Star-Studded Evenings

Fridays & Saturday evenings from 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Join us this fall and winter for Star-Studded Evenings! This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory and see a feature-length film for just $10 per person after 5:00 p.m. (free for OSC members)! Star-Studded Evenings are perfect for date night, or just a fun night out with the family!

Crosby Observatory

Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Observatory, weather permitting. Our 10″ Byers refracting telescope is used to look at various celestial objects, depending on what is visible in the night sky during the season, as well as 8″ and 10″ reflecting telescopes. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!

Digital Adventure Theater

Catch a Hollywood movie in the Digital Adventure Theater! Showtimes are 5:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Films will rotate throughout the run of Star-Studded Evenings. To find out what will be playing on the night of your visit, please check the theater schedule before you arrive. Please note that exhibit halls will be closed during Star-Studded Evenings. 

Catalyst Youth Volunteers

As a Catalyst Youth Volunteer, you have the opportunity to work closely with children and families to create a fun learning environment.

Orlando Science Center’s Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program operates year-round, and many of our volunteers return year after year. Volunteering at Orlando Science Center satisfies most middle school and high school community service requirements, and your dedication will make a difference in our community!

Applications for school year volunteering are open during the months before each Spring and Fall school semester. Orlando Science Center is looking for teenagers between the ages of 13-17 (or 18 if still in high school) to support us in our mission to inspire science learning for life.

 

During the school year, first time applicants are considered for the Youth Event & Exhibit Hall Team. The Youth Event & Exhibit Hall Team facilitates unique learning experiences in our exhibit halls through hands-on activities and helps guide our guests during special events throughout the school year.

 

Volunteering at Orlando Science Center will help you build skills and create opportunities to continue learning and growing. Exceptional Catalyst Youth Volunteers will be invited to progress through multiple tiers of service, including the Youth Visitor Experience Team, Youth NatureWorks Team, and Youth Hive Team.

Complete the Catalyst Youth

Volunteer Application Online

Volunteer Areas

The primary role of youth volunteers on our Youth Event & Exhibit Hall Team is to assist the Orlando Science Center with various special events (Member Events, Holiday Celebrations, Otronicon, etc.) throughout the year and with exhibit hall facilitation.

 

Requirements:

  • Must be 13-17 years old (18 if still in high school) at time of service.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with people of various ages and backgrounds.
  • Must attend a group interview and, if accepted into the program, a Guardian Meeting & Youth Volunteer Training.
  • Must volunteer one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) each month from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts are scheduled at the end of each month for the following month and are chosen by the volunteer on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteer opportunities on the Youth Visitor Experience Team are by invitation only during the school year and are limited to those who volunteered for a previous session. Priority for Fall session will be given to volunteers who served during the previous summer.

 

The primary role of youth volunteers on our Youth Visitor Experience Team is to serve as facilitators throughout Orlando Science Center, performing scientific demonstrations for guests and facilitating educational activities in our exhibit halls.

 

Requirements:

  • Must be 13-17 years old (18 if still in high school) at time of service.
  • Must be comfortable performing in front of groups and interacting with people of various ages and backgrounds.
  • If accepted into the program, must attend a Youth Visitor Experience Team training.
  • Must have completed at least one session of the Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program.
  • Must volunteer two weekend days (Saturday or Sunday) each month from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts are scheduled at the end of each month for the following month and are chosen by the volunteer on a first-come, first-served basis

Volunteer opportunities on the Youth NatureWorks Team are by invitation only during the school year and are limited to those who volunteered for at least two sessions in the Youth Visitor Experience Team.

 

The primary role of youth volunteers on our Youth NatureWorks Team is to facilitate unique learning experiences in our NatureWorks exhibit by performing basic husbandry skills, enclosure cleaning, and helping guests learn more about animals and conservation.

