Makerspace Workshops For Adults This Summer at Orlando Science Center

This summer, Orlando Science Center is open until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through August 10! Since these hours are a little late, the team in The Hive: A Makerspace presented by The Isaacs Family has put together some amazing adult-friendly workshops for all of you kids at heart.


If you’ve got the fever for arts and crafts, the only prescription is more making! Fuel your creativity with specially crafted makerspace workshops — perfect for a unique date night or family bonding. From sashiko embroidery to DIY Mouse Ears, each weekend of Science After Sundown offers an engaging and exciting new workshop for you to participate in!


The following workshops are limited seating. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to queue for tickets, which will be passed out on a first come, first served basis. 


All workshops, except for Sashiko Embroidery will be held at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

July 5 and 6: DIY Mouse Ear Headband

Why buy when you can DIY? Skip the long lines at the theme parks and make your own DIY Mouse Ear Headband in The Hive. Create your mousy masterpiece using flowers, 3D printed parts, fabric and more!

July 12 and 13: Block Printing

Leave an impression on your date with our Block Printing workshop! Learn how to carve a rubber stamp and print on paper or fabric! Must be 13 or older to participate in this workshop.

July 19 and 20: Sashiko Embroidery 

The sashiko sewing method originated in ancient Japan as a way to combine decorative technique with mending and quilting. Bring your worn and torn denim for a workshop on how to mend, patch, and embellish your clothes with Japanese sashiko embroidery. This is an open make, so stop in anytime beginning at 8:00 p.m.!

July 26 and 27: Upcycled Self-Watering Planter


If you have a habit of forgetting to water your plants, this workshop will be a lifesaver…literally. Learn how to turn a plastic tote, 5 gallon bucket, or leftover large plastic container into a self-watering planter for small space vegetable gardening. Your veggies will thank you!


*Supplies are limited so we encourage you to bring your own bin to ensure you'll get to participate! Plastic materials that would work are large detergent containers, one gallon jugs, 2-liter soda bottles, cat litter containers, and large buckets!

August 2 and 3: Test Tube Propagation Station

Create your own miniature jungle with this unbeleafably fun workshop! Learn basic woodworking skills by making a test tube propagation station to root your plant cutting. Plant propagation may sound complicated, but simply put, it’s an easy way to create new plants from existing ones. Must be 13 or older to participate in this workshop.

August 9 and 10: TBD


Workshops are included with admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 3 – 11).


*Schedule subject to change


Join us on June 15 and 16 for MakeFest at Orlando Science center to celebrate the one year anniversary of The Hive: A Makerspace and create your own masterpiece with the help of local craftspeople!


Join us on June 15 and 16 for MakeFest at Orlando Science center to celebrate the one year anniversary of The Hive: A Makerspace and create your own masterpiece with the help of local craftspeople!

MakeFest is This Weekend!

Join us on June 15 and 16 for a weekend full of making at Orlando Science Center!

Feeling crafty? Orlando Science Center’s MakeFest is right around the corner, featuring special programming in The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by The Isaacs Family, to celebrate the anniversary of its opening. Uncover your hidden talent, experiment with new ways to solve everyday problems and bring your creative ideas to life!


Learn how to become a creator, rather than a consumer with a variety of workshops and classes. Makers from across Central Florida will be in the building to share their creations and teach their crafts. From robotics to watercolor painting and sewing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Don’t miss these making opportunities!
  • Zine-Making: Learn how to design your own miniature publication with Orlando Girls Rock Camp.
  •  Wheel throwing: Porch Pottery will be demonstrating wheel throwing and making pieces throughout the day; Saturday June 15 only.
  • Collaborative collage: Stop by Creative Core to add your unique element to their collaborative collage! Saturday, June 15 only.
  • Loom weaving demonstrations: Discover how looms are used to produce intricate cloth and tapestry designs.
  • Stained glass demonstrations: Conrad Pickel Studios will be set up in The Hive, showing guests how Stained Glass creations are made.
  • Watercolor lessons: Gain skills in this beautiful medium (click here for a watercolor painting of Orlando Science Center!). Central Florida Watercolor Society will also host a workshop in The Hive on Saturday, June 22.
  • Robot showcase: FIRST Robotoics teams will be here, showing off their impressive robots. Did we mention middle and high schoolers built these?
  • Optics and Photonics: Not sure what this means? CREOL will be at MakeFest, showing guests how everyday objects can be turned into an interesting optical phenomena. Items include a Schlieren imaging device, and something called soy-sauce optics…consider us intrigued.
  • Orlando Sewical: Learn how to create sewn bookmarks, crotchet hair braids and bracelets, and observe a knitting demo.
  • Play Roboperation: A robotic twist on the classic game Operation with the Melrose Center! Plus, make or take a pop-up card, get a garden started with seed paper giveaways and solve laser cut puzzles before the clock runs out!
  • Iron Man suit viewing: Learn how Dorian Alberti created a suit for this popular superhero. Saturday, June 15 only.
  • Power Racer Cars: Discover how the folks of MakerFX rev their engines, plus make a button!
  • Super Cool Awesome Pottery: Head to DinoDigs to see canvas painting, clay sculptures and more!


If you can’t attend MakeFest weekend, catch a workshop or open make in The Hive: A Makerspace all month long to celebrate the National Month of Making. Activities include 3D Design for Printing, Machine Sewing 101 and more! Click here for more information.


Orlando Science Center’s Make Fest is included with general admission, which is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, $15 for youth (ages 3-11), and free for children two and under. Admission includes access to all four floors of hands-on exhibits, giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, 3D films in the Digital Adventure Theater and live programming.