Mess Fest is Back!

Join us for the messiest weekend of the year at Orlando Science Center!

 What’s the best kind of mess? The kind YOU don’t have to clean up! Get hands-on with our ooiest, gooiest, messiest activities during Mess Fest! From slime time to fizzy paint, join us for some good clean fun during Mess Fest as we get creative with our favorite colorful and sensory-friendly activities.

Explore Mess Zones and learn the science behind your favorite che-MESS-try experiments, see a foam-splosion on the terrace, create your own custom slime, and more! If you don’t make a mess, you’re not doing it right!

Don't miss special guest performances by WeFlip Entertainment! Have fun learning about physics in this amazing acrobatic show.

Don’t miss these mess-tivities!

  • Slip into the Mess Hall and learn about the science behind our favorite messy activities with spin art, Alka seltzer painting, and more!
  • Meet some creative local artists and makers who have turned being messy into a profession
  • You'll have a blast learning about the science of suds with foam-splosions on the terrace
  • Flip out during WeFlip Entertainment's incredible acrobatic show
  • Our littlest learners are invited to join Messy Science StoryTime and MiniMaker Workshops in KidsTown
  • Create your own custom slime in Dr. Dare's Lab
  • And so much more!
Guests watch large cloud of foam exploding during outdoor Science Live show.

Prepare for Mess Fest at home with a messy DIY activity! 

Learn about the science of slime with ooey-gooey oobleck or observe our capillary system in action using a colorful coffee filter with some of our favorite, messiest, OSC at Home experiments! 

We suggest setting up a workspace outdoors to keep the mess outside your home. Then, take a photo and share on social media #OrlandoScience Center for a chance to be featured on our page!

Terroir and Tannins and Taste, Oh Wine!

Taste, tannins, temperature, terroir. What do these mean and how do they affect your wine tasting experience? We're here to take a peek at the science of wine. Let's explore the processes behind the grape's greatest achievement!

Taste & Tannins

When a grape moves from vine to wine, it undergoes a chemical process called fermentation. During this process, yeast eats the natural sugars in the grapes, producing a few byproducts: carbon dioxide, alcohol, and over 200 aromatic esters — organic compounds that are responsible for a wine's specific, unique aroma!

When you smell these aromas, your brain forms neurological connections that link the scent to existing memories: jasmine flowers, cherry plums, dark chocolate, apricots, and many more.

It's possible to like a wine's aroma without enjoying the flavor. This happens when your brain detects discrepancies between the smell and taste. For example, if a red wine smells like a plum but dries your mouth out, these sensations conflict and might be unpleasant. This dry-mouth phenomenon is caused by tannins, which are bitter and astringent macromolecules that occur abundantly in nature.

Plants create tannins to make themselves less palatable. If your mouth feels “coated” when you eat an underripe pear or plum, that’s because of the tannins in the fruit! The tannins in wine come from grape seeds and skins, which are often extracted before fermenting white wine varietals, which is why red wines tend to be "dryer" than white wines.

In the right quantities and at the right age, tannins can be smooth, velvety, and delicious, adding a layer of complexity to your wine. Tannins are also found in tea, coffee, and dark chocolate!

Temperature

Yes, the temperature of your wine does matter! But it may surprise you to learn that the stability of temperature is more important than the degrees themselves.

When temperature changes, wine expands and contracts far more than the bottle it's stored in. This causes changes in pressure, which can have a negative effect on wine: too much pressure, and some of the bouquet of aromas leaks out; too little, and the contraction of the liquid sucks some external air through the cork.

This brings in extra oxygen, which can react with alcohol to create acetic acid — also known as vinegar. Keeping the temperature consistent while storing wine can prevent this ebb and flow and keep your wine complex and delicious until you're ready to pop the cork.

Infographic explaining scientific concepts in the body of the article

Terroir

Champagne is not simply a bubbly white wine. A true Champagne is made according to very specific practices and comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France. You’ll know it by the letters “AOC” on the label.

In many countries, there are governing bodies that dictate when, how and where wine can be created. This is why a sparkling Italian white wine is called Prosecco, why Chianti must be made with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes, and why Napa Valley has become the wine lover’s vacation destination in the United States.

