Afterschool STEM Club

STEM Discovery Center

The Science Center is excited to offer an enriching afterschool club held on location at your school!

Each nine-week quarter, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will engage in a variety of hands-on STEM activities. These STEM activities will be interdisciplinary, allowing students to explore multiple subjects (including art, math, and language arts), while building 21st Century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

 

Students will be introduced to a variety of careers and practice solving real-world problems using tools like the Engineering Design Process. As the next generation of innovators, students will learn about what their futures may hold through exploration and experimentation of numerous technologies and subjects.

For more information on Afterschool STEM Club, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


With Support From

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital

OSC Afterschool Club is currently available at the following schools 2 days per week:

 
  • Audubon Park K-8
  • Baldwin Park Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary

Semester Dates: 

  • Second Quarter: October 15 – December 28, 2018
  • Third Quarter: January 7 – March 8, 2019
  • Fourth Quarter: March 25 – May 24, 2019
Child in afterschool program holding a paper rocket that he made.
Girl wearing lab goggles doing a science experiment in the afterschool program.

Projects may include:

  • Designing and creating a zoo that a robot tour guide is programmed to navigate through.
  • Dreaming big to storyboard a movie before bringing it to life using a variety of software.
  • Working as aerospace engineers to design rockets suitable for space flight.
  • Becoming a master physicist who can help to design and conquer Angry Birds challenges in real life.
  • Experiencing the revolutionary power of 3D printers before using a 3doodler to create a masterpiece of their own imagination.

Join us for a hands-on STEM enrichment!

Fees Per 9 Week Session

OSC Members – $325

General Public – $375 

$10 one time registration fee applies. 

Summer Camps

STEM Discovery Center

Orlando Science Center offers hands-on summer camps so that children entering Preschool through Grade 9 can dive deep into their favorite STEM topics while school is out!

In an age dependent on innovation and creativity, our programs provide children with a platform for cultivating their interests while working collaboratively with their peers to develop lifelong skills that will enrich their lives and future community.

 

Our summer camps are accredited by the American Camps Association, which adheres to strict policies regarding camper safety and wellness.

American Camps Association Logo

Registration opens January 2019 for Orlando Science Center Members and February 2019 for the general public. 


For more information, contact our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or classes@osc.org.

Break Camps

STEM Discovery Center

Just because school is on a break doesn’t mean the learning has to stop!

Orlando Science Center hosts break camps when Orange County Public Schools or Seminole County Public Schools are out of session for teacher work days and holiday breaks including winter and spring break.

 

Engaging break camps give children a productive and fun way to spend their time off from school with a chance to learn more about STEM in an exciting, interactive environment. Campers will explore a variety of hands-on science topics in a classroom setting, outdoors, and in our exhibit halls!

 


 

Hours & Registration 

Break camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Early and late care are provided at no additional cost. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:00 p.m. A late fee applies after 6:00 p.m. 

For more information on Break Camps, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


Download our Break Camps Brochure

Break Camps Brochure

2018-2019 Break Camp Dates 

October 26

K-2: Ocean Explorers

Put on your scuba gear and dive deep into the underwater world of the ocean. From jellyfish that glow to underwater volcanoes; you’ll never guess what we’ll find under the sea!

3-5: Rockin’ Out

Rocks rule! Dig into an underground world of rattling earthquakes, erupting volcanoes and soaring mountains as you investigate why and how the earth changes every day.

November 19-21

K-2: Pokémon Evolve

Are you ready to complete your own Pokédex? Explore the amazing animals and environments that are the inspiration for Pokémon. Master the skills you’ll need to create your own fantastic creatures and go on a fun scavenger hunt to catch ‘em all! Pokémon is a registered trademark of Nintendo, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

3-5: Our World of Minecraft

Obsessed with the world of Minecraft? Bring it to life one block at a time while defending your creation from Creepers. We’ll explore gravity and test how the physics of this compelling game compares to the world around us. Minecraft is a registered trademark of MOJANG SYNERGIES AB, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

December 21

K-2: Dream It, Build It

Can you build moving machines that zoom through the room? Can you create a castle that can withstand an enemy attack? If you can dream it, you can build it using STEM skills that will have you cheering for engineering

3-5: Lasers Engage!

