Enjoy A Spooky Adults Night Out At Science Night Live!

Live from Orlando, it’s Science Night Live DEAD!

Ghouls and goblins ages 21 and up are invited to Orlando Science Center for a spooky adults’ night out on Saturday, October 5. Face your fears and spin the Wheel of Torture for a daring task, become a detective and solve a murder, make your own spooky jewelry in The Hive*, and find out if you should be afraid of artificial intelligence on this frightening night! 

 

Is Frankenstein considered artificial intelligence? Do we face a future similar to The Matrix or The Terminator? Learn more at Science Night Live! Join HP Newquist, an artificial intelligence expert, and creator of the brand-new exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine during his presentation* "Are You Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?"

 

Artist Synthestruct will also host Science Talks on Synesthesia*! Explore your senses in this fun and interactive presentation that examines human perception and cross-sensory experiences. Equipped with crayons and other creative tools, you’ll be challenged to explore your own unique sensorium through stimulating flavors and sounds.

 

This event has been known to sell out, so don't wait – purchase your $16 ticket today!
More special programming:
  • Explore the all-new Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine exhibit and discover what AI is and how it works with interactives.
  • Challenge others in trivia tournaments with topics Mummy Knows Best, Science of Horror Movies, and more!
  • Participate in DIY Spooky Jewelry workshop and play Hive-made board games.
  • Spin the Wheel of Torture for a chilling challenge.
  • Become a detective in Dr. Dare’s Lab and solve the murder in Night of the Chicken Dead!
  • Enjoy tasty bites and adult beverages available for purchase.
  • Experience the Science Center in a whole new way… without kids!

Limited tickets are on sale now for just $16. Guests must be 21 and up to attend. 

Members of Orlando Science Center receive FREE admission with promo code. To renew or purchase a membership click here.

 

*Limited seating. First come first served. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to each timed event. Tickets distributed where noted above

KidsTown Presents Pirate Week at Orlando Science Center!

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirate Week is September 19–22.

Ahoy, young buccaneers! Join our crew for family-friendly themed programs and activities for Pirate Week at Orlando Science Center! Don’t forget to wear your best family-friendly pirate costume for this event.

 

You’ll also be able to make some accessories at the event to add flair to your costume. The make and take part of the event will be in KidsTown on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and will move to Dino Digs on Saturday.

 

Join us for our biggest event day on Saturday, September 21st! Get ready to make new pirate friends, play games, enjoy make and take activities, complete a treasure hunt, and more! Enjoy Swashbucklin' StoryTime, make-and-take activities, games, treasure hunting, mermaids,  and pirate friends. Click here to view the schedule of events.

 

Plus, A Special Live Show! 
Joining us again this year, we welcome LANCE Orlando on Saturday, September 21 at 1:15 p.m. in the Digital Adventure Theater as they join our pirate crew and put on a show filled with seafaring shenanigans! Seating is limited and first come, first served. We recommend lining up 15 minutes prior to the show. 

The treasure-filled fun happens just once a year, so don’t miss it! 

Looking to practice your pirate speech before setting sail for Orlando Science Center? Find out how you can talk like a pirate!

$10 Day At Orlando Science Center

Join us on Sunday, September 29 for half off General Admission! 

Join Orlando Science Center for a special opportunity to engage in science learning and fun for a discounted price on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

 

This is your only opportunity to experience the brand-new exhibit, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine for the low price of $10! Visitors can also enjoy all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D films, and live programming for just $10 per person. For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.

 

Limited tickets are available for the discounted $10 Day! Tickets can sell out in advance, so be sure to purchase yours online to ensure you don’t miss out! Normal general admission fees are $21 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-11), which means $10 Day patrons will enjoy up to more than 50% savings per ticket.

Orlando Science Center strives to make science education accessible to everyone and offers the Science For All general admission and membership programs to families in need every day. But $10 Day offers families who do not qualify for those programs the opportunity to experience everything the Science Center has to offer at a budget-friendly price.