But why all the fuss over where a grape is grown? Wine will take on characteristics of the soil in which the grapes grow. In fact, even this is an oversimplification; in reality, anything that affects the vineyard while the grapes are still on the vine can impact the flavor!

The combination of conditions in which wine grapes grow is called terroir, and it can include soil, topography and climate. For example, a wine made from grapes in granite-rich regions like South Africa will produce what some might call a gravelly flavor profile. In addition, grapes grown in warmer regions produce more sugars. This doesn’t mean the wine will be sweeter, though! More sugars serve as extra fodder for yeast to turn into alcohol. That’s why wines produced in warmer climates tend to have a higher alcohol-by-volume content.

The science behind terroir hasn't quite been explained yet, but research into the subject has recently shifted from a descriptive approach to a technical approach. Scientists are using precision agricultural methodologies to investigate the mystifying relationships between grapes and the ground they're grown in.

Lucky for us, they're doing all the hard work. We just get to sit back and enjoy a nice glass of Cabernet at the end of the week and toast the scientists behind the scenes!

A Taste of Giving

Interested in learning more? Looking for a way to raise a glass to encourage our world's future scientists? Join us on April 23, 2022 for the 10th Annual Science of Wine Fundraiser!

Want to learn more about the science of wine? Here are some sources we used to learn more about the science behind the bottle:

Otronicon: The Complete Guide

Orlando's favorite tech expo and science festival is BACK!

Now held on President's Day Weekend, Otronicon brings together some of the top minds in science and technology in the Central Florida region. As a celebration of innovation and lifelong learning, the festival serves as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the best in STEM advancements. Join us to gain exclusive access to highly specialized surgical robots, contribute firsthand to the sustainability of coastal ecosystems, and test out the latest advancements in immersive virtual reality. 

FAQs

Have questions about Otronicon? Here's everything you need to know about the festival!

How do I buy tickets?

Admission to Otronicon is included with general admission to Orlando Science Center. Please remember to reserve your timed-entry tickets online prior to arrival to guarantee and expedite entry. Tickets can be purchased here.

What's happening during Otronicon?

Otronicon has a wide assortment of exhibits, workshops, live shows, gaming competitions and more. Visit our calendar or check out the daily schedules below for a look at the full list of programming. 

Otronicon 2022 - Friday Schedule

Otronicon 2022 - Saturday Schedule

Otronicon 2022 - Sunday Schedule

Otronicon 2022 - Monday Schedule

Does Otronicon admission include Science Night Live?

No, Science Night Live is a separately ticketed event. Our 21+ adults night begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday February 19. Tickets can be purchased here.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in the Orlando Science Center parking garage. If you are able to, please consider carpooling. On Saturday and Sunday, overflow parking will be available in case the garage reaches capacity. 

Overflow Parking Instructions

Will there be live shows?

Yes! Join WeFlip for a high-energy acrobatic show with a science twist, or explore the science of suds with America's Got Talent star Blaise Ryndes as he performs his incredible Sphere's Bubble Show. Here's a schedule of Otronicon programming in our theaters: 

Friday:

11:30 a.m. — Diversity in STEM - Panel Discussion highlighting the importance of diversity in STEM fields & how panelists created opportunities for underserved communities.

2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. — WeFlip Acrobatic Science Live! Show

Saturday: 

2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. —WeFlip Science Acrobatic Science Live! Show

Sunday:

1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. — Spheres Bubble Shows - Expand the Universe Tour

Monday:

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. - Spheres Bubble Shows - Expand the Universe Tour

How do I register for workshops and competitions?

Registration for workshops and gaming competitions will take place on-site in the Club House on Level 1. Registration closes 15 minutes prior to the event, but please be aware that space is limited and slots often fill long before this deadline. Please proceed to registration upon arrival to guarantee your spot in any workshops or competitions you are interested in.

Admission: Otronicon is FREE for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11).

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or see Plan Your Visit.

Learn How To Code Like A Wizard, Design a Skyscraper, and More During Otronicon Workshops!

Become the next great innovator at Otronicon with engaging workshops!

