Enjoy a COOL Summer of Science at Orlando Science Center

With four floors of air-conditioned exhibits, live shows, and more, spend your summer doing science!

Times, tickets, details, and more! 
  • Orlando Science Center will be open 7 days a week from May 26 - August 9 including Memorial Day and the 4th of July
  • Daily hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • For information on our health and safety guidelines, please review our full health and safety plan here.

Brand New Exhibits

A young girl prepares to race against a screen depicting a paralympian runner

Bionic Me Presented by AdventHealth and Rothman Orthopaedics

Level 2

Control a computer using the power of your mind, try out exoskeletal super-strength, and see how a bionic eye works in our NEW summer exhibition, Bionic Me.

With more than a dozen interactive exhibit pieces, visitors will get hands-on with the ingenious technology that is changing the human experience, improving lives, and propelling us forward.

 
 
Natures Wonder

Fusion: A STEAM Gallery

Level 3

Have you heard the BUZZ about the newest installation in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery at Orlando Science Center?
 
Presented in collaboration with members of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, Nature's Wonders: The Curious and Beautiful World of Pollinators will showcase our world’s prized pollinators.
 
Including birds, butterflies, moths, bats, beetles, and of course, bees, these creatures are unaware of how crucial their role is to our ecosystem.

Timed Experiences

Audience in a movie theater

Larger-Than-Life 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.
 
Cool Science live show with liquid nitrogen demonstration super cooling Peeps in a beaker.

COOL Science Shows

From to StoryTime to some literally cool liquid nitrogen demonstrations, check the daily schedule to see all of the exciting live science programming!

Feed Your Mind

Take a break and take a bite with Food Heroes! 

Built and designed to complement the new 4Roots Cafe, this exhibit explores the complexities of our food system and how we can make it more sustainable and healthier for everyone.

Mark Your Calendars

Don't miss these exciting upcoming events:

  • Learn the skills you need to feel empowered to create! Whether you’re a professional maker or exploring a new hobby, everyone has something exciting to learn during Make Fest June 18 & 19!
  • RSVP to a party 65 million years in the making! We’re going on
    safari into the prehistoric past to uncover dino-mite programming,
    including larger-than-life live shows, claws-on activities, and more during our Paleontology Party August 28 & 29
  • There’s no age limit on curiosity! Whether you’re looking for a get-together of old friends or a fun date night out, Science Night Live is your chance to let out your inner child and experience everything the Science Center has to offer - without the kids! 
Guests enjoying The Hive A Makerspace

Mess Fest is Back!

Join us for the messiest weekend of the year at Orlando Science Center!

 What’s the best kind of mess? The kind YOU don’t have to clean up! Get hands-on with our ooiest, gooiest, messiest activities during Mess Fest! From slime time to fizzy paint, join us for some good clean fun during Mess Fest as we get creative with our favorite colorful and sensory-friendly activities.

Explore Mess Zones and learn the science behind your favorite che-MESS-try experiments, see a foam-splosion on the terrace, create your own custom slime, and more! If you don’t make a mess, you’re not doing it right!

Don't miss special guest performances by WeFlip Entertainment! Have fun learning about physics in this amazing acrobatic show.

Don’t miss these mess-tivities!

  • Slip into the Mess Hall and learn about the science behind our favorite messy activities with spin art, Alka seltzer painting, and more!
  • Meet some creative local artists and makers who have turned being messy into a profession
  • You'll have a blast learning about the science of suds with foam-splosions on the terrace
  • Flip out during WeFlip Entertainment's incredible acrobatic show
  • Our littlest learners are invited to join Messy Science StoryTime and MiniMaker Workshops in KidsTown
  • Create your own custom slime in Dr. Dare's Lab
  • And so much more!
Guests watch large cloud of foam exploding during outdoor Science Live show.

Prepare for Mess Fest at home with a messy DIY activity! 

Learn about the science of slime with ooey-gooey oobleck or observe our capillary system in action using a colorful coffee filter with some of our favorite, messiest, OSC at Home experiments! 