 

While attending this family fun day, see Orlando Science Center’s newest exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine; catch films on the giant-screen like Great Bear Rainforest, Oceans: Our Blue Planet; and see 3D films like Australia’s Great Wild North, and Superpower Dogs. Plus, explore all four floors of hands-on exhibits that will engage the family and inspire your curiosity, including KidsTowndesigned for children 7 and under, The Hive: A Makerspace where creativity runs wild, and Kinetic Zone, which allows you to explore the fundamentals of forces in an interactive way!

 

Due to the high volume of expected guests, tickets to $10 Day on September 29 are available online in advance so you can pre-purchase your tickets and scan them for reduced admission time. 

 

This special price is only available on Sunday, September 29!

 

Additional offsite parking locations include:

Magruder Eye Institute on Mills Ave. (Free)
AdventHealth Urology Association on Mills Ave. (Free)
Curbside North and South along Mills Ave. (Free)
AdventHealth McRae Garage (Paid Parking)

Best Unbreakable 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!

 

Un-poppable bubble recipe

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 was 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!

 

Can’t get enough bubbles? Be sure to pop on over to Orlando Science Center for Bubble Bash on September 7 & 8! From DIY soapmaking to Bath Time experiments and sensory stations, you’ll have a squeaky clean time! Click here to view a schedule of events.

Q&A With HP Newquist, Developer of Traveling Exhibit, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine

Making its world premiere at Orlando Science Center on September 14, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine is the first traveling exhibit to focus on the practicality and potential of artificial intelligence. Children and adults alike will explore hands-on activities and displays exploring how computers learn and illuminating the differences between artificial intelligence and human intelligence.

 

The exhibit’s creator HP Newquist is one of the foremost authorities on the history and application of artificial intelligence. His career in AI spans four decades and his work has appeared in and been cited by such diverse publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Variety, Billboard, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, Computerworld, and USA Today.

 

Before the exhibit joins us, Newquist shared why he believes understanding Artificial Intelligence is vital, what visitors can learn from the exhibit, what is the greatest myth about AI and more.

HP Newquist
  1. Why did you design this exhibit?
    Artificial Intelligence is the single most important technology being developed today . . . by far. Every large company and every government in the world is developing AI. Yet very few people know what AI is, or what it does. We want to provide people with a way to understand AI so that it’s real and relevant, not mysterious or frightening. At the same time, we want to show visitors that AI can change the world in ways that might be good and bad, and all of us should think about how that might happen.
  2. Why do you think people are so fascinated with artificial intelligence?
    AI has been part of our collective imagination for thousands of years, since the age of Greek myths. It all has to do with the idea of what might happen if science created something just like us, as smart as we are, and possibly even smarter. What happens then?
  3. What can visitors expect from the exhibit?
    The one thing we want visitors of every age, from 6 to 86, to discover is that AI—in all its forms—is based on mathematics. It’s not evil robots, it’s not computers that can think for themselves, it’s not brain-cells-in-a-machine. It’s advanced technology that uses very complex math, but at the end of the day, it’s still math. No matter how smart a machine or an AI application might seem, the reality is that it has no ability to think, no awareness, no consciousness. It is a brilliantly constructed mathematical program. Nothing more.
  4. What's your favorite interactive in the exhibit?
    I’m always astounded by watching an AI try to translate the Russian or Spanish version of Sleeping Beauty to English as you show it pages from the book. I can also stand for hours in front of the AI artist that paints what it sees in different classical painting styles.
  5. What do you think people will be most surprised about?
    My guess is that people will be amazed by what AI is capable of today. We all take Siri and Alexa for granted, but when an AI scans our faces and describes whether we’re happy or sad, that changes how we think of the technology—and what it might actually “know.”
  6. What is the biggest myth this exhibit will help dismiss for visitors?
    While the idea of a smart machine has been part of human storytelling for centuries, recently we've come to think that AI is—or will be—some kind of evil Terminator or a friendly C3PO robot. That’s the myth, because right now it’s neither. The reality is that AI can do amazing things, primarily because it can process much more information than humans can—and do it a million times faster. For example, an AI can scan thousands of satellite photographs and find new stars in a few minutes, but it would take human researchers months or even years to find those same stars. That’s incredibly impressive. But the same AI doesn’t know the difference between a guitar and a gorilla. That should put the myth vs. reality in perspective.
  7. How do you think people will view AI differently after this experience?
    My hope is that people will start thinking about AI as a real thing that is quickly becoming part of our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our world. Like any technology, AI can be used to create chaos by the wrong people, and that’s a very real concern for the future. The more that our visitors understand what AI is right this moment, the more we’ll be able to use it in ways that will benefit our lives going forward.

