Learning Labs

Limited-time Learning Labs for Grades K–8

School districts are offering virtual learning options to students, but many caregivers are unable to stay home with their children. Inspired by the success of our camp program this summer, Orlando Science Center is offering Learning Labs, a facilitated learning environment to support families with their virtual learning, including OCPS LaunchEd, Seminole Connect, Florida Virtual School and other virtual learning options.

This program will be using the same health and safety protocols we developed for our summer camp, which ran from June 1 to August 21. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, Orlando Science Center will provide facilitated support from our staff learning coaches in pods of 16 students or less for Kindergarten to Grade 5. Participating students will be required to undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing.

The Learning Labs program offers a specialized learning track for Grade K–8 students.

Included with tuition, students receive:

  • Learning coaches to support virtual learning via OCPS LaunchEd, Seminole Connect, Florida Virtual School and other options.
  • Individual school supplies provided for lessons
  • Device accessibility through BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Supervised lunch time in their learning pod
  • Supervised outdoor recess in Loch Haven Park (weather permitting)

Also available for additional fees:

  • Early drop off starting at 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
  • Use of Orlando Science Center student computer (if students can’t bring their own device)
  • Afterschool care including STEM enrichment from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 pm.

Learning Labs

Members / General Public

1 Day  
$45 / $50

2 Days 
$90 / $100

3 Days
$135 / $150

4 Days
$180 / $200

5 Days
$225 / $250

To register, call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112.

Early & Late Care

Daily Options

Early Care is available from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Late Care is available from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and includes STEM enrichment activities

Early Care Only 
$5

Late Care Only
$10

Early & Late Care
$15

To register, call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112.

Become a member today and save on educational programs, including Learning Labs and more!

NOTE: Memberships must be active through the date of the program.
Renew your membership today by emailing oscmembership@osc.org or calling 407.514.2158.

Virtual and LaunchED Learning Lab Schedule:

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. – Early Care is available for an additional fee.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Students will follow their school’s virtual or LaunchED learning schedule, engage in STEM activities upon lesson completion, lunch, and recess.
  • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. – STEM enrichment and Late Care is available for an additional fee. Students joining us for aftercare will engage in hands-on collaborative STEM activities with topics ranging from 3D modeling to movie making to space and beyond.

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

What People Are Saying – From Camp Surveys and Social Media

"Very very impressed with check-in process. Felt like my child was in a safe environment!"

"You guys have done an amazing job keeping all of the kids and families safe. I was nervous to drop him off for his very first camp experience under these conditions, but you can really see the care and effort you have put into making this not just a fun and valuable experience, but a safe one as well!"

"We have done several weeks of camp here, and feel like the SC has done a top notch job protecting our children's health during these unprecedented times with Covid-19. Thanks for your hard work to make it as safe as possible!"

"Thank you, thank you! Our son has a renewed pep in his step and was so joyous about every aspect of the camp. He even asked that I pick him up later and enroll him at Science Center camps every summer! We are so grateful to everyone that makes the camps possible and look forward to joining you all again soon."

Refund and Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made by participants within two weeks of the scheduled event or no-shows will forfeit any refund. A refund will only be issued to cancellations processed two weeks prior to the scheduled event. A 20% processing fee is deducted from all refunds.

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STEM Summer Camps

Orlando Science Center offers hands-on STEM summer camps so that children entering Preschool* through Grade 9 can dive deep into their favorite 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. 

In addition to developing an engaging and educational curriculum, our team has worked with the American Camp Association and their CDC liaisons to help us design a high quality health and safety plan to support campers and staff. 

OSC Camps Health and Safety Plan 2020

Update Regarding Summer Camp Check-in and Check-Out:

Please note that preschool campers will enter through Entrance A and all other campers will enter through the bridge in the garage. Campers will be checked in no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and checked out no later than 5:00 p.m.


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

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

*Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.

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Become a member today and save on educational programs, including summer camps and more!

NOTE: Memberships must be active through the date of the summer camps.
Renew your membership today by emailing oscmembership@osc.org or calling 407.514.2158.

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!

Break Camps

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 and outdoors!

*Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.


 

Orlando Science Center's camp registration system has changed. Please register in the new system below to create a new log-in, update account information and register for new camp dates. If you have any questions or issues utilizing available funds on account, please call Reservations at 407.514.2112 or classes@osc.org.

In addition to developing an engaging and educational curriculum, our team has worked with the American Camp Association and their CDC liaisons to help us design a high quality health and safety plan to support campers and staff. 

OSC Camps Health and Safety Plan 2020

2020-2021 Break Camp Dates 

September 7

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 Engaged

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.

October 12

K-2: Pet Vets

What do you do when an alligator has a toothache? Can dogs see in color? 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: Superhero Science

Push yourself to soar higher, go further, and be faster as we plunge into the science behind your favorite super heroes! Harness the power of the elements and race to super speeds while working as a team to overcome obstacles. It’s the science behind super powers!

October 30

K-2: Jr. 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: 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!

SOLD OUT: November 23-25

K-2: Spy Kids Inc.

Calling all secret agents! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn about the world of spy gadgetry! Swap coded messages with your fellow agents and crack the secret to the super spy training course while exploring the science and technology that help make secret agents successful.

3-5: Peer into the Past

Dive into the world of ancient civilizations as we explore our blockbuster exhibit: Pompeii: The Immortal City. From pottery to aqueducts to pyramids; we will uncover hidden wonders and use modern technology to make the past come alive!

December 21-23

K-2: Who Loves Robots? We Do!

Test your STEM skills by building a chomping alligator or a friendly rover 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.

