Mess Fest is Back!

Join us for the messiest weekend of the year at Orlando Science Center!

 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 activities.

Explore Mess Zones and learn the science behind your favorite che-MESS-try experiments, see a foam-splosion on the terrace, create your own custom slime, and more! If you don’t make a mess, you’re not doing it right!

Don't miss special guest performances by WeFlip Entertainment! Have fun learning about physics in this amazing acrobatic show.

Don’t miss these mess-tivities!

  • Slip into the Mess Hall and learn about the science behind our favorite messy activities with spin art, Alka seltzer painting, and more!
  • Meet some creative local artists and makers who have turned being messy into a profession
  • You'll have a blast learning about the science of suds with foam-splosions on the terrace
  • Flip out during WeFlip Entertainment's incredible acrobatic show
  • Our littlest learners are invited to join Messy Science StoryTime and MiniMaker Workshops in KidsTown
  • Create your own custom slime in Dr. Dare's Lab
  • And so much more!
Guests watch large cloud of foam exploding during outdoor Science Live show.

Prepare for Mess Fest at home with a messy DIY activity! 

Learn about the science of slime with ooey-gooey oobleck or observe our capillary system in action using a colorful coffee filter with some of our favorite, messiest, OSC at Home experiments! 

We suggest setting up a workspace outdoors to keep the mess outside your home. Then, take a photo and share on social media #OrlandoScience Center for a chance to be featured on our page!

Great Outdoors Weekend

Unleash your wild side and discover the unbe-leaf-able natural wonders all around us during Great Outdoors Weekend March 12 & 13!
Become one with nature as you meet extraordinary wildlife, participate in paw-some activities, and experience the outdoors through wild challenges.

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

*Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11:00 a.m. Tournament Key: 

This year’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament will be separated into age brackets. Players in Grade School and Middle School will compete in Bracket A, while High School and above will compete in Bracket B.

At 11:00 a.m., Brackets A and B will compete simultaneously. The champions of each bracket will then face off to see who is the best of the best!

At 3:00 p.m., players of all ages will be welcomed for open play in Bracket E. 

A - Grade School and Middle School
- High School and Above
E - Any Age

Schedule

Friday, February 18, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball Fighter Z (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*

Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, February 20, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, February 21, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Otronicon Waiver and Release Form for Game-play, Competitions and Special Content

All players under (18) years old on the first day of the Otronicon event must submit a consent form upon entry to the event, signed by a caregiver, in order to participate in competitions. Any cash prizes won by minors will be awarded directly to that minor participant.

Waivers may be completed online or in person. If a minor is dropped off or is attending alone, the caregiver must be present with the minor on the first day in order to validate their electronic signature on this form.

Caregiver only need to complete one form per child per day for the entire event. Waivers will be kept on file for all (4) days of the event.

To expedite the check in process, caregivers may bring a print out of the email (or show on your phone) along with a valid photo ID to the waiver table. The name on the photo ID must match the caregiver's name on the email confirmation.

Registration for all competitions is onsite at Orlando Science Center. There are no online registrations for competitions.


General Rules

  1. Admission to the Orlando Science Center is required for all competitions.
    Registration is required for all competitions. This is done on-site at the Orlando Science Center.
  2. You must be registered for your competition no later than 15 minutes before competition start time but be aware that competitions many times reach their max capacity before this deadline.
  3. Each competition is $5.00 to compete per person, per game.
  4. Players must use only the controllers provided by Orlando Science Center. No outside controllers are allowed and may be confiscated.
  5. Competition is greatly encouraged, but excessive taunting or threatening will not be tolerated.
  6. Games started only with official PKG staff (Ref's) permission.
  7. Players will not tamper, unplug, or touch any of PKG's equipment without permission.
  8. No pausing of any game. No intentional glitching. No disrespecting fellow players/staff members.
  9. Intentional cheating will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  10. All decisions made by Orlando Science Center or Powder Keg Games are Final, and not subject to appeal.
  11. Suspected cheating or foul play must be immediately reported to PKG staff (Ref).
    Accumulating 3 warnings will result in expulsion from tournament, and possibly the premises.
  12. Prizes and competition details subject to change without notice.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

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.

Stellar Virtual Speaker Talk

Houston, we’re go for lunch!

Join us Friday, July 9 at 12 p.m. for a live virtual talk with a member of NASA’s Artemis Mission. Grab some lunch as we learn about the technology and challenges that will be taking astronauts back to the Moon and beyond!

Launch into 4Roots Cafe on Level 1, or join the stream from anywhere on WebEx.

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!

Bionic Me

Traveling Exhibit Hall – Level 2

Control a computer using the power of your mind, try out exoskeletal super-strength, and see how a bionic eye works in our NEW summer exhibition, Bionic Me. With more than a dozen interactive exhibit pieces, visitors will get hands-on with the ingenious technology that is changing the human experience, improving lives, and propelling us forward.

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

Download Building Guide

Are you up for a challenge? Put yourself and technology to the test!

Race against a Paralympian and learn about the design and biomechanics behind creating sports prosthetics. Or take the Hearing Test and see how using technology to ‘hear’ sounds beyond human hearing has real-world applications like ultrasound and sonar.

Bionic Me will inspire you to think about the potential of clever technology and how it can change people’s experiences and interactions with the world around them.

For example, visitors will be able to use the power of their minds to move a ball, which can create opportunities for people with mobility impairments. You can also use a gesture interface to manipulate a robot arm, use night vision to see in the dark, or explore how technology can provide camouflage and make you invisible. What would you invent to help others?

In addition to this incredible hands-on exhibit, don’t miss Bionic Me around the rest of the building! Try Pop-Up Science demonstrations in the rotunda, see how 3D printing has helped create affordable assistive technology in The Hive: A Makerspace, and more!

Come discover the technologic wonders of Bionic Me and be inspired to continue exploring innovative solutions to everyday challenges.


Bionic Me was created and designed by SciTech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions.

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

May 7, 2022

Kids Night Will Return in the Fall of 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

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.

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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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)

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.

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.

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

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.

$10 Day

Join Orlando Science Center for a special opportunity to engage in science learning and fun for a discounted price on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

This is your only opportunity to experience new exhibit Science Fiction, Science Future presented by The Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Foundation, for the low price of $10! Visitors can also enjoy all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D films, and live programming for just $10 per person. For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.