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.

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

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.


*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: A Makerspace

Program Schedule for The Hive 

September 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.

Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, & 26

3:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29 

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

Soapmaking

Create your own bar of soap and learn about the science of soapmaking! 

Saturday and Sunday, September 7 & 8 
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Special Programming

A surprise pop-up activity will take the place of our typical workshops, details to be determined.

Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15

Bookbinding

Make your own chapbook or journal as you learn the basics of sewn bookbinding.

Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22

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

Open Make Experiences

 

Up-cycling and Reusing

Learn some fun ways to up-cycle materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill!

September 1–30

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. Maker activities for ages 7 and under are available in the KidsTown Studio.

 


 

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

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.
  • Two Extra Large Pizzas (up to one topping).
  • Hands-on themed activities 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.

Printable Birthday Invitation

 


 

With generous support from

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Party Packages

  • 27 guests + 1 free birthday child and 2 free caregivers 
  • Cost: $350 for members; $400 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Additional guests can be added for $12.50 per person.

Take flight and embark on a virtual reality mission using Oculus headsets to follow a flight plan. Explore the forces of flight as we navigate an aircraft through a set of obstacles using advanced simulation technology. Flight Lab experience is 30 minutes.

  • Maximum of 26 guests may participate in this experience. Flight lab party packages may only be booked for the 3:00 p.m. time party slot. 
  • Cost: $350 for members; $400 for general public
  • Includes ALL of the benefits listed above
  • Additional guests may not be added to this experience. 

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 

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.

 

Fantastic Jurassic 

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.

 

Exploration Space 

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. 

 

Weird Science 

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.

 

Maker – (New!)

Come explore some tools of makers when you and your guests will create 3-dimensional works of art using 3Doodler pens. Recommended ages 6+

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 and their caregivers (limit two). 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 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.

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, 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.

 

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.

Contact Us

To book your birthday party or request additional information please contact the Education Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or fill out the form below


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 2019 - 2020

September 9

Kindergarten – Engineering
Grades 1-2 – Superworm Science
Grades 3-5 – Roller Coaster Physics
Grades 6-8 – Lasers Engage!

October 7

Kindergarten – Energy & Forces

Grades 1-2 – Forces of Nature

Grades 3-5 – Forces of Nature

Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Wind Power

November 4

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

December 2

Kindergarten – Out of this World

Grades 1-2 – Mighty Magnets

Grades 3-5 – Space Tech

Grades 6-8 – Flight Lab

February 3

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 2

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

April 6

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 5

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 – $26

 Student-Caregiver Team – General Public – $29

One K-5 student and one accompanying adult.

 

Each additional K-5 Student – $13.00

Accompanying adult required for students 12 years old and younger.

Grades 6-8  

Fees 

Student-Caregiver Team - Member – $29 

Student-Caregiver Team - General Public – $33

  

Grade 6-8 Student only – Member – $14.50  

 Grade 6-8 Student only – General Public – $16.50