Spend your day moving at light speed with activities that will shine some light on lasers and the light spectrum. Experiment with UV rays, observe the light of distant stars and create a laser defense system to protect your base.

December 26-29

K-2: Pet Vets

What do you do when a crocodile has a toothache? How do you check a shark’s pulse? When our furry (and scaly) friends get sick, the veterinarian is there to make them feel better. Spend some time in vet school and get hands-on experience caring for your favorite animals!

3-5: OSC La-BOR-atory

Using science to make things explode, light up, and change color is awesome, but how does it all work? We’ll explore the physics and chemistry behind explosions, electricity, and new strange chemical creations – safely, of course.

December 31 - January 4

Preschool: “STEM into Fairy Tales”

How will the 3 Billy Goats Gruff construct a structure to get across the river? What will Jack and the Beanstalk need to grow a bean plant? How do the 3 Little Bears put their things back together after Goldilocks comes for a visit? STEM into Fairytales will use our five senses, science, technology, engineering and math along with who, what, where and why questions to get their jobs done.

K-2: Who Loves Robots? WEDO!

Test your STEM skills by building a chomping alligator and a rocking boat, all from LEGO Education WeDo® robotics! Discover the basic principles of robotics by putting gears, levers and wheels to work. LEGO is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

New! 3-5: Robot Revolution: Vex vs Mindstorm

Bring Robots to life! With LEGO Mindstorm and VEX Robotics, we’ll learn the basics of robotic design and programming, then put our robots to work performing tasks and solving problems. LEGO is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site. VEX and VEX Robotics are trademarks or service marks of Innovation First International, Inc. which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

February 18

K-2: Junior Astronauts

Strap in for a journey to the Sun, Moon and the amazing planets that call our solar system home! Train like an astronaut and plan your mission before you touch down on the rocky red surface of Mars.

3-5: Space Madness

Are you mad for Space Science? Why are there different constellations visible during different seasons? How does our Sun provide energy for living things on Earth? Why can’t we live on Venus? Come help us explore the answers to these questions and more as we learn about our place in Space.

March 15

New! K-2: Adventurous Adaptations 

Have you ever wondered why a zebra has stripes? Or why an alligator has so many teeth? Get answers to these questions and more as we step into the role of junior biologists to explore the exciting world of animal adaptations!

New! 3-5: No Bones About It 

Travel through time and excavate Florida’s past! Become an anthropologist for the day and learn to survey land, set dig sites, and collect data to uncover the mysteries of history. Remember that artifact belongs in a museum!

March 18-22

Preschool: Construction Junction

Calling all budding engineers and architects! How does a structure stay balanced or work with gravity? Can we construct a bridge or building using magnetic tiles, water noodles or popsicle sticks? We will challenge our creative side to construct buildings, bridges and communities for people and animals. Don’t forget your hard hat and safety goggles!

New! K-2: Turtle Trek 

What's the difference between a turtle and tortoise? Become a turtle expert and discover their amazing physical adaptations, swimming speed, and powerful shells. At the end of our journey, you will become an ectothermic conservation expert!

New! 3-5: Superhero Science 

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it’s Superhero Science! Harness the power of the elements, master magnetism, and race to super speeds. It’s the science behind super powers!

2018-2019 Break Camp Pricing 

Members: Grades K-5

1 Day: $80

2 Days: $125 

3 Days: $165

4 Days: $200

5 Days: $230

Members: Preschool*

5 Days: $230

Non-Members: Grades K-5

1 Day: $90

2 Days: $145 

3 Days: $190

4 Days: $230

5 Days: $260

Non-Members: Preschool*

5 Days: $260

*Preschool camps are available only for 5-day breaks.

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!

Science Live!

Check out Fish Feeding Frenzy to learn more about the animals that inhabit Florida’s reefs, or join us for Swamp Talk to meet the fish and reptiles that live in Florida’s cypress swamps.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

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!

Science Live!

KidsTown hosts Science Live! experiences like Story Time, Exploration Station and more.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

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 Florida Hospital 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

Florida Hospital 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

Community Based Care of Central Florida • 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

Birthday Parties

Orlando Science Center’s all-inclusive party packages are designed to take the hassle out of planning your child’s party, so you can relax and celebrate too!