 

Requirements:

  • Must be 13-17 years old (18 if still in high school) at time of service.
  • Must be comfortable performing in front of groups and interacting with people of various ages and backgrounds.
  • Must be comfortable around animals, including insects, snakes, and lizards.
  • If accepted into the program, must attend subsequent Youth NatureWorks Team trainings.
  • Must have completed at least two sessions of the Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program.
  • Must volunteer two weekend days (Saturday or Sunday) each month from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts are scheduled at the end of each month for the following month and are chosen by the volunteer on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteer opportunities on the Youth Hive Team are by invitation only during the school year and are limited to those who have already volunteered for at least two sessions in the Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program.

 

The primary role of youth volunteers on our Youth Hive Team is to facilitate hands-on activities in The Hive: A Makerspace, assist with workshops, and inspire guests to learn to be makers through creativity and collaboration.

 

Requirements:

  • Must be 13-17 years old (18 if still in high school) at time of service.
  • Must have completed at least two sessions of the Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program.
  •  Must be comfortable performing in front of groups and interacting with people of various ages and backgrounds.
  •  If accepted into the program, must attend subsequent Youth Hive Team trainings.
  •  Must volunteer two weekend days (Saturday or Sunday) each month from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts are scheduled at the end of each month for the following month and are chosen by the volunteer on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Us

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program, contact the Volunteer Resources Department at 407.514.2070 or fill out the form below.


The Orlando Science Center is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. It is the policy of the Orlando Science Center to provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants and to administer all aspects and conditions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected-class status.

Summer Camps

STEM Discovery Center

Orlando Science Center offers hands-on summer camps so that children entering Preschool through Grade 9 can dive deep into their favorite STEM topics while school is out!

In an age dependent on innovation and creativity, our programs provide children with a platform for cultivating their interests while working collaboratively with their peers to develop lifelong skills that will enrich their lives and future community.

 

Our summer camps are accredited by the American Camps Association, which adheres to strict policies regarding camper safety and wellness.

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Registration opens January 2019 for Orlando Science Center Members and February 2019 for the general public. 


For more information, contact our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or classes@osc.org.

Observatory

Scheduled Times – Level 6

Atop Orlando Science Center sits a domed observatory that, if visited during the right time of year and under the proper conditions, can provide views of planets, stars, and other celestial objects.

 

View the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas, and binary star systems!

 

View the breathtaking night sky, brilliant sun, and even bustling downtown Orlando area from the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope along with several smaller scopes.

All activities and events in the Observatory are weather-permitting. Observatory hours are subject to change based on weather conditions in the area.


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

Viewing Opportunities

Solar Viewing

Second Saturday of the Month, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


November 10th

December 8th

February 9th

March 9th

April 13th

May 11th


Get a more in-depth look at the closest star to the Earth — our sun! After checking out the sun, learn about the telescopes that let us explore the solar system. Please remember that observing outer space requires good weather here on Earth.

Star-Studded Evenings

Peer into the cosmos at Star-Studded Evenings with the Crosby Observatory's 10″ Byers refracting telescope for an out-of-this world view of various celestial objects.

 

Winter time brings cooler weather, early sunset and recognizable constellations like Orion, Taurus and Cassiopeia.

 

Friday and Saturday nights, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. until February 23. Excluding January 18 and 19

 

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Science Night Live

An “adult swim” of the science variety, this event features everything you love about the Science Center… without kids! Experience all four floors of exhibits, films and hands-on programming aimed specifically for grown-ups, while enjoying adult food and beverages available for purchase.

 

Must be 21 and older.

 

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Private Star-Gazing Parties

Orlando Science Center’s observatory can be booked for exclusive viewing experiences for private parties.

 

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Other Opportunities

Adopt a Star

Give a gift that really shines! If you are seeking a unique and meaningful gift idea that supports a cause, consider adopting a star in a loved one’s name.

 

Each of the stars in our Adopt-A-Star Program is considered a “bright” star and all of them are visible from the OSC’s observatory at some point throughout the year.

 

Adopt A Star Brochure

Local Astronomy Group

Interested in joining a local astronomy group? Check out the Central Florida Astronomical Society.