We suggest setting up a workspace outdoors to keep the mess outside your home. Then, take a photo and share on social media #OrlandoScience Center for a chance to be featured on our page!

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

*Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11:00 a.m. Tournament Key: 

This year’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament will be separated into age brackets. Players in Grade School and Middle School will compete in Bracket A, while High School and above will compete in Bracket B.

At 11:00 a.m., Brackets A and B will compete simultaneously. The champions of each bracket will then face off to see who is the best of the best!

At 3:00 p.m., players of all ages will be welcomed for open play in Bracket E. 

A - Grade School and Middle School
- High School and Above
E - Any Age

Schedule

Friday, February 18, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball Fighter Z (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*

Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, February 20, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, February 21, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Otronicon Waiver and Release Form for Game-play, Competitions and Special Content

All players under (18) years old on the first day of the Otronicon event must submit a consent form upon entry to the event, signed by a caregiver, in order to participate in competitions. Any cash prizes won by minors will be awarded directly to that minor participant.

Waivers may be completed online or in person. If a minor is dropped off or is attending alone, the caregiver must be present with the minor on the first day in order to validate their electronic signature on this form.

Caregiver only need to complete one form per child per day for the entire event. Waivers will be kept on file for all (4) days of the event.

To expedite the check in process, caregivers may bring a print out of the email (or show on your phone) along with a valid photo ID to the waiver table. The name on the photo ID must match the caregiver's name on the email confirmation.

Registration for all competitions is onsite at Orlando Science Center. There are no online registrations for competitions.


General Rules

  1. Admission to the Orlando Science Center is required for all competitions.
    Registration is required for all competitions. This is done on-site at the Orlando Science Center.
  2. You must be registered for your competition no later than 15 minutes before competition start time but be aware that competitions many times reach their max capacity before this deadline.
  3. Each competition is $5.00 to compete per person, per game.
  4. Players must use only the controllers provided by Orlando Science Center. No outside controllers are allowed and may be confiscated.
  5. Competition is greatly encouraged, but excessive taunting or threatening will not be tolerated.
  6. Games started only with official PKG staff (Ref's) permission.
  7. Players will not tamper, unplug, or touch any of PKG's equipment without permission.
  8. No pausing of any game. No intentional glitching. No disrespecting fellow players/staff members.
  9. Intentional cheating will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  10. All decisions made by Orlando Science Center or Powder Keg Games are Final, and not subject to appeal.
  11. Suspected cheating or foul play must be immediately reported to PKG staff (Ref).
    Accumulating 3 warnings will result in expulsion from tournament, and possibly the premises.
  12. Prizes and competition details subject to change without notice.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

5 Ways Orlando Science Center Can Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions

Check out a few ways science can help with your New Year's resolutions!

As we ring in the New Year, many take the opportunity to reflect on the past as they look to the future. Self-improvement can come in many forms. Whether you're looking inward to focus on self-care or looking for ways to help make the world around you a better place, or both, a little science can help with your New Year's resolutions!  


 

Learn something new 

Whether you're crazy about chemistry or wild about nature, the Science Center has something for everyone!

From the deep sea to deep space, go on a larger-than-life adventure in one of our giant screen theaters. Or try some exciting hands-on science experiments in a real chemistry lab in Dr. Dare's Lab. If you really dig dinosaurs, stomp into DinoDigs to uncover fossils, join a Dino Safari, or learn about these ancient creatures from the inside out with the new Poozeum coprolite and dino poo display! See what's happening during your visit!

A mother and her children examining colored filtered in an experiment about light.

Get more active

Put on your walking shoes, because, with four floors of interactive exhibits, there's no doubt you'll be making countless circuits around the Science Center!

Flex your mind and your muscles as you learn about the pulley system in Kinetic Zone. Or put the 'FUN' in FUNdamental motors skills in KidsTown, featuring seven dynamic and interactive zones for any stage of development your little learner is in!

a man pulling himself up on a pulley seat

Give back to the communtiy

Orlando Science Center’s adult and youth volunteers and interns all carry out our mission to inspire science learning for life. Whether their role is to directly interact with guests or work hard behind the scenes, every team member plays an important part in contributing to our organizational success.