AI: Your Mind & the Machine premieres at Orlando Science Center on Saturday, September 14. The exhibit opens to the public at 12:00 p.m. Members of Orlando Science Center can enjoy the Member-only preview of the exhibit that morning. The exhibit will be on display until January 5.

Say Farewell to the Turtles, Experience Special Science And Take A Trip to Australia during Labor Day Weekend At Orlando Science Center!

Looking for a way to spend Labor Day Weekend with your family and friends? Head to Orlando Science Center for some engaging, hands-on (and air conditioned) fun and discovery!

Put your ninja skills to the test one final time with the four heroes in a half-shell

Don’t miss your last chance to bond with family while working together to solve a series of challenges, collaborative games, mind-teasing puzzles, and more! It’s a total shell-a-bration in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of The Sewer exhibit, presented by Nemours Children’s Health System. Put on your ninja masks and get ready to work together to defeat evil! Build new skills with friends, family, and fellow ninjas in training. Discover the power of cooperation and problem-solving as you face a series of challenges putting your skills to the test! Your crew will walk away with a bond as strong as this lean, mean, green team!

Enjoy Animal Encounters, Challenge Your Creativity and More Special Programming

Come face to face with alligators, spiders, snakes and many more animals in NatureWorks! Learn about animals native to the Florida ecosystem as well as nonnative species, and how you can be a friend to animals around you. From natural science of physical science and chemistry, you’ll have several opportunities to learn and explore. Plus, enjoy self-led experiments in Dr. Dare’s Lab, and fine tune your maker skills in The Hive: A Makerspace.

 

 

 

 

Take a trip to Australia without leaving Orlando!

Experience Australia’s Great Wild North – Premiering in 3D on September 1

Far Northern Australia is a land of extremes. The coast, rivers and waterholes are haunted by sharks. The plains are guarded by territorial buffalo and venomous snakes, but the apex predator here is a living dinosaur: the salt water crocodile.

 

Australia’s Great Wild North will take viewers across this rugged continent, from the wild Kimberly coast through the mysterious and rarely seen Arnhem Land and deep into the world’s oldest rain forest in Cape York. Click here for show times.

Labor Day weekend, and every day, is a wonderful time to engage your curiosity, bond with family and friends, explore the world around you and try something new at Orlando Science Center! Join us for exhibits, giant-screen films, live shows, animal encounters and four floors designed to jumpstart your brain and engage all ages. Orlando Science Center is open on Labor Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate The Season With Science – Book Your Holiday Party Today!

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start looking for a unique space that would be perfect for your corporate event or holiday party. Orlando Science Center offers both indoor and outdoor rental spaces that add an exciting, fun and whimsical touch to any holiday party.

 

Plus, our experienced on-site coordinators and events team will help you plan every step of the way, so you don’t have to stress! Learn more about our three decorated and customizable event spaces that guarantee to make your holiday celebration the most talked about event of the season!

 

Dazzling Dinos!

Located on the fourth floor, this prehistoric exhibit space is sure to WOW your guests! Take a journey back to the Jurassic period and come face-to-face with dozens of monumental ancient displays. Stocked with dinosaur replicas, ‘fossils’ and an excavation site, this rental space is sure to take a bite out of the evening. Book between November 23 and January 7 for dinosaurs twinkling in lights.

Dinos In Lights

Experience the World Premiere of Traveling Exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine

AI: Your Mind & The Machine is the first exhibit to focus on the reality of artificial intelligence, how it works, what it can do, and what it might do. Making its world premiere debut on September 14, the exhibit demonstrates how creating machines that think helps us to understand our own brains, and shows how they are both similar to and different from one another. This exhibit is sure to enthrall and entertain your holiday guests!

 

Dine and Dance Under the Stars on the Terrace

Experience a night under the stars unlike any you have had before. At 6,300 square feet the SunTrust Terrace is one of the largest rooftops in Orlando. With a breathtaking view of the Orlando skyline and elegant white market lights draping the terrace, it offers a picture-perfect backdrop to your holiday soiree.