From creating video games to making robots dance, to learning about the art and science of stop motion animation you’ll leave these workshops with a newfound skill and appreciation for STEM. 

Workshop registration is available in the Club House on Level 1. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis so please sign up upon arriving at Otronicon to guarantee your spot. Guests can reserve workshops in advance for a nominal fee of $5.00 by contacting the reservations department at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112. Once you are registered we ask that you report to the Club House at least 15 minutes prior to your workshop time to be escorted to the classrooms. 

Check out the exciting workshops you have to look forward to during Otronicon from February 18-21, 2022!


AniMotion Studios: 3D Animation & A+STEM
UCF Create

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(90 min – Ages 13 and Up)

This 90-minute workshop will introduce 3D animation to students and families. Come and see how your favorite animated movies were made and learn how to make a character move across the screen using the professional standard animation software, Maya.


Architecture in the Digital World
Black Architects in the Making

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(75 min – Ages 13 and Up)

We will use programs such as Google SketchUp and Revit to model simple architectural forms. We will then utilize a rendering plugin called Enscape, which allows for real time visuals and fly throughs. This can be shown on a large screen or paired with an Oculus VR headset for a more immersive experience.


Catapult Challenge
Society of Women Engineers

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
(120 min – All Ages)

In this 2 hour workshop the attendees will participate in a STEM activity of building a catapult which incorporates the aspect of easy math connection, engineering design process, student-driven learning, and hands-on. The catapults will undergo three different tests to determine accuracy and power. The teams will be able to modify the catapults and retest as desired.


Cloudy With A Chance Of Python
Black Orlando Tech

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. 
(60 min – Ages 16 and Up)

Intro Python workshop where participants will deploy their first cloud resources using AWS Python SDK.


Code a Home Security Camera with a Raspberry Pi Microcomputer
TechPays Foundation

Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. 
(60 min – All Ages)

Feeling safe is a basic human need. Coding and creating a home security camera and app can be the first line of defense. Create a security system in this workshop! TechPays™ has received publicity on WFTV Channel 9, STAR 94.5, and has received 5 Star Positive Feedback reviews as a 2018 Otronicon Workshop Presenter.


Drone Zone

Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 10:30 a.m. 
(60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Explore the world of drones! Learn the principles of flight and how drones move as you pilot them through a series of obstacles. Master your skills with the drone coding challenge! This workshop is based on content produced in partnership with Orlando Science Center, Teqgames, and NAWCTSD and is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.


Exploring Space

Friday, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 10:30 a.m.
(60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Do you think space is far out? Come find out how NASA scientists & engineers use technology to learn new information about planets and stars. This workshop is based on content produced by Orlando Science Center and the University of Central Florida supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AM34G.


GaIM Maker Space Laser Cut Design
UCF GaIM
Level 3 - The HIVE

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
(90 min – Ages 8 and Up)

In this workshop, participants will learn the principles behind realizing your 2D designs with accuracy and speed. The UCF GaIM Maker Space will share their knowledge and techniques of the Glowforge so that every participant can turn their paper 2D designs into a more tangible product. Learn concepts of 2D design, and the process of developing a successful laser cut product, to create project that you can take home.


Knight's Declassified Career Survival Guide
Future Technical Communicators of UCF

Friday & Saturday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

This one-hour workshop teaches high schoolers about the fundamentals of job preparation including creating a resume, building a portfolio, and doing a job interview—all through the lens of an adventurer in a medieval fantasy world. Follow our hero in this D&D-inspired workshop as they learn not only how to wield the sword but the pen as well. Watch and help them level up from local adventurer to licensed hero.


Ozobot Dance Off

Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(60 min – Ages 7 and Up)

Come explore programming with Ozobots, smart little robots that can read code through color! We’ll learn how to draw color-coded paths for our Ozobots to speed up, slow down, and light up. Then we’ll use our skills to make our robots dance!


Simulation Adventures

Friday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, 12:30 p.m.
(60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

What do Gamers, Air Traffic Controllers, and Drone Pilots have in common? They all require very specific skills! Experience a flight simulator that real pilots use for training as you fly an aircraft from the Downtown Orlando to the Orlando International Airport, or use a drone to treat crops in Agriculture. This workshop is based on content produced in partnership with Orlando Science Center, Teqgames and NAWCTSD and is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.

