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

Afterschool STEM Club

STEM Discovery Center

The Science Center is excited to offer an enriching afterschool club held on location at your school!

Each nine-week quarter, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will engage in a variety of hands-on STEM activities. These STEM activities will be interdisciplinary, allowing students to explore multiple subjects (including art, math, and language arts), while building 21st Century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

 

Students will be introduced to a variety of careers and practice solving real-world problems using tools like the Engineering Design Process. As the next generation of innovators, students will learn about what their futures may hold through exploration and experimentation of numerous technologies and subjects.

For more information on Afterschool STEM Club, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


With Support From

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital

OSC Afterschool Club is currently available at the following schools 2 days per week:

 
  • Audubon Park K-8
  • Baldwin Park Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary

Semester Dates: 

  • Second Quarter: October 15 – December 28, 2018
  • Third Quarter: January 7 – March 8, 2019
  • Fourth Quarter: March 25 – May 24, 2019
Child in afterschool program holding a paper rocket that he made.
Girl wearing lab goggles doing a science experiment in the afterschool program.

Projects may include:

  • Designing and creating a zoo that a robot tour guide is programmed to navigate through.
  • Dreaming big to storyboard a movie before bringing it to life using a variety of software.
  • Working as aerospace engineers to design rockets suitable for space flight.
  • Becoming a master physicist who can help to design and conquer Angry Birds challenges in real life.
  • Experiencing the revolutionary power of 3D printers before using a 3doodler to create a masterpiece of their own imagination.

Join us for a hands-on STEM enrichment!

Fees Per 9 Week Session

OSC Members – $325

General Public – $375 

$10 one time registration fee applies. 

Now offering a payment plan! 

 New plan allows caregivers to set up automatic payments following the schedule below.

At the time of booking –$100 members /$135 Non-members

January 28 – $112.50 members/$120 Non-members

February 18 –  $112.50 members/$120 Non-members

$10 one time registration fee applies

The Hive: A Makerspace

The Hive: A Makerspace - Level 3

Presented by The Isaacs Family 

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.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Program Schedule for The Hive 

March 2019

All programs and times are subject to change

Upcoming Workshops

 

3D Design For Printing

Learn the basics of 3D modeling software and the ins and outs of designing something to print.

 

Saturday and Sunday,  March 2 & 3 

11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, March 14

3:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, March 21

3:00 p.m

 

Thursday, March 28

3:00 p.m

 

Saturday and Sunday, March 30 & 31 

11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.

 

Gyotaku

Learn about fish and printmaking as you make fish prints! CAUTION: permanent acrylic paint used

Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10
11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.

Bee Houses

Make a home for solitary bees using wood scraps and a hand drill! Recommended 12+.

Saturday and Sunday, March 16 & 17
11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.

Kite-making

Let's go fly a kite! Make your own sled kite out of Tyvek!

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24
11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.

Open Make Experiences

 

Knot Tying and Orienteering

Take your maker skills outside! Learn skills to help you with outdoor activities.

March 1 – March 15

Embroidery

Learn the geometry of basic hand sewing.

March 16 – March 31

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!

Science Live!

Check out Fish Feeding Frenzy to learn more about the animals that inhabit Florida’s reefs, or join us for Swamp Talk to meet the fish and reptiles that live in Florida’s cypress swamps.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Conservation Partner

 Seafood Watch

Kinetic Zone

Exhibit Hall – Level 2

Explore the fundamentals of forces, learn the principles of physics and see engineering in a new light in Kinetic Zone!

 

This exhibit offers an electrifying array of interactive guest experiences, ranging from launching air rockets, to experimenting with circuits, to lifting yourself off the ground with different pulley systems.

 

Get hands-on with STEM experiences like the Balance Challenge, where you can test your invention on an 18-foot zip line, and the Coaster Challenge, where you’ll use pipes to build a model of whatever radical roller coaster you can dream up!

Science Live!

Put your engineering skills to the test with special STEM challenges that will lead you through the engineering design process as you design, build, test, and improve a structure or invention to meet specific goals.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Orlando Science Center’s all-inclusive party packages are designed to take the hassle out of planning your child’s party, so you can relax and celebrate too!

At Orlando Science Center, we have birthday parties down to a science!

Choose the package that works best for you, then customize your event with awesome add-ons and themed programming.

 

ALL birthday party packages include:

  • Free parking and all-day admission to the Science Center for all of your guests
  • 90 minutes in a private, reserved birthday room
  • A personal party host and assistant (OSC staff)
  • Themed sheet cake, ice cream, lemonade, and water
  • Hands-on themed activities, fun science demos and a guided exhibit tour
  • Printable invitations

To make a birthday party reservation, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112.


