STEM Starts Here: Orlando Science Center Preschool

Learn and grow with Orlando Science Center STEM Preschool! 

STEM starts here at Orlando Science Center! A few spots remain for three-year-olds in Orlando’s oldest and most prestigious STEM preschool. Act now so you don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for your early learner. Since 2009, Orlando Science Center’s trained preschool educators have nurtured young children while building critical 21st-century skills in a fun and safe environment.

Students benefit from a learning space that includes hands-on activities, plus the content-rich STEM experiences available only at Orlando Science Center. Every facet is explored as a learning opportunity. Storytime can use the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” as a basis to explore bridge building or arts and crafts to encourage students to invent a solution for a problem in their lives.

Introducing STEM concepts within the preschool learning environment reduces the barriers of entry found later in the life. Students are excited, rather than intimidated, by these subjects and their confidence with STEM concepts stays with them as they progress to kindergarten and beyond. Orlando Science Center has also created professional development for preschool educators so they can bring hands-on STEM learning into their own classrooms.

a preschool childand teacher  excited about the success of a science experiment

Over the past decade, Orlando Science Center’s preschool has graduated hundreds of confident, inquisitive learners. Our team has created a learning environment unmatched by any other preschool in the region. Teachers ignite the curiosity of their students and present challenge-based activities created to nurture skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. 

Orlando Science Center’s STEM preschool fills to capacity quickly so don’t delay. Enroll your child now to provide them with a learning environment unmatched by any other preschool. Three-year-olds enrolled for this Fall will be guaranteed a spot in our VPK program when they turn four. Contact Reservations at 407-514-2112 or classes@osc.org for more information or to arrange a tour of the Preschool.

Licensed by the Department of Children and Families – Childcare Center  C09OR0729

Voluntary PreKindergarten Provider (VPK) – Early Learning Coalition of Orange County

Open to any child and family regardless of race, ethnicity, faith or creed


 

a preschool boy finger painting

Great Outdoors Weekend

Unleash your wild side and discover the unbe-leaf-able natural wonders all around us during Great Outdoors Weekend March 12 & 13!
Become one with nature as you meet extraordinary wildlife, participate in paw-some activities, and experience the outdoors through wild challenges.

5 Ways Orlando Science Center Can Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions

Check out a few ways science can help with your New Year's resolutions!

As we ring in the New Year, many take the opportunity to reflect on the past as they look to the future. Self-improvement can come in many forms. Whether you're looking inward to focus on self-care or looking for ways to help make the world around you a better place, or both, a little science can help with your New Year's resolutions!  


 

Learn something new 

Whether you're crazy about chemistry or wild about nature, the Science Center has something for everyone!

From the deep sea to deep space, go on a larger-than-life adventure in one of our giant screen theaters. Or try some exciting hands-on science experiments in a real chemistry lab in Dr. Dare's Lab. If you really dig dinosaurs, stomp into DinoDigs to uncover fossils, join a Dino Safari, or learn about these ancient creatures from the inside out with the new Poozeum coprolite and dino poo display! See what's happening during your visit!

A mother and her children examining colored filtered in an experiment about light.

Get more active

Put on your walking shoes, because, with four floors of interactive exhibits, there's no doubt you'll be making countless circuits around the Science Center!

Flex your mind and your muscles as you learn about the pulley system in Kinetic Zone. Or put the 'FUN' in FUNdamental motors skills in KidsTown, featuring seven dynamic and interactive zones for any stage of development your little learner is in!

a man pulling himself up on a pulley seat

Give back to the communtiy

Orlando Science Center’s adult and youth volunteers and interns all carry out our mission to inspire science learning for life. Whether their role is to directly interact with guests or work hard behind the scenes, every team member plays an important part in contributing to our organizational success.

Donate your time to bring the Science Center to life in a way that complements your expertise and interests, explore exciting real-world STEM careers, learn new skills, and more!  

A volunteer holds up a tortoise for guests to get a closer look.

Make healthier choices

Food might be the true universal language. We need it to sustain ourselves. We use it to comfort ourselves. But making healthier food choices begins with learning more about our food. 

The new Food Heroes exhibit presented by OrlandoHealth explores the interconnectedness of the food system, and those people fighting to make it more equitable, sustainable, and healthier for everyone. Learn about local food systems and the organizations making a difference right here in Central Florida. 

a man giving a presentation

Try a new hobby

Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. From computer coding to sewing, you can never learn too many skills! 

Stop by The Hive: A Makerspace on your next visit to try an engaging and hands-on Open Make activity or visit our OSC at Home blog for projects you can do right at home! 

Guests enjoying The Hive A Makerspace

Dinos In Lights Holiday Show – Now Playing through January 4

Join STAN the T-Rex and his fossil friends in DinoDigs as they show off their twinkling talent in a festive display of music and light. Each family-friendly show will begin every half hour and runs for four minutes, concluding with a wintry surprise.

Superhero Weekend!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superhero Weekend presented by Florida Prepaid College Plans!
Join us on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3 as we celebrate heroes in all their forms! Learn about everyday heroes working hard to make our community a better place, discover some of the science behind your favorite superhero characters, and power up with heroic crafts, stories, shows, and more!

Green Actioneers Presentations

Orlando Science Center is excited to host the Green Actioneers! Learn how you and your family can help save our planet by making small changes to your daily routines! Join Dave from the Green Actioneers in our Founders Room for a socially distant, interactive celebration and activity book with information on climate change and how we can all do our part to save our planet.

Each program is about 40 minutes and will take place at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 pm. Families and caregivers are encouraged to participate with their children throughout the presentation.

This featured programming from The Green Actioneers is presented with support from the VoLo Foundation. The VoLo Foundation’s mission is to accelerate change and global impact by supporting science-based climate solutions, enhancing education, and improving health. A special thank you to the foundation for making this program possible!

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!

$10 Day

Join Orlando Science Center for a special opportunity to engage in science learning and fun for a discounted price on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

This is your only opportunity to experience new exhibit Science Fiction, Science Future presented by The Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Foundation, for the low price of $10! Visitors can also enjoy all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D films, and live programming for just $10 per person. For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.

 

Mess Fest

What’s the best kind of mess? The kind YOU don’t have to clean up!

Get hands-on with our ooiest, gooiest, messiest activities during Mess Fest! From slime time to fizzy paint, join us for some good clean fun during Mess Fest as we get creative with our favorite colorful and sensory-friendly experiments.

Check out all of the exciting mess-tivities HERE!

Mess Fest

What’s the best kind of mess? The kind YOU don’t have to clean up!

Get hands-on with our ooiest, gooiest, messiest activities during Mess Fest! From slime time to fizzy paint, join us for some good clean fun during Mess Fest as we get creative with our favorite colorful and sensory-friendly experiments.

Check out all of the exciting mess-tivities HERE!