Otronicon Hours: February 18 - 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

*Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11:00 a.m. Tournament Key: 

This year’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament will be separated into age brackets. Players in Grade School and Middle School will compete in Bracket A, while High School and above will compete in Bracket B.

At 11:00 a.m., Brackets A and B will compete simultaneously. The champions of each bracket will then face off to see who is the best of the best!

At 3:00 p.m., players of all ages will be welcomed for open play in Bracket E. 

A - Grade School and Middle School
- High School and Above
E - Any Age

Schedule

Friday, February 18, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball Fighter Z (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*

Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, February 20, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, February 21, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Otronicon Waiver and Release Form for Game-play, Competitions and Special Content

All players under (18) years old on the first day of the Otronicon event must submit a consent form upon entry to the event, signed by a caregiver, in order to participate in competitions. Any cash prizes won by minors will be awarded directly to that minor participant.

Waivers may be completed online or in person. If a minor is dropped off or is attending alone, the caregiver must be present with the minor on the first day in order to validate their electronic signature on this form.

Caregiver only need to complete one form per child per day for the entire event. Waivers will be kept on file for all (4) days of the event.

To expedite the check in process, caregivers may bring a print out of the email (or show on your phone) along with a valid photo ID to the waiver table. The name on the photo ID must match the caregiver's name on the email confirmation.

Registration for all competitions is onsite at Orlando Science Center. There are no online registrations for competitions.


General Rules

  1. Admission to the Orlando Science Center is required for all competitions.
    Registration is required for all competitions. This is done on-site at the Orlando Science Center.
  2. You must be registered for your competition no later than 15 minutes before competition start time but be aware that competitions many times reach their max capacity before this deadline.
  3. Each competition is $5.00 to compete per person, per game.
  4. Players must use only the controllers provided by Orlando Science Center. No outside controllers are allowed and may be confiscated.
  5. Competition is greatly encouraged, but excessive taunting or threatening will not be tolerated.
  6. Games started only with official PKG staff (Ref's) permission.
  7. Players will not tamper, unplug, or touch any of PKG's equipment without permission.
  8. No pausing of any game. No intentional glitching. No disrespecting fellow players/staff members.
  9. Intentional cheating will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  10. All decisions made by Orlando Science Center or Powder Keg Games are Final, and not subject to appeal.
  11. Suspected cheating or foul play must be immediately reported to PKG staff (Ref).
    Accumulating 3 warnings will result in expulsion from tournament, and possibly the premises.
  12. Prizes and competition details subject to change without notice.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

How to Get Teens Interested in STEM at School

From hands-on experiences to museums and mentors, here are some tips on how to get interested in STEM in school

If you want to nurture your child’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), it’s important to go beyond the four walls of their classrooms. A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine revealed that only 22 percent of American high school graduates are knowledgeable in these particular subjects. In fact, the chair of the committee stated that students have limited learning experiences that are confined to reading textbooks, passive listening, and memorizing disconnected facts.

That said, the chances are that your teenager probably needs more opportunities if they are to become more interested STEM. So here are some tips that can encourage them to take most interest in STEM subjects:

Show how to apply STEM to real life

It’s hard for your child to gain an interest in STEM if they can’t see why it’s relevant to everyday life. STEM education can be pretty intensive, so the whole process can get a little overwhelming. Thus, it’s important that your child takes a step back and looks at how it is relevant to their day-to-day life.

Digital Learning emphasizes that students must also be given a chance to see the concepts come to life in a real, physical environment. Allowing them to see how robots or even statistical software are developed, which can boost their interest and their confidence in pursuing a career in STEM. The key here is to expose them to experiences that can help them understand its importance.

Provide hands-on learning experiences

Hands-on learning experiences are very important. STEM experiments and projects provide your child the opportunity to witness firsthand how cool STEM is as they get to deep dive into certain fields.