Please note: $75 non-refundable deposit is required at time of reservation.

Party Packages

  • 15 guests + 1 birthday child (including adults)
  • Cost: $375 for members; $425 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Maximum of 5 additional guests can be added for $16 per person
  • 21 guests + 1 birthday child (including adults)
  • Cost: $500 for members; $550 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Maximum of 11 additional guests can be added for $16 per person
  • 32 guests + 1 birthday child (including adults)
  • Cost: $625 for members; $675 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Additional guests can be added for $16 per person

Any birthday party can be customized with add-ons like pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays, goody bags and much more. Download the full menu of add-ons, and please contact the Birthday Coordinator to purchase any of these items in advance.

 

Birthday Parties Add-on Menu

Party Themes

Party Animals 

Make sticky bug slime, learn how whales use blubber to stay warm, and meet a live Animal Ambassador who will visit your party! Recommended ages 2 to 5.  

 

Fantastic Jurassic 

From a T-Rex with tiny arms to a mighty fast Velociraptor, learn about all the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth! The party will erupt as the group builds a volcano and lava lamp. Recommended ages 4 to 6. 

 

Exploration Space 

Launch a Diet Coke and Mentos space shuttle, make extraterrestrial slime, and more in this out-of-this-world party! Recommended ages 7 to 12. 

 

Weird Science 

Become a mad scientist as you make ooblek, learn about electrifying circuits, and try some other awesome experiments! 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 10:00-11:30, 12:30-2:00, and 3:00-4:30. All party guests have access to the Science Center’s exhibits and theaters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest Counts

Anyone in the party room during the party is counted as a guest, other than the birthday child. Guests who are Science Center members are also included in the guest count.  


If the birthday child is 4 or older, then children 2 and under will not count toward the number of guests. If the birthday child is 3 or younger, then 2-year-olds count toward the number of guests but children under 2 will not 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 party room. 

 

If guests arrive more than 10 minutes before your reserved party time, they should go to the Club House on Level 1 to receive their admission wristbands and drop off any gifts or other party items.

Decorations

Orlando Science Center provides and sets up decorations in your reserved party room, as well as paper products and tablecloths. The decorations will correspond with your party theme. If you would like to add your own decorations, please inform the Birthday Coordinator in advance so that we can accommodate you.

Food & Drink

Cake, ice cream, lemonade, and water are included with all party packages. You may add on other food items such as pizzas, sandwich platters, fruit trays, and more by selecting items from our approved vendor menu.

Food items may not be brought from home or from a vendor excluded from our approved vendor list. Food allergies will be accommodated; please work with the Birthday Coordinator directly after making your reservation.

Payment

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.

Cancellations

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.

Homeschool Program

STEM Discovery Center

The first Monday of each month, September through May, Orlando Science Center hosts homeschool days for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

 

The program includes hands-on Discovery Labs, educational films and exploration of our interactive exhibit halls to engage students in STEM learning.

 

Students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, but students 12 and up can participate in the program independently.

To learn more about the homeschool program, please contact the Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


Homeschool Overnights

Overnight events are a great way for students to learn and have fun with friends! This program is available for groups of 50 or more.

Topics & Dates for 2018 - 2019

November 5

Kindergarten – Energy & Forces

Grades 1-2 – Forces of Nature

Grades 3-5 – Forces of Nature

Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Wind Power

December 3

Kindergarten –Bee Robotics
Grades 1-2 – Bee Robotics
Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics
Grades 6-8 – OSCSI

February 4

Kindergarten – Little Engineers: Can We Fix It? Yes We Can!
Grades 1-2 – STEM-tastic
Grades 3-5 – STEM-tastic
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: 3D Printing

March 4

Kindergarten – Curious Chemical Reactions
Grades 1-2 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 3-5 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Solar Power

April 1

Kindergarten – Moving Machines
Grades 1-2 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Weather Balloon Challenge

May 6

Kindergarten – Who’s Gross? We Are!
Grades 1-2 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Dissection

Hours, Cost & Registration

The homeschool program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Grades K-5

Fees

Student-Caregiver Team – Members – $25

 Student-Caregiver Team – General Public – $28

One K-5 student and one accompanying adult.

 

Each additional K-5 Student – $12.50

Accompanying adult required for students 12 years old and younger.

Grades 6-8  

Fees 

Student-Caregiver Team - Member – $28 

Student-Caregiver Team - General Public – $32

  

Grade 6-8 Student only – Member – $14.00  

 Grade 6-8 Student only – General Public – $16.00