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!

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!

Camp Programs

Give your children a productive and fun way to spend their time out of school with a program that offers them the chance to learn more about STEM in an exciting, interactive environment!

Orlando Science Center's camp programs inspire students to get excited about STEM as they create, experiment, make new friends, and develop 21st Century skills.

A group of children playing with oobleck during a break camp.

Break Camps

When school’s out, break camps are in! Full-day programs are available for children in Preschool* through Grade 5 throughout the school year.

Instructor helping girl measure ingredients in a beaker at summer camp.

Summer Camps

Let your children explore their favorite science topics in-depth at Orlando Science Center Summer Camps! Programs available for Preschool* – Grade 9.

*Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.

Science Center Preschool

The Science Center Approach 

At Orlando Science Center’s Preschool, children benefit not only from a developmentally appropriate learning space which includes hands-on activities and skill building centers, but also the diverse and content-rich STEM experiences on-site. 

Our approach focuses on the whole child and incorporates project-based learning and the inquiry method. By using a project-based approach, children learn to apply subject matter to real world problems relevant to their age and community. 

The staff, trained in effective questioning techniques and the facilitation of thoughtful dialogue, guide children through scientific inquiry and the engineering design process. Children thereby gain proficiency in scientific thinking and engineering process skills through repeated exposure and repetition. 

Using a combination of Creative Curriculum blended with our own curricula provides STEM integration across all content domains. This blended curriculum format applies science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) practices to traditional early childhood domains such as literacy, language, social and emotional development, cognitive development, gross and fine motor skills, and the arts. By applying STEM learning in this way, learners gain an understanding of how to apply knowledge and use critical thinking skills to solve problems.

 

What is STEM? 

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning, combining multiple academic subjects, focusing on the real-world impact of these lessons. It is about students applying science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make relevant connections between themselves and their school, community, work and their world. STEM education provides opportunities to create skills that move students forward to become stronger problem solvers and more creative innovators that can lead tomorrow’s global economy. 

STEM learning creates an environment that builds critical 21st century skills, which are commonly referred as the four “C’s”: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity. These skills must be fostered throughout a child’s education because they are essential to building other important skills such as persistence, innovative thinking, teamwork and problem solving.

Contact the Preschool Office at 407.514.2166 for more information or to arrange a tour of the Preschool.


OSC 2021-22 Preschool Brochure
Two children in preschool measure liquids into different containers.
A teacher guides a preschooler in a finger paint activity.

Features:


New! – Brightwheel Digital Communication App

  • You will be able to direct message your Childs class
  • Reports, pictures and videos of your Childs experience are uploaded daily
  • Digital QR check in/out system and monthly newsletters are just a few of the many features

Early Childhood Appropriate Practices

  • Florida Early Learning Developmental Standards Birth to Kindergarten (2017)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) Standards

Qualified Early Childhood/Elementary Education Staff

  • Birth-Five Child Care Credential, National Early ChildhoodCredential, Degrees in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Level 2 Background Screened
  • First Aid/CPR Infant/Child and Adult Certified
  • Experience working with children 0 – 8 years old

Age and Developmentally  Appropriate Curriculum

  • Orlando Science Center STEM curricula applying science,technology, engineering and math
  • Creative Curriculum, innovative and research based
  • Embedding Science, Math, Literacy, Language, Cognitive,Gross and Fine Motor, and skills into daily activities

Hands-on classroom and outdoor environment activities through Play and Exploration

  • STEM approaches and Engineering Design Process integrated in daily schedule
  • Using all 5 senses – See, Hear, Touch, Smell and Taste
  • Music and Movement, Physical Activity, Spanish and Sign Language

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

2022 - 2023 Preschool Tuition

Discovery Preschool – 3 Years Old by September 1, 2022

Weekly Tuition includes 2 snacks daily

OSC Member

General Public

3 Days

$195 Weekly

$230 Weekly

5 Days

$260 Weekly

$290 Weekly

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten/VPK Wrap – 4 Years Old by September 1, 2022  

VPK includes 1 snack daily

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten /VPK WRAP includes 2 snacks daily

OSC Member

General Public

VPK Only

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Monday – Friday

$0 Weekly*

$0 Weekly*

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten/VPK WRAP

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

$205 Weekly

$225 Weekly

Annual Registration Fees: $245 non-refundable (does not apply to VPK Only).

All students must be independently fully toilet trained. Pricing is subject to change.

*FREE for any Orange County resident. Must have VPK Voucher from the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County. Does NOT include Early and Late Care.

