Providing a facilitated learning environment to support families with their virtual options for this new school year.
Special pricing now through October 9 — ACT NOW!
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 12. Participating students will be required to undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing.
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.
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 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.
When school’s out, break camps are in! Full-day programs are available for children in Preschool* through Grade 5 throughout the school year.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Registration coming soon for Break Camps in October and beyond!
*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.
The Hive is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring, and sharing; where you’ll have access to real tools, materials and mentors that will help you turn your creative ideas into reality. This area is for ages 8 and up.
Makerspace - Level 3
Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination. Learn how to sew a button, fold an origami crane, design a figurine using 3D modeling software then bring it to life with a 3D printer, or solder a circuit board – there’s always something new to try!
Many of the best designs come from collaboration. The Hive is a space that cultivates community and emphasizes the learning opportunities in every failure and success. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. Go forth and create!
The Hive is designed specifically for makers ages 8 and up. Makers 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Maker activities for ages 7 and under are available in the KidsTown Studio.
Check out the Building Guide to see what’s happening during your visit.
Take a “hike” across the dynamic ecosystems of Florida and see live animals in their diverse habitats. Meet the fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals that call NatureWorks home on your next visit!
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.
Go on a giant-screen adventure, or immerse yourself in astounding digital locales, with educational films in Orlando Science Center’s two 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.
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.
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.
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.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Dr. Phillips CineDome
With a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
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.
Any birthday party can be customized with add-ons like pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays and much more. Download the full menu of add-ons, and please contact the Birthday Coordinator to purchase any of these items in advance.
Let's explore amazing animals with fun hands-on activities, such as go fishing for animals, creating animal masks, and feeding the animal toss! (Also includes an animal touch experience). Recommended ages 2 to 5.
Use Beebot the robotic paleontologist to track a dinosaur through a jungle maze by looking for fossils, footprints and other clues! Recommended ages 4 to 6.
We have a mission for you! Our robotic rovers are exploring the Red Planet and need you to create attachments to meet a goal. Are you up to the challenge? Recommended ages 7 to 12.
Grab some friends and let's get weird with electricity! Using Makey Makey, we will create a computer controller to play games using some everyday objects. 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 9:30-11:00 a.m., 12:00-1:30 p.m., and 2:30-4:00 p.m. All party guests have access to the Science Center’s exhibits and theaters from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Anyone in the party room during the party is counted as a guest, other than the birthday child and their caregivers (limit two). Guests who are Science Center members are also included in the guest 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 Clubhouse located on Level 1 to sign-in for the birthday party.
Guests have ALL-DAY admission to the Orlando Science Center and can arrive before the party time. Guests should go to the Club House on Level 1 to receive their admission wristbands and drop off any gifts or other party items.
Orlando Science Center provides and sets up decorations that will correspond with your party theme, as well as providing paper products and tablecloths. If you would like to add your own decorations, these must be approved by the Birthday Coordinator in advance. Please note that balloons of any type are not permitted in the Orlando Science Center and cannot be used as part of any decorations within the building.
Food & Drink
A half-sheet single layer cake, ice cream, two (2) pizzas, lemonade, and water are included with all party packages. You may add on other food items such as additional pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays, and more by selecting items from our approved vendor menu.
Outside food and drink is not permitted. Food allergies will be accommodated; please work with the Birthday Coordinator directly after making your reservation.
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.
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.
Guided exhibit experiences led by an Orlando Science Center Educator
Large format educational films
Work samples for your student’s homeschool portfolio
Fall Homeschool Schedule
Each topic is offered twice per month so you can pick which day best fits your schedule!
September: Technology Month
September 7 or 11, 2020
Grades K - 2: Bee Robotics
Blue-Bot needs your help! It needs to travel from the hive to all the flowers in the garden to gather nectar and help pollinate, but it’s not sure in what order it should visit each location. Can you program Blue-Bot with an algorithm that will help it know what steps to follow on its journey around the garden?
Grades 3 - 5: VEX Robotics
ROADS CLOSED! How do we navigate our way through a new route? Students will learn the basics of programming and apply their knowledge of maps and measurements while they explore alternate paths with a VEX Robot. Is your team up to this robot challenge?
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - 3D Printing
Explore the basics of how computer models can be turned into real, tangible objects with a 3D Printer! Discover how scientists, engineers, and even doctors are using 3D printers in their fields.
September 21 or 25, 2020
Grades K - 2: Making Milo with LEGO WeDo
Ready, set, robotics! Students will explore the basics of programming and robotics by creating the science rover, Milo. *LEGO is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which do not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
Grades 3 - 5: Coloring the Code
Discover a special way to code Ozobots by using color patterns. Color your way to find the correct codes and complete a space mission by building a mini-rover to collect Martian rock samples.
