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.

Science Night Live Brings A Special Guest Speaker All The Way From THE Smithsonian!

Science Night Live, Orlando Science Center’s unique adults’ night out, is back on Saturday, August 17!

Orlando Science Center is thrilled to host a very special guest speaker all the way all the way from the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History! For one night only, guests 21 and up are invited to join Amy Bolton, the Lead Educator for Deep Time at The Smithsonian as she presents Lessons From the Field: An Educator’s Journey Distilling Paleontology For Museum Audiences.  Plus, enjoy an evening of hands-on workshops, prehistoric experiments, and explore the Science Center without the kids!


Join Amy Bolton as she explores her experiences working with paleontologists that have helped her turn complex scientific concepts into accessible and engaging learning moments for guests of the brand-new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time exhibit at The Smithsonian. The new exhibit explores our planet’s 4.6 billion years of history, and Amy’s team worked to bring deep time to life in an easily digestible way for anyone that explores the exhibit.


Through fossil-hunting expeditions charting ecosystems, changing through time to comparing microscopic scans of fossil gingko to chart future climate trends, Amy will share the inside scoop on how she has blended rigorous and open-ended scientific discovery with the similarly open-ended process of informal Museum exploration.

Deep Time Exhibit, Image courtesy of the Smithsonian

“Awe, wonder, curiosity and surprise. When I walk through the National Museum of Natural History’s exhibitions, these are the reactions I see in the visitors. It gives me hope because my job is to design and develop activities where almost anyone visiting the Museum can learn something new about the natural world. So I use that enthusiasm to ignite a fun, engaging learning opportunity.” – Amy Bolton on her work at The Smithsonian.


Learn more about Amy Bolton's exciting career for one night only at adults-only Science Night Live on August 17! Click here to RSVP on Facebook. 


Tickets have been known to sell out for this event, so get your $16 ticket today by clicking the button below! Members of Orlando Science Center receive FREE admission with promo code. To renew or purchase a membership click here

After you've heard from Amy, don't forget to sit it on the Synesthesia panel! Learn about this neurological anomaly from two synesthetes and a neuropsychologist. Click here to learn more about the panelists.


PLUS: participate in knot-tying or map making in The Hive: A Makerspace, screen print your own poster with a dino on it, enjoy prehistoric experiments in Dr. Dare's Lab, and explore Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer, presented by Nemours Children's Health System one last time – without the kids!