 

For an unforgettable evening guaranteed to leave your guests smiling, celebrate the holiday season at Orlando Science Center! Book your event today while space is still available by contacting Helen Tillem, Director of Meetings and Events at 407.514.2290 or fill out the form below.

Contact Us

To book your next event, request pricing information, or for any other questions, please contact Helen Tillem, Director of Meetings and Events at 407.514.2290 or fill out the form below.


We’re Bubbling With Excitement for Bubble Bash!

Love Mess Fest at Orlando Science Center? Then pop on over for its squeaky clean sister event – Bubble Bash! Join us on September 7 and 8 to kick off Aquatic Adventures Month with a splash! Learn about the science of soap, from why bubbles are round to why scientists in different fields study bubbles.

 

Plus: As seen on America’s Got Talent, master bubble performer and magician Blaise Ryndes will perform his Spheres Bubble Show! Don’t miss this fusion of art, science and comedy on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with an exclusive members-only showing on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. RSVP is required.

Bubble-tastic Experiences:

  • Soapmaking in The Hive: A Makerspace: create your own custom bar of soap from shape to scent!
  • Bath Time experiments in Dr. Dare's Lab: put on your goggles and lab coat because we’re making Bath Fizzers! Learn about why these trendy products fizzle when they hit the water. Then, using chemistry, create your own!
  • Bubble-opolis Metropolis featuring:
    • Sensory stations: Sensory activities take the fear out of learning! Children will explore different materials while use all their senses to discover their environment.
    • Kid Car Wash Obstacle Course: Navigate your way through this bubble-wrapped obstacle course.
    • Stand in a Bubble: Have you ever wanted to be in the center of a bubble? Now you can! Use a hula hoop to pull an entire bubble over your body.
    • Bubble Walls: Use a pulley to bring an entire wall of bubbles up around you and your friends
  • Outdoor Demonstrations: Mentos in coke, FOAMsplosions and elephant toothpaste demos on the Terrace.*

*weather permitting

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.

Bank of America Weekend

On September 7 and 8, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to Orlando Science Center through the 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 cardholders only and does not include additional guests or children.

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!

 

Can’t get enough of dinosaurs and fossils? Join us on August 24 and 25 for Prehistoric Party Weekend to celebrate your favorite dino pals! Click here to learn more.

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 new Facebook Member Community using #OSCMember, tag us on Instagram, or email sciencelive@osc.org! 

Get Down With The Dinos During Prehistoric Party Weekend!

August is Paleontology Month at Orlando Science Center and to celebrate, we're throwing a Prehistoric Party for your favorite dino pals! Join us on August 24 and 25 for Prehistoric Party Weekend, featuring a Cretaceous Carnival, DIY Fossil Necklaces, live shows & more dino-mite programming.

 

To memorialize the megafauna, we’re teaming up with the Florida Fossil Hunters, SKELETONS Museum, Florida Geological Survey and Imagine Our Florida. Demonstration tables from each group will be set up for you to take a closer look at fossils from Florida and around the world.

 

Looking for even more fossil-fueled fun to get ready for Prehistoric Party? Find out what dinosaurs roamed your state!

Prehistoric Party Programming:

  • Prehistoric experiments in Dr. Dare's Lab! Use a model to figure out how big a stegosaurus was in real life in Dino Displacement, use prehistoric dirt to learn more about a T-Rex. in Soil Analysis, excavate chocolate chips from a cookie in I Dig Cookies, and prepare a Rubber Chicken for the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife in Mummify Fred!
  • Make your own fossil necklace using wire wrapping techniques during the DIY Fossil Necklaces open makes in The Hive: A Makerspace presented by The Isaacs Family.
  • Enjoy a Cretaceous Carnival with different stations like an excavating a triceratops skeleton, assemble a triceratops skeleton, play a board game that takes you through the fossilization process, create and name your own dinosaur, test your Jurrassic knowledge in trivia, and get a dino-mite photo op!

Can’t make Prehistoric Party? All month long we’re celebrating dinosaurs with themed workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace, prehistoric experiments in Dr. Dare’s Lab and more. Click here to visit our calendar for dates and times.