Donate your time to bring the Science Center to life in a way that complements your expertise and interests, explore exciting real-world STEM careers, learn new skills, and more!  

A volunteer holds up a tortoise for guests to get a closer look.

Make healthier choices

Food might be the true universal language. We need it to sustain ourselves. We use it to comfort ourselves. But making healthier food choices begins with learning more about our food. 

The new Food Heroes exhibit presented by OrlandoHealth explores the interconnectedness of the food system, and those people fighting to make it more equitable, sustainable, and healthier for everyone. Learn about local food systems and the organizations making a difference right here in Central Florida. 

a man giving a presentation

Try a new hobby

Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. From computer coding to sewing, you can never learn too many skills! 

Stop by The Hive: A Makerspace on your next visit to try an engaging and hands-on Open Make activity or visit our OSC at Home blog for projects you can do right at home! 

Guests enjoying The Hive A Makerspace

Dinos In Lights Holiday Show – Now Playing through January 4

Join STAN the T-Rex and his fossil friends in DinoDigs as they show off their twinkling talent in a festive display of music and light. Each family-friendly show will begin every half hour and runs for four minutes, concluding with a wintry surprise.

Stellar Virtual Speaker Talk

Houston, we’re go for lunch!

Join us Friday, July 9 at 12 p.m. for a live virtual talk with a member of NASA’s Artemis Mission. Grab some lunch as we learn about the technology and challenges that will be taking astronauts back to the Moon and beyond!

Launch into 4Roots Cafe on Level 1, or join the stream from anywhere on WebEx.

Tiny Green Home

Tiny Green Home Tours
Level 1 (Loch Haven Park)

This diminutive abode offers a hands-on experience through interactive displays that educate visitors on energy and water conservation measures, sustainability rebates, vehicle electrification, renewables, composting, food gardens and other efficiency methods.

It includes a functioning roof-top solar array and a rain barrel to collect and conserve water, among other green features visitors can add to their own homes.

Built by OUC, the City of Orlando, and Orlando Science Center, the 200-square-foot home hopes to increase sustainability education and awareness in Central Florida.

The Tiny Green Home is an educational resource showcasing the benefits of:

  1. Energy and water conservation
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Sustainability rebates
  4. Vehicle electrification
  5. Composting
  6. Growing your own food 
  7. Sustainability programs from OUC, the City, and the Science Center.

Part of the American Cities Climate Challenge grant, the $100,000 project is funded equally by OUC and the City, along with a $15,000 grant from The Natural Resources Defense Council.

Thank You to our Partners! 

To learn more about programs and resources, click to visit our partners below!

City of Orlando Logo
OUC The Reliable One Logo

Generous Support Provided by:

Little Diversified Architecture

View – Smart Glass

Tip Top Roofing

esaSolar

Rheem Manufacturing Company

Ferran Services

Thomas Lumber Co.

NovaCharge

Ovation Construction

4Roots Foundation

Landreth Lighting

Karndean Design Flooring

Rachio

Private Experiences – Choose Your Own Adventure!

Orlando Science Center’s private experiences are more than tours… they’re fully immersive and hands-on adventures that allow you to shadow our incredible staff while you join us on a fun, educational journey to take a deeper dive into the inner workings of your Science Center!

These 90-minute private programs are offered for groups of 3–10 guests from the same party who would like to visit the museum before we open to the general public or as we are winding down at the end of the day.

Our team has been hard at work creating new experiences! Please check back soon for new offerings.

The Hive - Private Experience

The Hive: A Makerspace 

Join the Maker Movement!

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00 – 10:30 am OR 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Workshops are best suited for makers ages 8 and older.