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 sheet cake, ice cream, lemonade, and water
  • Hands-on themed activities, fun science demos and a guided exhibit tour
  • 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.

Party Packages

  • 15 guests + 1 birthday child (including adults)
  • Cost: $375 for members; $425 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Maximum of 5 additional guests can be added for $16 per person
  • 21 guests + 1 birthday child (including adults)
  • Cost: $500 for members; $550 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Maximum of 11 additional guests can be added for $16 per person
  • 32 guests + 1 birthday child (including adults)
  • Cost: $625 for members; $675 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Additional guests can be added for $16 per person

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

Party Themes

Party Animals 

Make sticky bug slime, learn how whales use blubber to stay warm, and meet a live Animal Ambassador who will visit your party! Recommended ages 2 to 5.  

 

Fantastic Jurassic 

From a T-Rex with tiny arms to a mighty fast Velociraptor, learn about all the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth! The party will erupt as the group builds a volcano and lava lamp. Recommended ages 4 to 6. 

 

Exploration Space 

Launch a Diet Coke and Mentos space shuttle, make extraterrestrial slime, and more in this out-of-this-world party! Recommended ages 7 to 12. 

 

Weird Science 

Become a mad scientist as you make ooblek, learn about electrifying circuits, and try some other awesome experiments! 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 10:00-11:30, 12:30-2:00, and 3:00-4:30. All party guests have access to the Science Center’s exhibits and theaters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest Counts

Anyone in the party room during the party is counted as a guest, other than the birthday child. Guests who are Science Center members are also included in the guest count.  


If the birthday child is 4 or older, then children 2 and under will not count toward the number of guests. If the birthday child is 3 or younger, then 2-year-olds count toward the number of guests but children under 2 will not 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 party room. 

 

If guests arrive more than 10 minutes before your reserved party time, they 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 in your reserved party room, as well as paper products and tablecloths. The decorations will correspond with your party theme. If you would like to add your own decorations, please inform the Birthday Coordinator in advance so that we can accommodate you.

Food & Drink

Cake, ice cream, lemonade, and water are included with all party packages. You may add on other food items such as pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays, and more by selecting items from our approved vendor menu.

Food items may not be brought from home or from a vendor excluded from our approved vendor list. 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.

Homeschool Program

STEM Discovery Center

The first Monday of each month, September through May, Orlando Science Center hosts homeschool days for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

 

The program includes hands-on Discovery Labs, educational films and exploration of our interactive exhibit halls to engage students in STEM learning.

 

Students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, but students 12 and up can participate in the program independently.

To learn more about the homeschool program, please contact the Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


Homeschool Overnights

Overnight events are a great way for students to learn and have fun with friends! This program is available for groups of 50 or more.

Topics & Dates for 2018 - 2019

November 5

Kindergarten – Energy & Forces

Grades 1-2 – Forces of Nature

Grades 3-5 – Forces of Nature

Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Wind Power

December 3

Kindergarten –Bee Robotics
Grades 1-2 – Bee Robotics
Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics
Grades 6-8 – OSCSI

February 4

Kindergarten – Little Engineers: Can We Fix It? Yes We Can!
Grades 1-2 – STEM-tastic
Grades 3-5 – STEM-tastic
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: 3D Printing

March 4

Kindergarten – Curious Chemical Reactions
Grades 1-2 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 3-5 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Solar Power

April 1

Kindergarten – Moving Machines
Grades 1-2 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Weather Balloon Challenge

May 6

Kindergarten – Who’s Gross? We Are!
Grades 1-2 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Dissection

Hours, Cost & Registration

The homeschool program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Grades K-5

Fees

Student-Caregiver Team – Members – $25

 Student-Caregiver Team – General Public – $28

One K-5 student and one accompanying adult.

 

Each additional K-5 Student – $12.50

Accompanying adult required for students 12 years old and younger.

Grades 6-8  

Fees 

Student-Caregiver Team - Member – $28 

Student-Caregiver Team - General Public – $32

  

Grade 6-8 Student only – Member – $14.00  

 Grade 6-8 Student only – General Public – $16.00