Early Childhood Education

STEM Discovery Center

It’s never too early to introduce your child to the wonder and curiosity that comes with science learning. Orlando Science Center offers early childhood workshops in a classroom setting to engage your youngest learners in hands-on STEM!

A group of toddlers and caretakers sit in a circle and listen to an educator during the Little Explorers program.

In a Little Explorers workshop (ages 18 to 36 months), you and your child will participate in station-based science activities in a small group classroom setting. You’ll learn how to incorporate science into your daily routine at home, while your child is introduced to new knowledge and sensory experiences. This workshop is designed for one child and one caregiver to attend together. Additional siblings may attend if they have their own accompanying caregiver. Due to the design of the class, infants and older siblings are not allowed

An educator shows preschoolers how to use magnet bars to pick up objects.

Pint-Sized Science (ages 3 to 5 years) is a three-hour workshop designed for children to learn through hands-on play, work as a team, gain independence, and become comfortable with a classroom setting. Drop off your child to engage in station-based activities in the studio and explore the other exhibits in KidsTown. 

Topics & Dates for Fall 2018

September: Story Time - Eric Carle

Little Explorers: Monday 9/10 or Tuesday 9/11 

Pint-Sized Science: Friday 9/14

 

Get ready to dive into the world of Eric Carle and his friends as we explore the science and art behind stories, such as The Grouchy Ladybug, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

September: Creepy Crawlies

Little Explorers: Monday 9/24 or Tuesday 9/25
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 9/28

 

Don’t squish that bug! Even though they give many people the heebie-geebies, bugs play all kinds of important roles in our lives and our world. Come learn all about the awesome ways they contribute to our planet!

October: Up, Up, and Away!

Little Explorers: Monday 10/8 or Tuesday 10/9
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 10/12

 

Soaring through the sky are all kinds of awesome forms of transportation, and you’ve probably experienced one first hand! Come discover the science behind how these planes, helicopters, and rockets are able to fly through the sky!

October: Spooky Science

Little Explorers: Monday 10/22 or Tuesday 10/23
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 10/26

 

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls oh my! Join us as we discover the science behind some spooky things – like gooey slime, eerie fog, and dancing skeletons!

November: Who's Gross? We are!

Little Explorers: Monday 11/5 or Tuesday 11/6
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 11/9

 

You’re body has a lot of working parts that keep you healthy, and some might even make you say, “Ewwwww!” Come get grossed out as we learn about the cool things that occur inside your human body and how these and other body parts that allow your amazing human body to move, think, and live!

November: Kitchen Chemistry

Little Explorers: Monday 11/26 or Tuesday 11/27
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 11/30

 

Did you know your kitchen is a secret chemistry lab? Grab a pair of goggles and a lab coat and get ready to create mixtures, solutions, and reactions using everyday things from the kitchen!

December: My World Changes

Little Explorers: Monday 12/3 or Tuesday 12/4
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 12/7

 

Spring, summer, fall and winter – the seasons bring beautiful changes to Earth. Come discover the science behind why these changes occur, as well as the unique events that can occur during each season.

December: Winter Science

Little Explorers: Monday 12/10 or Tuesday 12/11
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 12/14

 

Come unlock the mysteries behind “cool science” as we explore and experiment with the fascinating physical and chemical properties of ice, snow, liquid nitrogen, and more!

Topics & Dates for Spring 2019

February: Dinosaur Roar

Little Explorers: Monday 2/4 or Tuesday 2/5 
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 2/8 

 

Come explore the lives of all kinds of dinosaurs from the great Tyrannosaurs Rex to the humble Brachiosaurus! Discover how they moved, what they ate, and how they spent their days roaming the earth. 

February: Little Bits and Bots

Little Explorers: Monday 2/18 or Tuesday 2/19
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 2/22

 

Come make some new friends with Code-A-Pillar, Dash, and Ozobot as we explore the not-so-scary world of robotics and computer science!

March: Story Time - Dr. Seuss

Little Explorers: Monday 3/4 or Tuesday 3/5 
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 3/8

 

One book, two books, three books galore! Come along and explore the science behind three popular Dr. Seuss books – Horton Hears a Who, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and The Lorax. 

March: Out Of This World

Little Explorers: Monday 3/11 or Tuesday 3/12 
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 3/15 

 

3…2…1 – BLAST OFF! Climb aboard our space shuttle as we rocket to The Moon, roar by all eight planets, and say hello to The Sun and his starry friends!

April: Can We Build it? Yes We Can! 

Little Explorers: Monday 4/8 or Tuesday 4/9
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 4/12

 

When you’ve got a problem, how do you solve it? Welcome to the world of Engineers, where you’ll practice problem-solving, communication, and teamwork to solve some pretty tricky (but fun!) design problems.

April: Our Home Planet 

Little Explorers: Monday 4/22 or Tuesday 4/23 
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 4/26 

 

Our home planet, Earth, is home to a number of plants and animals that make it the perfect place to live in our galaxy. Join us as we investigate what makes our planet so unique, and what we can do to keep it beautiful and healthy for as long as possible! 

May: My World Changes

Little Explorers: Monday 12/3 or Tuesday 12/4
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 12/7

 

Spring, summer, fall and winter – the seasons bring beautiful changes to Earth. Come discover the science behind why these changes occur, as well as the unique events that can occur during each season.

May: Winter Science

Little Explorers: Monday 12/12 or Tuesday 12/11
Pint-Sized Science: Friday 12/14

 

Come unlock the mysteries behind “cool science” as we explore and experiment with the fascinating physical and chemical properties of ice, snow, liquid nitrogen, and more!

 

 

 

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Little Explorers

(ages 18 to 36 months)

 

Workshop Information

1 workshop = 60 minutes

This workshop has two times to choose from:

Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Fees

Member Workshop Fee – $22

Non-Member Workshop Fee – $28

Per one adult/one child pair per workshop.

 

Member Semester Bundle – $176

Non-Member Semester Bundle – $224

Per one adult/one child pair for all 8 workshops in the Fall Semester.

Pint-Sized Science

(ages 3 to 5 years)

 

Program Information 

1 Program = One 3-hour session 

All program times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  

 

Fees 

Member Program Fee – $45 

Non-Member Program Fee – $55 

Per one child for one program session. 

  

Member Semester Bundle – $320 

Non-Member Semester Bundle – $400 

Per one child for all Fall Semester program sessions.