Just because school is on a break doesn’t mean the learning has to stop!
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 including winter and spring break.
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. Campers will explore a variety of hands-on science topics in a classroom setting, outdoors, and in our exhibit halls!
Hours & Registration
Break camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Early and late care are provided at no additional cost. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:00 p.m. A late fee applies after 6:00 p.m.
2018-2019 Break Camp Dates
K-2: Ocean Explorers
Put on your scuba gear and dive deep into the underwater world of the ocean. From jellyfish that glow to underwater volcanoes; you’ll never guess what we’ll find under the sea!
3-5: Rockin’ Out
Rocks rule! Dig into an underground world of rattling earthquakes, erupting volcanoes and soaring mountains as you investigate why and how the earth changes every day.
K-2: Pokémon Evolve
Are you ready to complete your own Pokédex? Explore the amazing animals and environments that are the inspiration for Pokémon. Master the skills you’ll need to create your own fantastic creatures and go on a fun scavenger hunt to catch ‘em all! Pokémon is a registered trademark of Nintendo, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
3-5: Our World of Minecraft
Obsessed with the world of Minecraft? Bring it to life one block at a time while defending your creation from Creepers. We’ll explore gravity and test how the physics of this compelling game compares to the world around us. Minecraft is a registered trademark of MOJANG SYNERGIES AB, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
K-2: Dream It, Build It
Can you build moving machines that zoom through the room? Can you create a castle that can withstand an enemy attack? If you can dream it, you can build it using STEM skills that will have you cheering for engineering
3-5: Lasers Engage!
Spend your day moving at light speed with activities that will shine some light on lasers and the light spectrum. Experiment with UV rays, observe the light of distant stars and create a laser defense system to protect your base.
K-2: Pet Vets
What do you do when a crocodile has a toothache? How do you check a shark’s pulse? When our furry (and scaly) friends get sick, the veterinarian is there to make them feel better. Spend some time in vet school and get hands-on experience caring for your favorite animals!
3-5: OSC La-BOR-atory
Using science to make things explode, light up, and change color is awesome, but how does it all work? We’ll explore the physics and chemistry behind explosions, electricity, and new strange chemical creations – safely, of course.
December 31 - January 4
Preschool: “STEM into Fairy Tales”
How will the 3 Billy Goats Gruff construct a structure to get across the river? What will Jack and the Beanstalk need to grow a bean plant? How do the 3 Little Bears put their things back together after Goldilocks comes for a visit? STEM into Fairytales will use our five senses, science, technology, engineering and math along with who, what, where and why questions to get their jobs done.
K-2: Who Loves Robots? WEDO!
Test your STEM skills by building a chomping alligator and a rocking boat, all from LEGO Education WeDo® robotics! Discover the basic principles of robotics by putting gears, levers and wheels to work. LEGO is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
New! 3-5: Robot Revolution: Vex vs Mindstorm
Bring Robots to life! With LEGO Mindstorm and VEX Robotics, we’ll learn the basics of robotic design and programming, then put our robots to work performing tasks and solving problems. LEGO is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site. VEX and VEX Robotics are trademarks or service marks of Innovation First International, Inc. which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
K-2: Junior Astronauts
Strap in for a journey to the Sun, Moon and the amazing planets that call our solar system home! Train like an astronaut and plan your mission before you touch down on the rocky red surface of Mars.
3-5: Space Madness
Are you mad for Space Science? Why are there different constellations visible during different seasons? How does our Sun provide energy for living things on Earth? Why can’t we live on Venus? Come help us explore the answers to these questions and more as we learn about our place in Space.
New! K-2: Adventurous Adaptations
Have you ever wondered why a zebra has stripes? Or why an alligator has so many teeth? Get answers to these questions and more as we step into the role of junior biologists to explore the exciting world of animal adaptations!
New! 3-5: No Bones About It
Travel through time and excavate Florida’s past! Become an anthropologist for the day and learn to survey land, set dig sites, and collect data to uncover the mysteries of history. Remember that artifact belongs in a museum!
Preschool: Construction Junction
Calling all budding engineers and architects! How does a structure stay balanced or work with gravity? Can we construct a bridge or building using magnetic tiles, water noodles or popsicle sticks? We will challenge our creative side to construct buildings, bridges and communities for people and animals. Don’t forget your hard hat and safety goggles!
New! K-2: Turtle Trek
What's the difference between a turtle and tortoise? Become a turtle expert and discover their amazing physical adaptations, swimming speed, and powerful shells. At the end of our journey, you will become an ectothermic conservation expert!
New! 3-5: Superhero Science
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it’s Superhero Science! Harness the power of the elements, master magnetism, and race to super speeds. It’s the science behind super powers!