Grades 6 - 8: Stop Motion Animation
Lights, camera, action! Students will use cameras, green screen technology, and their imagination to create stop motion animation videos.
October: Engineering Month
October 5 or 9, 2020
Grades K - 2: STEM-tastic
After a shipwreck on a deserted island, there’s no telling what resources you’d have available to you. But no matter the scenario, you’ll always have one limitless resource: creativity! Put that notion to the test in this simulation that calls on other skills like collaboration and critical thinking in order to engineer a safe, habitable shelter.
Grades 3 - 5: STEM-tastic
Shipwreck! Embark on a journey through engineering with an Engineering Design Challenge! Solve real-world problems by creating structures with Civil Engineering and experience Electrical Engineering by designing circuits.
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - Bridges
Use the Engineering Design Process to build a bridge that meets size specifications and holds weight. Will you bridge hold up under pressure?
October 19 or 23, 2020
Grades K - 2: Engineering Together
Explore the tools and techniques needed to make super-strong structures that stand up to the challenge. Using the Engineering Design Process, students will collaborate with their team to design and build a LEGO bridge that is at least 14 x 2 in. and can support a mass of at least 300 grams.
Grades 3 - 5: Ancient Engineering
Become an ancient engineer with modern materials! Learn about aqueducts and their use throughout the ages. Use the Engineering Design Process to design and create a model of these wonderful waterways.
Grades 6 - 8: Lasers Engage!
Design and build a laser path that hits two designated targets, incorporates a combination of mirrors and prisms, and creates the shortest path possible.
November: Physics Month
November 2 or 6, 2020
Grades K - 2: Little Engineers
Anything is possible when you follow the Engineering Design Process! Fly between the pages of Giulia Belloni’s aptly-named story Anything Is Possible to find the inspiration you’ll need to solve the characters’ dilemma while working with a team of fellow engineers.
Grades 3 - 5: Roller Coaster Physics
Demonstrate how the forces of inertia, gravity, and friction affect motion while building a roller coaster model. Trace the flow of energy as it converts from potential to kinetic along the track.
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - Roller Coasters
Investigate energy transformations and discover careers in modeling and simulation while designing a fun and safe roller coaster.
November 16 or 20, 2020
Grades K - 2: Trampolines
Learn to think like an engineer and use your knowledge of math and science to reach a goal. Using the Engineering Design Process you will collaborate to design and create a trampoline bed that will allow a ball to bounce at least 20 in high!
Grades 3 - 5: Trampolines
Explore the physics behind what makes a trampoline bounce! Use the Engineering Design Process to create a trampoline bed that springs a ball at least 50 cm into the air.
Grades 6 - 8: Vehicles in Motion
Soar into the world of gliders where you can take to the skies with your imagination! Learn about the forces of flight and collaborate with your fellow pilots to create a model glider. The sky’s the limit!
December: Biology Month
December 7 or 11, 2020
Grades K - 2: Superworm Science
Dive into life science by investigating superworm behavior through a science experiment. Using the scientific method, collaborate to design and implement an experiment to determine which physical properties superworms prefer in their food.
Grades 3 - 5: Superworm Science
Discover and analyze the behavior of insects through scientific experimentation! Make observations, form a hypothesis and draw conclusions about the favorite food of the super-est of worms – the superworm!
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - Dissection
Ever wonder what’s inside the things around you? Roll up your sleeves and delve into the guts of everything from chicken hearts to squid all while learning how things are constructed.
December 14 or 18, 2020
Grades K - 2: Budding Biologist
Put on your lab coats and take a deep dive into the science of biology! Discover more about the living things that are essential to our environment. Step into the role of junior biologists to investigate the world around us!
Grades 3 - 5: Inspired by Nature
Dive into urban pond discovery by analyzing pond pollutants up close. Students will conduct pH analysis, use microscopes, and learn what challenges these pond creatures face.
Grades 6 - 8: Nature Naturalists
Get up close with living things to discover chemical changes that occur with plants during photosynthesis. Explore the effects of stimulants and depressants on animal cell biology. Observe the similarities and differences between animal and plant cell structure.
Hours & Pricing
The homeschool program runs from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student & Caregiver Pair – Member – $32 Student & Caregiver Pair – General Public – $35
As a prerequisite for admission, all guests ages 3+ are required to wear a face covering and have their temperature checked. If an individual from your party does not pass the temperature screening, the entire party will not be permitted to enter the museum. While in attendance, all guests are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines and wash or disinfect hands frequently.
For full details on the modifications we’ve made to our experience and our health and safety procedures, please download the building reopening plan or contact Reservations at 407.514.2112 for specific details about your program.