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. 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.

Program Schedule for The Hive 

March 2020

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.

Thursday, March 5, 19, 26

3:00 p.m.

Gyotaku

Create nature prints of fish and sea creatures inspired by the Japanese art of fish printing!

Saturday & Sunday March 7 & 8

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

Machine Sewing 101

Learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine.

Thursday, March 12

3:00pm

Kite Making

Let's go fly a kite! Learn about the history and science of kites as you learn how to make your own sled kite out of Tyvek!

Saturday & Sunday March 14 & 15: 

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

Plush Sewing

Stitch up a little keychain friend in this advanced beginner sewing lesson as you learn the basics of creating your own plush.

Saturday & Sunday March 21 & 22

11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Under the Doodle Sea

Everything’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me! Bring some undersea creations to life in this 3d printing pen workshop where you’ll learn about 3d printing and some of the amazing bioluminescent creatures that live in the deep!

 

Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29

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

 

Open Make Experiences

 

Nature Month

March

Learn some outdoor skills indoors to get yourself excited about spending some time in nature! Activities include knot-tying, nature sketching, cartography, and survival skills!

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 1/2 sheet single layer 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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 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.

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 please contact the Education Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M–F).
If you would like more information on our program, please fill out the form below. Thank you!


Homeschool Program

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 13 must be accompanied by an adult, but students 13 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

October 7

Kindergarten – Out of This World

Grades 1-2 – Mighty Magnets

Grades 3-5 – Space Tech 

Grades 6-8 – Flight Lab 

November 4

Kindergarten –Energy & Forces
Grades 1-2 – Forces of Nature
Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics Waitlist
Grades 3-5 – Forces of Nature Waitlist

Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Wind

December 2

Kindergarten – Bee Robotics

Grades 1-2 – Bee Robotics

Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics

Grades 6-8 – OSCSI

February 3

Kindergarten – Little Engineers
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 4

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. – 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