Star-Studded Evenings

Fridays & Saturday evenings from 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Join us this fall and winter for Star-Studded Evenings! This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory*, participate in a workshop in The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by The Isaacs Family and see an Artificial Intelligence-themed feature-length film for just $10 per person after 5:00 p.m. (free for OSC members)!

 

Star-Studded Evenings are perfect for a date night, or just a fun night out with the family! 

Observatory

Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Observatory, weather permitting. Our 10″ Byers refracting telescope is used to look at various celestial objects, depending on what is visible in the night sky during the season, as well as 8″ and 10″ reflecting telescopes. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!


The Hive: A Makerspace Workshops

All-new to Star-Studded Evenings, adult-friendly workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace! Unleash your inner creativity at night with workshops like Machine Sewing, Block Printing, and many more! Each workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will typically run for two hours. 

 

Please note these workshops are limited capacity. Guests can reserve tickets (no additional cost) at the admissions desk beginning at 5:00 p.m. Each workshop will have a suggested donation cost that goes to supplies for the workshops. The Hive A Makerspace is for ages 8+ only. 

November Workshop Schedule: 

November 8 & 9: Block Printing

Get started with pattern printmaking as you design and carve a custom stamp block and print your own cotton bandana!

 

November 15 & 16: Machine Sewing for Adults

Learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine and use those skills to create a simple drawstring bag.

 

November 22 & 23: Sashiko Embroidery

Use a basic running stitch to create a multitude of repeating patterns. Bring in your own article of clothing to customize (pocket t-shirts or jackets work great!) or make a tiny sachet or pincushion.

 

November 29 & 30: Terrariums

Create a tiny world in a jar using moss, plants, and tiny figurines.

 

Artificial Intelligence Films

From The Matrix to I, Robot and more, discover the different ways AI has been portrayed in Hollywood during Star-Studded Evenings! Click here to learn more. Different Hollywood films will also be on rotation during Star-Studded evenings. To find out what will be playing on the night of your visit, please check the theater schedule before you arrive.

 

Please note that exhibit halls will be closed during Star-Studded Evenings. 

Top Five Ways To Begin A Stargazing Hobby

Ever find yourself looking to the shimmering, starry night sky wanting to learn more about what cosmos and constellations are above you? Astronomy can be an expensive hobby, but the good news is you don’t need a telescope to enjoy the night sky! Our space experts here at Orlando Science Center have compiled the best stargazing tips for beginners, so you can enjoy the stars and constellations above.

 

If you find that you can’t get enough of stargazing, head to Orlando Science Center to peer through telescopes on the terrace* during Science After Sundown on Fridays and Saturday evenings through August 10. Additionally, from November 8 to February 22 you can enjoy the observatory* and telescopes during Star-Studded evenings! 

 

For even more space during the summer, check out our roster of celestial films like "Apollo 11: First Steps Edition," "First Man," "Journey to Space" and more! Click here for showtimes.

 

*Weather permitting.

 

  1. Star Finder App –If you are unfamiliar with navigating the night sky, you’ll want to bring a star finder app to assist. There are several options available for both iOS and Android like Star Walk, Sky Guide, or even Google Sky Map. If you are serious about learning the sky, you may also want to consider printing out some star maps and learning how navigate by hand. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself in not time!
  2. Red Flashlight – If you’ve ever been to our observatory, you probably noticed that we only use red light when stargazing. Red light is the lowest energy form of visible light and so allows us to keep our night vision intact, therefore allowing us to see the sky in more detail. You can also change the display on your phone to show red light so that you can use your device without sacrificing visibility. Click here for an inexpensive and highly reviewed red flashlight from Amazon, and if you’d like to help out Orlando Science Center at the same time, please consider using smile.amazon.com and making Orlando Science Center your preferred charity. By doing so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to support our engaging programs and exhibits.
  3. Chairs and Blankets – If you are going to be trekking to a dark area to stargaze, you may want to stay a while. So why not be comfortable? Make sure to bring some folding chairs or blankets so you can sit back and watch the sky for hours.
  4. Bottles of Water – Anywhere that is dark enough for sky viewing is likely not going to have a clean source of drinking water. You’ll want to bring some reusable bottles of water to stay hydrated. And maybe your favorite snacks! Remember, if you venture out into nature leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures and kill nothing but time. If you do bring snacks, remember to take the wrappers and any other trash home with you.
  5. Bug spray – Any time you are going to be outside for any significant length of time, you’ll definitely want to bring some bug spray. This is especially true in Florida and especially, especially true in summer.