 

CFAS activities include monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, monthly observing sessions at several sites across Central Florida, publication of a web information site, and public observing sessions when events of significant interest occur.

 

For more information, visit their site at www.cfas.org.

Our Planet

Exhibit Hall – Level 4

Our Planet offers a flurry of interactive experiences through which guests can experience weather and earth science.   Brace yourself in the winds of a Category 1 hurricane, shake things up in an earthquake simulator, and find out what it feels like inside of a cloud! Plus, try out the green screen and report the weather at the WFTV 9 Severe Weather Center, or get a close-up look at the planets at Science on a Sphere.  
 

WFTV 9 Severe Weather Center

Become a meteorologist for the day and show “those guys” on TV how it’s really done! This experience is a working replica of the actual set used on WFTV’s weather forecasts. Learn how to put a weather forecast together using the same tools a meteorologist, then you can practice delivering it in front of a green screen – putting you right in the action as WFTV’s newest chief meteorologist!  

Science on a Sphere

Learn about Earth and space science through a dynamic visual presentation using a six-foot suspended sphere and state-of-the-art projection technology. Explore our planet’s dynamic landscape and weather, tour the solar system and understand the complex relationship between our planet and its sister worlds. Show content varies by day so check the calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule upon arrival!
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Within the Our Planet exhibit, Science on a Sphere presentations offer guests a dramatic visual experience using a suspended sphere and state-of-the-art projection technology. Tour the solar system and understand the complex relationship between our planet and outer space!


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

 
 

The Hive: A Makerspace

The Hive - Level 3

Presented by The Isaacs Family 

Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive: A Makerspace, 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.

Fusion: A STEAM Gallery

Gallery – Level 3

Today’s innovators recognize the critical role of art-related disciplines in solving 21st-century problems. Fusion: A STEAM Gallery shows that art and design aren’t removed from science – they are essential complements.

 

You’ll find permanent pieces in the Fusion collection that highlight this relationship, including an interactive, visual theremin by Ginger Leigh; a one-dimensional dungeon-crawler game by Robin Baumgarten; a motorized color projection piece by Ryan Buyssens; and a multi-layered tribute to victims and survivors of the Pulse tragedy by Christy McCutchen.

 

Traveling exhibitions also are featured throughout the year with an emphasis on local artists.

Now Showing:

Comedy Wildlife Photography Contest Exhibition

November 2, 2018 – January 8, 2019

 

This fall, OSC is hosting its first all-photography exhibition in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery. This show will have you laughing like a hyena while you view hilarious candid shots from the animal kingdom!

 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is an international contest that shows off the not-so-majestic side of nature. Sometimes it’s a photo shot at just the right moment to pose a comical coincidence, like a bird behind a bear making it look like the bear has wings. Other photos featured in the exhibition capture animals’ expressions that we interpret as laughter, shock, or just pure fun.

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!

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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

Zoo in You & Human Plus

Traveling Exhibit – Level 2 

Presented by Florida Blue

Open September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Zoo In You and Human Plus go hand in hand to take you on a journey to explore the anatomy and technology that makes the human body unique and mighty! Zoo In You introduces guests to the trillions of microbes living inside our bodies, while Human Plus explores the low-tech and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body.

 

With Zoo In You, learn about the complex world inside the human body, while trying your hand at matching DNA and building your own viruses. Hop in front of the green screen to get a “weather report” on the climate conditions of your nose, mouth, gut or skin; then snap a photo when you see what you’d look like as a microbe!

 

Discover the real-world impact of technology on enhancing human abilities in Human Plus! People who use these new technologies, such as neuroprosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and vision enhancements, will captivate visitors as they share their stories. Guests can test out a simulated downhill mono-ski course, then become a DJ by sitting in a wheelchair and using the wheels to fade and scratch music tracks.

Science Live!

Don't miss the exciting live show Microbe Mania on the Science Live Stage, located inside the traveling exhibit hall.


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

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.