Virtual Preschool Connect

For children 3 – 5 years old, preschool is important time in a young child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical skills and abilities as they build a broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.

Introducing STEM at an early age engages a child’s natural love to explore, observe, discover, and create their environment around them.

Virtual learning can offer a child and caregiver age/developmentally appropriate themed content, activities and resources for their child’s learning process with an early childhood teacher’s guidance.

Now enrolling. Contact the Preschool Office at 407.514.2166 for more information. Due to limited availability, please act now to guarantee a space for your child.

Virtual Preschool Connection Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Welcome, introduction of day’s themed content, related story

Teacher explicit led instruction of activity

Guided instruction of STEM activity

Enrichment / Home Connection Activity

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Preschool caregiver support for questions, resources, follow up

Weekly Themes & Dates

5 Sense Explorers – What are our 5 Senses

My Many Colored Days – Colors and Feelings

My Amazing Body – Fitness, muscles, bones

Feast for 10 – Food to feed our body

Our Four Seasons – Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Shapes All Around Us – 2D and 3D shapes

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Transportation

Bugs, Bugs Everywhere – Insects vs Spiders

Growing in our Garden – Seeds, Plants, Grow cycle

Land and Sea Animals – Differences , Similarities

Hot and Cold Habitats – Arctic and Desert

Jr. Paleontologist – Dinosaurs

STEM Discovery – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Kids’ Concoctions – Kitchen items, Mixtures, Recipes

Nursery Rhyme Science – Science in a Nursery Rhyme

What’s the Weather? – Types of Weather

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is preschool important?

The importance of preschool focuses on the whole child while engaging in age/developmentally appropriate practices, hands-on play based learning and a child’s natural curiosity.

Why start STEM early?

STEM starts on day one of a person’s life. For the preschool age child they are a natural explorer, observing, discovering, creating and trying to improve things around them.

Why is it important to engage early learners?

Engaging an early learner helps to develop child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs as they build a broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.

How is virtual learning helping during the pandemic?

Virtual learning can offer a parent and child age/developmentally appropriate themed content, activities and resources for their child’s early childhood learning process.

How can parents be involved in this process?

As a parent engages with their child through their listening, observing of and talking about various content, activities and experiences this will strengthen the social, emotional and learning process as a child transitions from home life to school.

How do parents act as their child’s first teacher?

Parents are their child’s first teacher by providing everyday routines, engaging in opportunities and experiences and showing that learning is lifelong.

Why do STEM skills make sense for preschool children?

Children are natural explorers, always asking questions, always curious, discovering.

Pricing

Weekly tuition includes 1 hour daily connection, themed content, materials list, enrichment/home connection activity and 1/2 hour preschool caregiver support with early childhood teacher. Limited capacity provides for small groups in the virtual setting, which allows for more personal attention for each student during sessions. Please act now to ensure a space for your child.

Weekly

Member – $50

General Public – $60

Four Week Package

Member – $185

General Public – $225

Refund and Cancellation Policy:


A 20% processing fee will be deducted on any refund for Virtual Preschool Connection week. A refund will only be issued to cancellations processed 2 weeks prior to the reservation. Cancellations made within two weeks of the scheduled event or no-shows will forfeit any refund.

Program size is limited. Weeks are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students is not met one week prior to the program date.

Fairy Tale Weekend Presented by Florida Prepaid

Hear ye, hear ye!  

 The Kingdom of KidsTown would like to cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate Fairy Tale Weekend presented by Florida Prepaid College Plans! Steer your horse-drawn carriage over to Orlando Science Center February 8 & 9 to celebrate an enchanting weekend of STEM learning inspired by your favorite fables. 

 

By using fairy tales and stories, kids aren’t just learning, they’re excited to learn, and they take those lessons with them. Our young guests love these fables, and it’s a unique opportunity to harness that, and help children and families to write and celebrate their own story!

 

Cross the troll bridge if you dare and join us for hands-on fun! Fairy Tale Weekend is going to be one for the books! 

 

Event Table of Contents: 

 

•  Go on an enchanted quest! Adventure your way through KidsTown to help feed a hangry dragon 

 

•  Put your engineering skills to the test and see if you can build a castle worthy of royalty! 

 

•  Dress to impress! Wear your favorite family-friendly fantasy costume! 

 

•  Whether you’re a jester or a dragon, head to DinoDigs to make and take your own crown, wand, storybook, and more! 

