Mess Fest is Back!

Join us on May 18 and 19 for the messiest weekend of the year at Orlando Science Center!

Mess Fest is back this year, featuring not only well-loved favorites but also new activities including three brand new mess zones that are bigger and messier than ever. Explore eight Mess Zones, including cosmic mess, Ice cream making, Splat-a-pult, and more! If you don’t make a mess, you’re not doing it right!

 

Plus, on May 19 only – meet The (Blue) Man Behind the Makeup, Eric de Lima Rubb, as he talks about the science, art, and MESS he experiences while performing in Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk!

 

Hear from the Blue Man himself (minus the bald cap and the blue makeup) about playing with his food onstage, ask questions about the character, and stand back as Eric demonstrates iconic messy moments from the show.

 

Don’t miss these mess-tivities!

  • Mess Mania Obstacle Course
  • Paintsplosions
  • Oobleck
  • Alka rockets
  • Blacklight Cosmic Mess
  • Splat-a-pult
  • Ice Cream Making

*Some activities are weather permitting.

 

Plus, stop by The Hive: A Makerspace to get your own Mess Fest branded T-Shirt from Merchmakr! 

 

Prepare for Mess Fest at home with this colorful DIY experiment! Click here to download the instructions to “Rainbow Reactions” or click the button below. We suggest setting up a workspace outdoors to keep the mess outside your home. Then, take a photo and share on social media #MessFest for a chance to be featured on our page!

Please note that Orlando Fringe will also be taking place in Loch Haven Park this weekend and parking in Orlando Science Center’s garage will be limited. We strongly encourage visitors to enjoy both events and recommend carpooling with friends and arriving early.

 

Orlando Science Center’s Mess Fest is included with general admission, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for students and seniors, $14.95 for youth (ages 3–11), and free for children 2 and under. Admission includes access to all four floors of hands-on exhibits, giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, 3D films in the Digital Adventure Theater and live programming.

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!

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!

Seven Ways To Spend Your Spring Break At OSC

Put a spring in your step by making Orlando Science Center your Spring Break destination!

Grab your friends and family and blast off with Above and Beyond, presented by Boeing, become busy bees in The Hive: A Makerspace and meet some of Florida’s most extraordinary wildlife in NatureWorks. With so much to see and do, we’re breaking down the top seven ways the Science Center is sure to brighten your spring break.

  1. Above and Beyond Reach new heights with the newest traveling exhibit to land at the Science Center! Journey through the history of flight and discover where humans are taking off to next. Hop on an elevator to space, spread your wings and put your aviation skills to the test in this fascinating exhibit.
  2. Animal Encounters Get up close and personal with incredible Florida wildlife! Discover Florida’s fish and reptiles during Swamp Talk, meet animal ambassadors during their scheduled encounters and even experience the opening weekend of Animal Inspired. This live show explores how the amazing abilities of our Animal Ambassadors have inspired today’s technology.
  3. Workshops Unleash your creativity in The Hive: A Makerspace and Dr. Dare's Lab! Whether you’re 8 or 81, you’ll have a blast making bee houses, learning to 3D print, embroidery and design kites during our exciting workshops.
  4. Live Science Shows Learn something new by experiencing one of our many live science shows! Join us on a guided tour of the solar system at Science on a Sphere and go on a safari around DinoDigs. Even discover if you have what it takes to go to space in So, You Wanna Be An Astronaut?
  5. Break Camps When school’s out, break camps are in! Give your child the gift of STEM learning with our break camps that bring fun and science together. From uncovering archaeological mysteries to discovering the science behind superpowers, your elementary-aged children will explore science an exciting and engaging way.
  6. Great Bear Rainforest Run wild with the magnificent creatures that call Canada’s remote Pacific Coast home. In this stunning and poignant giant-screen film, discover the elusive spirit bears of the Great Bear Rainforest and join the movement to help protect their land. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds and scored by famous movie composer Hans Zimmerman, this incredible new film will delight and move you.

Please note timed experiences are subject to change. Pick up a daily schedule upon your arrival for up-to-date show times.

Great Outdoors Weekend

Join us for a weekend of discovery!

Unleash your wild side and celebrate Great Outdoors Weekend with Orlando Science Center! Kick off your Spring Break on March 16 and 17 and discover all the fun you can have just by stepping outside. Meet some of Florida’s most astounding wildlife, and take part in awesome workshops. Learn about the amazing creatures in our own backyards during the movie, Backyard Wildnerness 3D, and discover one of the last wild places on Earth in our new giant-screen film, Great Bear Rainforest!

 

PLUS: back by popular demand – everyone’s favorite live show, Animal Inspired! Our Animal Ambassadors are the stars of this show, which will teach you about technology inspired by animal adaptations.

 

Here are just a few of the thrilling activities you can branch out with during Great Outdoors Weekend.

 

  • Ladybug release – Help release ladybugs into nature! Wave goodbye to these round little insects as they fly off to help control pests in our community.
  • Animal Inspired Live Show – Discover how the amazing abilities of our animal friends in NatureWorks have inspired the technology we use today.
  • Perfect Plant Workshop – Choose your own plant in Dr. Dare’s Lab and learn to create the perfect soil mixture for it to thrive in. Take it all home and watch your plant grow!
  • Build Your Own Bee House – Make a home for solitary bees in The Hive: A Makerspace using wood scraps and a hand drill.
  • Films – Journey to the Great Bear Rainforest in the Dr. Phillips CineDome to discover the extraordinary all-white spirit bears that were once thought to be a myth. Then, look closer to home with Backyard Wilderness 3D in the Digital Adventure Theater to discover the wonders of nature in our own backyards. View showtimes

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

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.

*Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.


Break Camps Brochure

2019-2020 Break Camp Dates 

October 18

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

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it’s Superhero Science! 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!

November 25-27

K-2: Who Loves Robots? WEDO! 

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 20

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!

December 26-27

K-2: Pokemon Evolve

Are you ready to complete your own Pokédex? Explore the amazing real-life 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: 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 30 - January 3

Preschool: Nursery Rhyme Science

Let’s explore the science behind some of our favorite nursery rhymes – It’s Raining  It’s Pouring - Where does rain come from? , Humpty Dumpty - How could we keep Humpty Dumpty safe?  and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - What is in the night sky? 

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: 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! 

January 6

K-2: Bot Break!

Beep, boop, bop! Learn the language of robots as we program a mini robot called Ozobot. Make your Ozobot spin and follow a maze while getting an introduction to coding. By the end of the day you will have your Ozobot beep, bop and zooming away!

3-5: Mindstorm Mania

Bring Robots to life! With LEGO Mindstorm 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.

February 17

K-2: Eww! That's Gross

From animals that stink to the science behind boogers, get ready to be disgusted by the world’s grossest things. From the slimy and smelly to the slippery and smooshy, you’ll be saying “eww” all day long.

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! Come help us explore the answers to these questions and more as we learn about our place in Space.

March 13

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 learn how to crack a laser security system while exploring the science and technology that help make secret agents successful. 

3-5: Nature's Engineers

Have you ever wanted super strength like an ant or to fly like a bird? Dive into the world of biomimicry where scientists are taking their cue from nature to create technology like exoskeletons or planes to help us overcome everyday obstacles.

March 16-20

Preschool: Construction Junction

Calling all budding engineers and architects! Let use simple machines, engineering design process and unexpected materials to create buildings and structures for people, animals and the Earth.  Make sure to have your hard hat on and your tool belt fastened.

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: Ancient Civilizations

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

2019-2020 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. 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.

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: 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