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 28 – January 1

Preschool: Nursery Rhyme Science

Is an egg’s shell weak or strong? "Humpty Dumpty" might know. What would sink or float in "Jack and Jill’s" pail of water? What made Jack come tumbling down? Through age appropriate hand-on STEM activities we will discover the answers to these inquiries.

K-2: #ScienceStar

Learn about the world of vlogging and discover the tech behind your favorite social media videos while you work as a team to create your own science vlog. Campers will be taught responsible social media usage and videos will be posted to Orlando Science Center’s private social media channel.

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.

January 4

K-2: Frozen in Florida

Do you want to build a snowman...in Florida? Join us for a day of frozen fun as we learn about heat and cold, play with polysnow and freeze liquid in an instant! You’ll have “snow” much fun at this brrrrrreak camp!

3-5: Slime Time!

What time is it? Slime time! Explore the chemistry behind these gooey solutions as we spend the day becoming slime masters.

January 18

K-2: Ocean Explorers

Put on your scuba gear and dive deep into the underwater world of the ocean. Travel on the East Australian Current with a bale of sea turtles and measure a Blue Whale. From jellyfish that light up to underwater volcanoes; you’ll never guess what we’ll find under the sea!

3-5: Space Madness

Are you mad for Space Science? Are you curious about the cosmos? Ever wonder how our Sun provides energy for living things on Earth or why we can’t live on Venus? Then this camp is for you! Explore the answers to these questions and more as we learn about our place in Space.

March 12

K-2: Pokemon 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 catch ‘em all! Pokémon is a registered trademark of Nintendo, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

3-5: Ready, Set, Create!

With imagination as your guide, campers will design, test, and build their own creations! Explore what being a maker or inventor is all about with projects like wearable technology and 3Doodler creations.

March 15-19

Preschool: Storybook STEM Adventures

Campers will enjoy hands-on activities and experience the literacy wonders and challenges of exploring the Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math behind some cool story book adventures.

K-2: Engineering Together

Buildings and bridges and towers, oh my! Use Legos and household items to explore the tools and techniques needed to make super strong structures that stand up to any test. LEGO is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

3-5: Wizards 101

Your letter has arrived! Journey to your favorite wizarding camp as we craft a light up wand, play with the physics of flight, and brew chemical potions that will ensnare the senses. Join us as we explore the science behind the magic!

2020-2021 Break Camp Pricing 

Break camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

General

Grades K–5

1 Day  
$100

2 Days 
$155

3 Days
$200

4 Days
$240

5 Days
$270

Preschool*

5 Days
$270

Member

Grades K–5

1 Day  
$90

2 Days 
$135

3 Days
$175

4 Days
$210

5 Days
$240

Preschool*

5 Days
$240

Available Add-Ons

(Additional fees apply)

Lunch and Snack offered by our food partners

Early Care is available from 7:30 – 8:30 am for $5

Late Care is available from 4:30 – 6:00 p. m for $10

*Preschool camps are available only for 5-day breaks. Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.

 

IMPORTANT: You must have an active membership before proceeding to the registration site. The expiration date must be valid through the date of the camp being purchased. A membership number is required at time of booking. If you purchased a new membership online, see your email confirmation for your temporary membership number.

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

Want to become a keeper for the day?

Participate in diet prep, target training, enjoy meet-and-greets, and more when you book a private experience!

Theaters

If you need a break from the exhibit floor, take a seat in one of our state-of-the-art theaters.

The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission. Content changes regularly, so be sure to check the theater schedule before you arrive to find out what’s playing.

Reserve a theater for your private function!

Both theaters are available for private rentals for film screenings, award presentations, team meetings, talent shows, and so much more.

Learn more about our private venue rentals.

A giant-screen movie showing an image of people on a city street.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Giant-Screen Theater – Level 1*

Choose a seat and be instantly transported to exotic and interplanetary lands. Images of clarity and extraordinary depth bring the audience on an expedition to the center of the action in this immersive cinematic experience.

A projector's fish-eye lens projects onto an 8,000 square-foot screen, creating a 180 degree image that surrounds the audience and extends beyond their peripheral vision. Films cover nature, geography, history and more, and new titles are introduced throughout the year. *Wheelchair access located via Level 3.

Guests listening to presenter on stage of Digital Adventure Theater.

Digital Adventure Theater

Immersive Digital Films – Level 2

Dive into the action inside the stadium-seated Digital Adventure Theater. Films are presented in 2D with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and 7.1 surround sound, offering a fully immersive experience.

The Digital Adventure Theater is also home to Science Live! Shows, which are designed to delight and entertain while also aligning with Sunshine State educational standards. The electrifying “High Voltage” show, explosive “Kaboom!” show, heroic “Super Science” show and more will show you the science in fact and fiction.

Now Showing – General Audience

Content changes seasonally. Check the theater schedule prior to your visit to find out what special experiences will be offered.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Dr. Phillips CineDome

With intrepid explorer Carsten Peter, dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu and visit the incredible mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Travel across the globe to see the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii and witness the devastating effects of the recent Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.

Journey to Space

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon give an overview of past space accomplishments, current activities and future plans, and the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its space pioneers.

Sea Lions – Life by a Whisker 2D

Digital Adventure Theater

A heart-warming journey of a sea lion pup, and the man that has dedicated his life trying to save her species. Embark on an epic quest through the uninhabited wilderness of the Great Australian Bight, to the lush kelp forests off the Californian coast.

Micro Monsters 2D

Digital Adventure Theater

Super powers exist. Right here on Earth. And they are beneath our feet. They include beetles that shoot chemical fire and lift enormous weights; scorpions that glow in the dark with astonishing crushing powers; spiders that can make themselves virtually invisible and hypnotise their prey; even a bug that can transform itself into another creature entirely. Prepare to be amazed in this adventure exploring the hidden world of the super-powered bugs.

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