Education design consultant Karen Aronian looked at how chess incorporates math and logic, which allows kids to learn while also enjoying the challenge of playing board games. On the other hand, they can be introduced to electronics through online resources like Upverter, which is a free, web-based printed circuit board (PCB) design tool. Upverter is the educational and student-friendly version similar to the industry standard design platform Altium 365. Both platforms allow users to design, share, and manufacture electronics all in one place. Through these hands-on activities, your teen can gain first-hand experience in these academic fields.

Take them to exhibits and museums

Another great way to encourage an interest in STEM is by visiting exhibits and museums. These centers not only improve their knowledge regarding STEM subjects, but they can also pique their curiosity when it comes to certain subjects.

Orlando Science Center is a staunch advocate of STEM learning through museums and their exhibits. This is an avenue to introduce teens to new and exciting STEM concepts. For instance, the Flight Lab allows visitors to learn more about aviation through virtual reality simulators. 

Held annually at OSC, Otronicon Interactive Tech Convention has created a rich environment for active STEM learning through hands-on exhibits, tech demonstrations, industry-professional-led workshops and panels, gaming competitions, and much more, connecting Central Florida audiences to industry experts and innovative tech that is driving the future.

 

Connect your child to a mentor

The teachers in your teen’s school can be the key to igniting their interest in STEM. By connecting them to a mentor, it will enable them to receive career advice which will help them map out a career path in STEM. This is even more significant for girls who want to join male-dominated fields, such as engineering and computer science.

If your child has a good role model in their school, encourage your teen to interact and learn more from this specific teacher. STEM after school clubs are a great place to meet good mentors. They provide them with an opportunity to talk about their interests with like-minded students. This allows their ideas to flourish, further encouraging them to delve deeper with regard to STEM topics.

At the end of the day, your teen will be more interested in STEM if they have opportunities to learn more about the subjects they are interested in. As a parent, you provide support by broadening their exposure to professionals and real-life STEM applications.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition With Publix Super Markets Charities

Publix Super Markets Charities helps you celebrate another revolution around the sun!

Giving back is something that came easily to Publix Super Markets’ founder, George W. Jenkins. He attributed his success to generously dedicating his time and financial support to several charitable causes and investing in his own employees. Mr. George, as he was affectionately known, was once asked, “If you hadn’t given away so much, how much do you think you’d be worth today?” To which his response was, “Probably nothing.” Publix Super Markets Charities was established in 1966 by the company founder to fulfill his legacy of giving back to the community and has successfully achieved that for decades since its inception.

The depth and breadth of the foundation’s impact is far- reaching and continues to grow. It spurs change and improves the lives of people within the communities in which Publix operates through the support of an array of nonprofit organizations throughout the southeast region. To ensure their philanthropic endeavor of building healthier communities, the foundation focuses its support on initiatives for youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness.

For more than 25 years, Publix Super Markets Charities has been a long-standing partner of Orlando Science Center, helping us meet the STEM learning needs of Central Florida. If you have ever hosted or had the opportunity to attend a birthday party here, you have Publix Super Markets Charities to thank for it. From space exploration and chemistry to paleontology and zoology, we provide live demonstrations, engaging experiments, and encourage creativity during your loved one’s special day. Our birthday party program is made possible through a sponsorship from Publix Super Markets Charities.

a group of kids at a birthday party doing a computer project

Throughout the years, the foundation has helped ensure science learning for everyone through their sponsorship of our accessibility program, Science for All. The Explore It! area in KidsTown, our state-of-the-art early childhood exhibit, was made possible through generous support from Publix Super Markets Charities as part of our Unlock Science campaign.

With their generous support, the Science Center provides unique and engaging STEM learning experiences for children and their families throughout Central Florida. We are very proud to honor Publix Super Markets Charities as a member of our Medallion Society, which is an extraordinary group of our most generous supporters. Medallion Society members are leaders in philanthropy through lifetime gifts of $1 million or more benefiting our mission to inspire science learning for life.

STEM learning is critical to community prosperity. Publix Super Markets Charities serves an important role in our ability to impact children and their families. We are grateful for our longtime partnership and proud to honor them as a member of our Medallion Society. 