 

•  Brew up some magic in Dr. Dare’s Lab, and learn about the chemistry behind magic potions. 

 

•  Meet real-life explorer, Dr. Pål Brekke as he shares the history and science behind the breathtaking Northern Lights.

 

COST:

Admission to Orlando Science Center is FREE for members*, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D educational films, and live programming.

 

SCIENCE FOR ALL – General Admission Access Program: 

If you have an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or WIC card with a State issued photo ID matching the name and state as the card, you qualify for a $3 admission per person for up to six individuals.

 

*Become a member for unlimited access to Orlando Science Center all year long, discounts to camps, and special member-only events!

KidsTown Presents Superhero Week

Orlando Science Center’s KidsTown presents Superhero Week with support from 321 Creative April 11-14!

Orlando Science Center is turning KidsTown into a superhero metropolis for Superhero Week to celebrate all heroes, big and small! Throughout the week you’re invited to come and enjoy superhero themed crafts, games, stories, and more! Join us on Saturday, April 13 for our largest event day and get the chance to meet some of your favorite superheroes in person.

Family-friendly costumes are strongly encouraged!

KidsTown Presents Superhero Week

Orlando Science Center’s KidsTown presents Superhero Week with support from 321 Creative April 11-14!

Orlando Science Center is turning KidsTown into a superhero metropolis for Superhero Week to celebrate all heroes, big and small! Throughout the week you’re invited to come and enjoy superhero themed crafts, games, stories, and more! Join us on Saturday, April 13 for our largest event day and get the chance to meet some of your favorite superheroes in person.

Family-friendly costumes are strongly encouraged!

Seuss Days

Orlando Science Center is throwing a birthday party for Dr. Seuss! Join us in KidsTown on level 2 and enjoy special StoryTimes, Seuss crafts, Seuss games and more. Plus, don’t forget to wear your best Seuss-inspired outfit!

NatureWorks

Exhibit Hall – Level 1

In NatureWorks, you’ll learn about the amazing animals and plants that inhabit coral reefs, mangrove forests, cypress swamps and other Florida environments, along with other areas around the world. 

Discover what lies deep within the Floridan Aquifer, learn how to identify some of Florida’s native and invasive species, and observe animals in their unique habitats to understand their amazing adaptations!

Within the exhibit hall, there are frequent opportunities to hear from a NatureWorks animal keeper and encounter some of our Animal Ambassadors up close at their scheduled encounters!

Check out the Building Guide to see what’s happening during your visit.

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Conservation Partner 

 Seafood Watch

KidsTown

Exhibit Hall – Level 2

KidsTown offers 11,000 square feet of skill-based activities, where children ages 7 and under are encouraged to play to learn and find excitement around every corner. 

Guests can partake in imaginative roleplaying, teamwork and creative play, which is an important part of children’s cognitive development. You’ll star in your own play, learn how oranges travel from tree to table, experiment with cause and effect while having fun with water, and so much more. Young families will enjoy a high-quality and immersive experience!

Check out the Building Guide to see what’s happening during your visit. 

Download Building Guide

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread through water play areas. Additionally, the treatment of the water with bromine should inactivate the virus in water. (CDC, 2020)

Featuring seven dynamic and interactive zones!

Drip Drop Splash Presented by James M. Cox Foundation
Explore It Presented by Publix Super Markets Charities
Harriett's KidsTown Theater
Isaacs Family ClimbTime
KidsTown Studio Presented by: AdventHealth for Children
Orange Grove Presented by Dr. Phillips Charities
ToddlerTown Presented by Community Based Care of Central Florida

Thank You to Our Generous Donors

 

$1,000,000 and Up

AdventHealth for Children

 

$500,000 - $999,999

City of Orlando • Dr. Phillips Charities • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs • Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs •  The Isaacs Family

 

$100,000 - $499,999

Embrace Families • Harriett’s Charitable Trust • Event Network • Margret A. Cargill Foundation • PNC Bank • Publix Supermarket Charities • The James M. Cox Foundation • The Martin Andersen – Gracia Andersen Foundation

 

 

$25,000 - $99,999

Art and Phyllis Grindle Foundation • Lucy DiPasqua • Finfrock • Virginia and Robert Finfrock • Dennis and Karen Lind • BG Stephen M. Seay, USA (Ret) and Seay Business Solutions, LLC • Paula Stuart •  The Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, Inc. • The Hearst Foundations • Keri and Luke Widmer

 

$10,000 - $24,999

A. Friends’ Foundation • Aland Family •  Jeff and Faith Buhler • Michel and Lisa Champagne • Sue and Jim Cross •  Catriona and Mike Harris •  Samual and Heather Miller • JoAnn and Rich Newman • William J. Slot, Jr. • Scott H. Wilson • Ying Family Foundation • Dennis Nolte and Rebecca York

Birthday Parties

At Orlando Science Center, we have birthday parties down to a science!