Spots are limited. Please call Reservations at 407-514-2112 for availability.

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!

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)

Drip Drop Splash Presented by James M. Cox Foundation

Check out the Building Guide to see a map and information for our current exhibits.

Download Building Guide

Featuring seven dynamic and interactive zones!

Child on small tractor in Orange Grove exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Orange Grove

Presented by: Dr. Phillips Charities

In the Orange Grove, children find endless opportunities for imaginative play and experimentation with simple machines. Moving oranges throughout the space builds motor skills and stimulates learning through collaboration, communication, and teamwork, while also developing key process skills such as measuring, sorting, and weighing.

Child playing in climber jungle gym at Orlando Science Center

Isaacs Family ClimbTime

Active and exploratory play is a great way to encourage children to enjoy physical activity. Gross-motor development, focus, hand-eye coordination, body confidence, and overcoming fears are all part of the Isaacs Family ClimbTime experience. These exercises help children explore their abilities and become more comfortable taking risks in a safe environment.

ClimbTime is for children ages 4-7 and their caregivers.

Caregiver playing with baby on foam play mat in Orlando Science Center Toddler playspace

ToddlerTown

Presented by: Embrace Families

It often seems that toddlers never sit still as they use their developing skills to explore the world around them! Toddlers love to exercise these skills and allowing them to do so on their own terms helps them build confidence in their abilities. Here in Toddler Town, let them determine what they want to explore and let them learn how to navigate and experience activities on their own.

Toddler Town is for children ages 0-2 and their caregivers.

Group of children playing in interactive water play area in Orlando Science Center's children's exhibit

Drip Drop Splash

Presented by: James M. Cox Foundation

At the water tables, we see young scientists in action. Using water and various props as their tools, children experiment with physics, engineering, material science, and fluid dynamics as they develop and test their ideas about the way water moves. Touching, pouring, moving, and even splashing reveals the unique properties of water and encourages experimentation.

Children participating in art project in KidsTown studio

KidsTown Studio

Presented by: AdventHealth for Children

In the Studio, children are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities and workshops that help them learn to think creatively, problem-solve, express themselves, and collaborate. The flexibility of this space makes it the perfect environment for children to build confidence in a variety of skills and discover that playing can be learning!

Orlando Science Center Story Time in KidsTown Theatre

Harriett's KidsTown Theatre

Children get the green light to be loud, be silly, and to celebrate their imagination in Harriett’s KidsTown Theatre. Drama, music, and movement are known to improve reading comprehension as well as both verbal and nonverbal communication.

Children building with foam blocks in exploration-based early childhood exhibit

Explore It

Presented by: Publix Super Markets Charities

The world is full of things just waiting to be built and discovered. Explore It! represents a collection of those things, with an emphasis on open-ended activities designed for a new and unique experience with each visit. Whether children are exploring cause-and-effect or constructing their own tower as part of an explorative building exercise, they are exposed to an abundance of interactives that boost their social, physical, and cognitive skills.

Thank You to Our Generous Donors


$1,000,000+

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

Come celebrate with us! We are taking additional health and safety precautions such as staggering our party times to allow for sanitization and cleaning. You can learn more about our Safety Guidelines here.

Here’s what a recent party guest had to say: “We attended a science center birthday party and they did a great job! 10/10 would recommend, everyone wore masks and there was plenty of space to social distance. After our small group gathering we were able to explore, plenty of space to social distance! We had a great time.”

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 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
  • Digital birthday party invitation

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

Please note: A $75 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due once details are confirmed with the Birthday Coordinator the week of the party. The host is responsible for any additional guest charges that may occur the day of the party.

Digital Birthday Party Invitation


 

With generous support from 

Publix Charities Logo

Party Packages

Standard Science Party Package

  • 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 will be $12.50 per person

Add-on Menu

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

Birthday guests will engage in fun science activities and can choose room decoration from the following themes:

Party Animals • Fantastic Jurassic • Exploration Space • Weird Science

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Days & Times

Orlando Science Center hosts birthday parties every Saturday and Sunday except major holidays. Party Times are 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, and 3:00 - 4:30 pm. All party guests have access to the Science Center’s exhibits and theaters from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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 Club House located on Level 1 to sign-in for the birthday party.

Guests have 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 paper products and tablecloths.

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. The remaining balance is due once details are confirmed with the Birthday Coordinator the week of the party. The host is responsible for any additional guest charges that may occur the day of the party.

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.

Book your birthday party! 

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) or fill out the Birthday Reservation Form.

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!