JoAnn Newman
President & CEO of Orlando Science Center
a little girl digging up fake dinosaur bones

Dedication and support from the foundation enables us to continue providing innovative and engaging learning experiences to help our community grow and prosper. Learn more about Publix Super Markets Charities and its impact today. 

Orlando Science Center Wedding Options for Every Couple

Say "I do" to Orlando Science Center Weddings

With a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, Orlando Science Center sets the perfect scene for an unforgettable wedding! Whether you’re looking for an epic Star Wars adventure, a fairy tale ending, a classic celebration, or anything in between, Orlando Science Center has everything you’ll need to tie the knot in your very own style.

With an Orlando Science Center wedding, not only will you have the opportunity to make the space your own, you’ll also be providing mission-enabling support to our organization, ensuring that inspiring and engaging educational experiences are available for curious minds of all ages throughout our community and beyond. 

wedding at sunset on orlando science center terrace
PB&J studios
Dinner tables set up around a t-rex
Rudy & Marta Photography

Tie the knot with a ceremony on the terrace, enjoy cocktail hour as the sun sets in the distance overlooking “The City Beautiful” or dance the night away under a canopy of market lights during a moonlit reception. The terrace invites each couples’ unique style, taste, and personality to take shape in our most customizable space. It also provides plenty of room for dinner, dancing, and all of your wedding celebration!

Looking for some larger-than-life wedding guests? Look no further than DinoDigs! This one-of-a-kind space boasts dramatically high ceilings and epic photo backdrops, ensuring a memorable reception or cocktail hour. Guests are sure to have a pre-historic good time taking a selfie with one of many dinosaurs, digging for fossils, or roaring alongside an animatronic dino. DinoDigs provides a unique, whimsical, and exciting atmosphere unlike anything in Orlando. 

Next, stroll into the Our Planet exhibit for a ceremony space that is out-of-this world, or a fun interactive cocktail hour. Say “I Do” in front of a suspended globe with projected images of Mars, the Moon, or even objects from galaxies far far away. Watch as guests unearth the wonders of Our Planet during cocktail hour with an array of engaging hands-on exhibits and let science set the scene!

Worried about the weather? Don’t be. Orlando Science Center wedding packages include plans for a weather back-up just a couple of feet away inside our facility. If there’s one thing we know about planning a Florida wedding, it’s that weather backups are a must!

Floating sphere with stars
Lisa Marshall Photography

You’ve picked your venue, now what?

Our events team is here to help! From recommendations, creating room diagrams, and contacting and scheduling vendors to conducting rehearsals the day before, setting up décor, and sending everyone down the aisle on the big day, our events team will assist in every step of the way to help make your wedding dreams come true! 

 Your wedding venue should be a reflection of who you are. When your guests arrive, they’ll know they stepped into a place that captures the essence of your relationship.

Adventure seekers, constantly curious, epically fun, uniquely different. If these describe you and your partner, then you may have just found your wedding’s home. Contact Helen Tillem at htillem@osc.org or visit osc.org/weddings to book your event now.

Groom in Darth Vader mask dipping Stormtrooper in a dress
SB Vision

Central Florida Wedding Showcase ♥ Unveil 2021 Wedding Vendor Recap

From dancing to decor, meet some of the best vendors around, all in Central Florida wedding showcase! 

Unveil is Orlando Science Center’s annual wedding showcase. We invite couples who are wedding planning in Central Florida to see our event spaces dressed to the nines, and give them the opportunity to meet with some of our favorite wedding vendors! Couples can leave with a clear picture of how their wedding venue can look and a list of all of the vendors they need to start planning the wedding of their dreams. This event offers a unique opportunity for engaged couples to experience the Science Center in wedding mode as opposed to museum mode – after hours, beautiful décor, perfect lighting, dance floor, and all!

One of the best parts about Unveil is the incredible vendors who participate and truly make this showcase a one-stop-shop for wedding planning. Our preferred vendors are some of the best in Central Florida, and the way they transform OSC into a picture-perfect wedding venue never ceases to amaze us!  Our Unveil vendors have you covered with everything from florals and lighting, to candy tables and pet sitter services.

