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!
Join us on Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11t as we celebrate heroes in all their forms! Learn about everyday heroes in our community, discover the science behind your favorite superpowers, and power up with heroic crafts, stories, shows, and more!
All guests are encouraged to wear their favorite family-friendly superhero costume. Don’t forget your face mask, it’s a very important part of your super suit!

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!

Kids Night at the Museum

The Science Center's exhibits don't always come to life after hours, but during Kids Night at the Museum the building will be full of energy!

Youth ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to explore exhibits, experience enhanced programming, and enjoy a pizza dinner in age-appropriate groups. They will also participate in hands-on activities, and see an interactive Live Science Show or film. Caregivers can enjoy a stress and child-free evening on the town while children have an entertaining experience of their own exploring the wonders of everything the Science Center has to offer.

Upcoming Events

January 8, 2022
March 5, 2022
May 7, 2022

Registration is open until noon on the Friday before the event unless the event sells out first.

Pricing

Members / Non-Members:

$70 / $75 for the first child

 

Additional Children:

$40 per sibling

Late pickup fee: $2 per minute, per child after 10:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the check-in process work?

Check-in (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.)

  • Event activities start at 6:00 p.m.
  • Please make your way to the vestibule doors located on Level 2 of the Orlando Science Center parking garage.
  • All guests entering OSC will need to take part in a health screening and will need to wear an approved face covering during the check-in process.
  • Once your health screening is complete, please make your way to the next available green target located on the SkyBridge.
  • A member of our Education team will confirm your reservation and the information included on your child’s registration form.
  • To expedite the process, please be sure to sign all paperwork including OSC Kids Night Behavior Agreement and waivers before you begin the check in process. Blank forms will be available during the night of the event.
  • Once you have been checked in, an OSC staff member escorts your child to join their group for the event.

Late Arrival (after 6:30 p.m.)

  • Anyone checking in after 6:30 p.m. will need to call 407.514.2235 so a staff member can greet you at the vestibule doors for late check in.
  • Health screenings will take place whenever someone needs to enter the building.
  • Once inside the lobby, please check in with our Education team.
  • A staff member will escort your child to their group to start the fun.

How will the check-out process work?

Pick-up is located at car loop Entrance A, located at 2315 Camden Road

Check-out (9:30 – 10:00 p.m.)
As you enter the car loop, pull up to Entrance A and as far as possible in the first available lane to park. Bring the pick-up pass or a photo ID to staff located at Entrance A doors. Staff will release kid(s) to authorized adults only. Museum staff WILL NOT allow anyone not listed on the original registration form to pick-up a child unless specific written instructions have been provided by a caregiver to OSC in advance. For safety reasons, caregivers must walk out youths to their vehicles.

Adults presenting a photo ID in lieu of the pick-up pass for check out should anticipate a longer wait time as your authorization to pick up must be validated.

Pick-up Begins at 9:30 p.m.; times are staggered according to last name.

  • 9:30 p.m. - 9:40 p.m. - Last Names beginning A-F
  • 9:40 p.m. - 9:50 p.m. - Last Names beginning G-O
  • 9:50 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Last Names beginning P-Z

$2.00 per minute/per child fee applies after 10:00 p.m.

Early Pick Up (Before 9:30 p.m.)

  • Anyone picking up their child before 9:30 p.m. will need to call 407-514-2235 so a staff member can begin the check-out process.
  • Please note that Kids Night participants may need a few extra minutes to wrap up their activities and gather their belongings if they are being picked up before 9:30 p.m.

How many children will be in a group?

Each Kids Night group will include a maximum of 20 children and two instructors.

What safety measures will be implemented to keep participants safe?

  • All participants will be required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.
  • Groups will be kept apart to keep interactions with others at a minimum.
  • Participants will have regularly scheduled hand washing breaks and hand sanitizer will be available in all activity spaces.
  • Download our Health Information Flyer for more information.

How will the night be structured?

  • Check-in hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with programming officially starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Groups will follow a program schedule that includes a pizza dinner, exhibit time, a Live Science Show or a film. After enjoying the museum, classes will participate in a STEM challenge in their classroom until the program ends at 10:00 p.m.

What will my child need to bring?

Required:

  • Face covering - must be snug fitting, secured with ties or ear loops and cover the nose and mouth.
  • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes

Recommended:

  • A water bottle (touchless bottle fillers will be available onsite)
  • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes
  • *Pre-packaged Dinner (if your child is not participating in the pizza dinner)
  • *Snack (just in case)
  • Medication (if needed)

How do I request to have my child with a friend in the same group?

If it is important for your child to be with a specific friend, please make sure to submit your friend request in your registration form. If that friend has also been registered to attend, we will make every effort to fulfill the request but it is not guaranteed.

How will Kids Night at the Museum handle special needs?

If you have indicated that your child has special needs, we encourage you to contact our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.

What if I need to cancel?

Refund and Cancellation Policy: May receive an 80% refund if cancellation is made at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

What if I have more questions?

If you need assistance, please let us know how we can help you. Caregivers can call OSC’s Reservations team at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.

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!

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.