Choose the package that works best for you, then customize your event with awesome add-ons and themed programming. 

ALL birthday party packages include:

  • Free parking and all-day admission to the Science Center for all of your guests.
  • 90 minutes in a private, reserved birthday room.
  • A personal party host and assistant (OSC staff).
  • Themed 1/2 sheet single layer cake, ice cream, lemonade, and water.
  • Two Extra Large Pizzas (up to one topping).
  • Individual cupcake for the birthday child.
  • Engaging STEM activities.
  • Printable invitations.

To make a birthday party reservation, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112

Please note: $75 non-refundable deposit is required at time of reservation.

Printable Birthday Invitation

 


 

With generous support from

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Party Packages

  • 27 guests + 1 free birthday child and 2 free caregivers 
  • Cost: $350 for members; $400 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Additional guests can be added for $12.50 per person.

Any birthday party can be customized with add-ons like pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays and much more. Download the full menu of add-ons, and please contact the Birthday Coordinator to purchase any of these items in advance.

Birthday Parties Add-on Menu

Party Themes

Party Animals 

Let's explore amazing animals with fun hands-on activities, such as go fishing for animals, creating animal masks, and feeding the animal toss! (Also includes an animal touch experience). Recommended ages 2 to 5.

 

Fantastic Jurassic 

Use Beebot the robotic paleontologist to track a dinosaur through a jungle maze by looking for fossils, footprints and other clues! Recommended ages 4 to 6.

 

Exploration Space 

We have a mission for you! Our robotic rovers are exploring the Red Planet and need you to create attachments to meet a goal. Are you up to the challenge? Recommended ages 7 to 12. 

 

Weird Science 

Grab some friends and let's get weird with electricity! Using Makey Makey, we will create a computer controller to play games using some everyday objects. Recommended ages 8 to 12.

Frequently Asked Questions

Days & Times

Orlando Science Center hosts birthday parties every Saturday and Sunday except major holidays. Party times are 9:30-11:00 a.m., 12:00-1:30 p.m., and 2:30-4:00 p.m. All party guests have access to the Science Center’s exhibits and theaters from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Guest Counts

Anyone in the party room during the party is counted as a guest, other than the birthday child and their caregivers (limit two). Guests who are Science Center members are also included in the guest count.  

Arrival & Check In

When your guests arrive, they can tell the parking attendant that they are birthday party guests and the parking fee will be waived. Guests should proceed to the lobby and then look for birthday party signs with your child’s name. The signs will direct guests to the Clubhouse located on Level 1 to sign-in for the birthday party.

 

Guests have ALL-DAY admission to the Orlando Science Center and can arrive before the party time. Guests should go to the Club House on Level 1 to receive their admission wristbands and drop off any gifts or other party items.

Decorations

Orlando Science Center provides and sets up decorations that will correspond with your party theme, as well as providing paper products and tablecloths. If you would like to add your own decorations, these must be approved by the Birthday Coordinator in advance. Please note that balloons of any type are not permitted in the Orlando Science Center and cannot be used as part of any decorations within the building.

Food & Drink

A half-sheet single layer cake, ice cream, two (2) pizzas, lemonade, and water are included with all party packages. You may add on other food items such as additional pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays, and more by selecting items from our approved vendor menu.

 Outside food and drink is not permitted. Food allergies will be accommodated; please work with the Birthday Coordinator directly after making your reservation.

Payment

A $75 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Your remaining balance can be settled on the day of your party, in person at the Science Center.

Cancellations

If you need to reschedule your party, please contact Reservations at 407.514.2112. Orlando Science Center can transfer the $75 deposit to another date if one is available, up to 2 times.

 

Late party arrivals risk a compromised time schedule. No refunds are available for late arrivals. A party will be considered cancelled if the Birthday family doesn’t arrive within 25 minutes of the designated party time.

Contact Us

To book your birthday party please contact the Education Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M–F).
If you would like more information on our program, please fill out the form below. Thank you!