Our wedding packages include access to all three of our event spaces, and couples who attended Unveil were able to see these spaces set for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Apart from helping them envision what their wedding could look like at one of the most unique event spaces in Central Florida, Unveil gave couples a chance to see what our vendors could do for them at OSC!

We are also excited to announce that our Central Florida wedding showcase will be a bi-annual event, with another Unveiling of Orlando Science Center on August 18th, 2021! Check out updates on our Unveil Wedding Showcase, or learn how to start planning your OSC wedding!

Check out photos of our Unveil February 2021 event, and our incredible vendors who made it all possible:

  • Florals provided by Flowers by Lesley
  • Furniture provided by Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals
  • Lighting provided by Junction 88 Productions
  • Drapery provided by Swag Decor
  • Terrace Styling by Pavone Events
  • Photos provided by Ashley Jane Photography and Live Happy Studios

Caterers who’ll make your day delicious!

Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering

Contact information:

407-331-1993
info@arthurscatering.com

Caterer preparing food
Caterer preparing food at Central Florida wedding showcase

Premier Event Services

Contact information:

Jeremy Tirpak
407-285-0284
sales@premiereventservices.net

Food buffet in dinosaur exhibit
A nicely folded cloth napkin on a nice place

Puff ‘n Stuff

Contact information:

Event Planning Team
407-629-7833
weddings@puffnstuff.com   

 

a table with pink cloth decorated with food and flowers
a close up of a decorated table with flowers and candles at Central Florida wedding showcase

Entertainment for every type of wedding!

Junction 88 Productions

Contact information:

M.J. Farb
407-293-2728
DJMJ@junction88.com

 

chairs set up for a wedding with purple lighting and a moon backdrop
Junction 88 wedding entertainment sign

Our DJ Rocks

Contact information:

Kristin Wilson
407-509-9786
info@ourdjrocks.com

 

DJ booth on the terrace

Photobooth Rocks

Contact information:

Jennie Smith
407-509-9786
jennie@photoboothrocks.com

a DJ booth on the terrace

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos

Contact information:

Nate Rodriguez
407-988-6015
nate@ felixandfingers.com

two musicians at dueling pianos

Jeff Scott Guitarist

Contact information:

Jeff Scott
407-365-3601
jsgtrman@yahoo.com

Jeff Scott playing a guitar

Photography & videography to remember the wedding of your dreams!

Ashley Jane Photography

Contact information:

Ashley Jane
563-528-1152
ashley@ashleyjane-photography.com

a table of photo books in front of a dinosaur

Live Happy Studio

Contact information:

Kellie Warren
407-221-4379
kellie@livehappystudio.com

Rudy & Marta Photography

Contact information:

Rudy Montilla
321-270-9524
info@rudyandmarta.com

A sign for Rudy & Marta Photography at Central Florida wedding showcase

Desserts for every sweet tooth!

Espresso Events

Contact information:

Mark Covey
407-718-9210
espressoeventsorlando@gmail.com

an espresso cart and table of sweets
a close up of flavored coffee syrups

Florida Candy Buffets

Contact information:

Farida Wazir
407-529-5880
Farida@floridacandybuffets.com

a table of food and decor in front of dinosaur fossils
cookies decorated with wedding rings
truffles displayed in a glass case

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Contact information:

Karissa Steffen, Catering Manager
407-790-7257
catering@kellyshomemadeicecream.com

Kellys homemade ice cream flavors: chocolate peanut butter brownie, strawberry, passion fruit sorbet
A stack of Kellys Homemade Ice Cream cups

Sugar Divas Cakery

Contact information:

407-745-5594
info@sugardivascakery.com

a wedding cake in front of a T. Rex
A white wedding cake

Officiants to help you say the perfect “I Do’s”

The Ginger Officiant

Contact information:

Catherine Pick
386-383-2726
hello@thegingerofficiant.com

A table advertising The Ginger Officiant
The Ginger Officiant

Orlando Ceremonies by Kelly

Contact information:

Kelly
407-614-4645
orlandoceremoniesbykelly@gmail.com

Ceremonies by Kelly

Florist extraordinaire! 

