye, hear ye!  

 The Kingdom of KidsTown would like to cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate Fairy Tale Weekend presented by Florida Prepaid College Plans! Steer your horse-drawn carriage over to Orlando Science Center February 8 & 9 to celebrate an enchanting weekend of STEM learning inspired by your favorite fables. 

 

By using fairy tales and stories, kids aren’t just learning, they’re excited to learn, and they take those lessons with them. Our young guests love these fables, and it’s a unique opportunity to harness that, and help children and families to write and celebrate their own story!

 

Cross the troll bridge if you dare and join us for hands-on fun! Fairy Tale Weekend is going to be one for the books! 

 

Event Table of Contents: 

 

•  Go on an enchanted quest! Adventure your way through KidsTown to help feed a hangry dragon 

 

•  Put your engineering skills to the test and see if you can build a castle worthy of royalty! 

 

•  Dress to impress! Wear your favorite family-friendly fantasy costume! 

 

•  Whether you’re a jester or a dragon, head to DinoDigs to make and take your own crown, wand, storybook, and more! 

 

•  Brew up some magic in Dr. Dare’s Lab, and learn about the chemistry behind magic potions. 

 

•  Meet real-life explorer, Dr. Pål Brekke as he shares the history and science behind the breathtaking Northern Lights.

 

COST:

Admission to Orlando Science Center is FREE for members*, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D educational films, and live programming.

 

SCIENCE FOR ALL – General Admission Access Program: 

If you have an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or WIC card with a State issued photo ID matching the name and state as the card, you qualify for a $3 admission per person for up to six individuals.

 

*Become a member for unlimited access to Orlando Science Center all year long, discounts to camps, and special member-only events!