Flowers by Lesley

Contact information:

Lesley Tweed
407 694 0624
Lesley@Flowersbylesley.com

flowers in a checked vase with a checkered dance floor in the background
a table full of flower arrangements
orange yellow red and pink flowers in a vase
Flowers around a lantern at the start of the aisle
Flowers arranged on a crescent moon structure

Rentals to make any space your own

Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals

Contact information:

Brittney Bouche
407-739-5740
brittney@orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com

the terrace decorated for a wedding with chairs and a flower sculpture
clear chairs with a moon and flowers in the background
Giant letters lit up spelling out LOVE
an elegant table setting
a display of different table settings
tables in front of a flower curtain backdrop
a wedding table with place settings and flowers in front of a dinosaur

Swag Décor

Contact information:

Tommy Murphy
407-666-9123
Tommy.Murphy@swagdecor.com

flower curtain backdrops

Orlando Flower Walls

Contact information:

Angelica Rodriguez
407- 917-9990
info@orlandoflowerwalls.com

pink, white, and red flower wall
a couple taking a selfie in front of a white rose flower wall

Planning services that’ll be your guiding hand through it all!

Pavone Events

Contact information:

Andrea Pavone
321-297-7083
andrea@pavoneevents.com

A display of signs and flowers for Pavone wedding services
A flower display from Pavone Wedding Services

Wedding Venue Map

Contact information:

Shannon Tarrant
407-917-6714
hello@weddingvenuemap.com

a display for Wedding Venue Map

JOMO Elopement & Honeymoon Planning

Contact information:

Dana Colvin
407-744-5580
dana@heyjomo.com

a display for JMO Elopement & Honeymoon Planning

Beauty!!

Bridal by OUAB

Contact information:

Jolie Murray
407-738-8246
Jolie@bridalbyouab.com

A sign reading: Bridal and makeup for the fun loving, love obsessed bride

The Bridal Finery

Contact information:

Tali Gallo
407-960-5225
tali@thebridalfinery.com

A display of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets
wedding dresses

It’s all in the details!

Aloft Orlando Downtown

Contact information:

Laurin Fuller, Director of Sales
407-658-9333
laurin.fuller@aloftorlandodowntown.com

A wall of green with a display of photos

Apollo’s Chariots

Contact information:

407-490-3313
info@apolloschariots.com

FairyTail Pet Care

Contact information:

Ilana Karcinski / Kelly Maronpot
813-701-9663
woof@fairytailpet.com

a table display for Fairytale Pet Care

Omarvolous Productions

Contact information:

Marianthy Troupos Mendez
321-251-0017
mtroupos@omarvelousproductions.com

A sign for Omarvolous Production

Tootles Event Sitters

Contact information:

Tyneshia Perine & Marcia Van de Kieft
407-349-7749
Info@TootlesEventSitters.com

 

a booth of fun kids toys

 

Otronicon shares a big sustainability message with the Tiny Green Home

This Tiny Green Home is making a BIG difference!

Visitors to Otronicon on February 12-15 will see green when they check out our Tiny Green Home, a hands-on experience to increase sustainability education and awareness in Central Florida. Built by Orlando Utilities Commission, the City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center, the 200-square-foot home will premiere to the public during Otronicon and be available for scheduled tours throughout the event.

This diminutive abode offers a hands-on experience through interactive displays that educate visitors on energy and water conservation measures, sustainability rebates, vehicle electrification, renewables, composting, food gardens and other efficiency methods. It includes a functioning roof-top solar array and a rain barrel to collect and conserve water, among other green features visitors can add to their own homes.

Part of the American Cities Climate Challenge grant, the $100,000 project is funded equally by OUC and the City, along with a $15,000 grant from The Natural Resources Defense Council. 

The Tiny Green Home, a partnership between OUC, the City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center, is an educational resource showcasing the benefits of:

  1. Energy and water conservation
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Sustainability rebates
  4. Vehicle electrification,
  5. Composting
  6. Growing your own food
  7. Sustainability programs from OUC, the City, and OSC.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this tiny home’s big message about sustainability. Tours will be scheduled during Otronicon and included with event admission. Following Otronicon, The Tiny Green Home will be available again for touring during Spring Break, March 12-21.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

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For more information, please call 407.514.2000.