Go forth and create! In this collaborative workspace, you can try new tools, build new skills, and create something one-of-a-kind to take home. Makers are MacGuyvers. Through the simple act of making something, you are strengthening essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

These private experiences will challenge you to bring your ideas to life, and every choice you make will lead you to something new. Makerspaces cultivate community so enjoy sharing your creations with each other.



Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation, so select one of the following projects for your group’s private experience to explore and make your own:

Get an overview of 3D printing technology, the software involved, and some applications for 3D printers in the world. Learn basic 3D modeling skills as you work together to create a custom 3D-printed piece! Discover how this technology is revolutionizing so many industries by turning creative ideas into realities. Your only limits are your imagination!

Create your own ribbon-wrapped mouse ear headband by using 3D printed ear loops. Design an original garden headband with faux foliage or choose from a variety of materials to adorn your very own headwear that can’t be mass-produced. Each piece is unique to the creator. How’s that for custom fashion?

You don’t need a green thumb to create a flourishing succulent garden made of felt! Make a small magnet or desk garden using laser cut felt shapes. Learn techniques to make five varieties of succulents and cacti using plush sewing techniques as well as hot glue rolled or wrapped succulents. Create a unique and beautiful small personal garden just for you or share it with someone special. Enjoy this gardening without breaking a sweat or getting your hands dirty.

Pricing

Private Experiences

Members / Non-Members:
$200 / $250 for up to 5 people


Additional Guests

Members / Non-Members:
$25 / $30 each for ages 12 and up
$20 / $25 each for ages 3–11

Private Experiences can host up to 10 guests and we suggest at least one adult per two youth. Programs are non-refundable.

Packages do not include General Admission to Orlando Science Center for non-members. Admission tickets can be added before or after your program for a reduced rate during your visit.

Book Your Adventure!

To learn more about our adventure options, check availability, or make a reservation, please call 407.514.2290 or email groups@osc.org.


Lunch in Pompeii • A Free Virtual Speaker Series in Partnership with UCF College of Sciences

Grab a sandwich or some coffee, and let's have lunch. In Pompeii! 

Travel plans canceled this year? Go back in time with “Lunch in Pompeii”, a free speaker series held through Zoom. Hosted between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., take a nice break from work or school, and tune in to learn about some of the artifacts that can be found in our latest exhibit Pompeii: The Immortal City.        

This collaboration with UCF and the Orlando Science Center started in 2019 with the launch of Knight at the Museum, a speaker series hosted at OSC. Lunch in Pompeii continues this partnership with a virtual speaker series to meet the needs of today's world and social distancing. These subject matter experts will help give us a uniquely in-depth look at various topics related to the exhibit. 

This speaker series is FREE, but you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link and login details.

*This series is recommended for students 13 years and older but younger students are welcome to join.   

How Metal Shaped Pompeii and the Roman Empire

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Metals were a fundamental part of Roman life, providing a wide range of weapons, coins, implements and jewelry. Given the scarcity of metals in Roman provinces, demand for these precious resources drove previously unprecedented scales of interaction and trade that affected linked Rome, including major trading centers like Pompeii, to the Roman provinces and beyond.

Dr. Joseph Lehner will examine how metal production and trade shaped the Roman world, and how the archaeological study of these materials give us extraordinary insight into not only the mechanics of the empire but also the daily lives of people who once lived there.

Lunch in Pompeii with Joseph-W.-Lehner
Dr. Joseph W. Lehner Ph.D.

Dailies and Delicacies: Getting a Taste of Pompeii

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dine like the ancient Pompeii citizens in a gustatio, a light lunch of starters! Our meals and the meals of those before us are very different. Here, you can attend a virtual tasting of daily fresh breads, drink a full-bodied raisin wine or posca, a cold, watered-down vinegar, and savor herbed olives in oil. Sounds delectamenti!

Dr. Lana Williams will give us a taste of why our modern system of tastes that seem so “naturally” preferable to us are very different from those of the past. The perfect meal of ancient Pompeii and the Roman World was one where all the tastes, and therefore all the virtues, would be simultaneously present.

Lunch in Pompeii with lana Williams
Dr. Lana Williams, Ph.D.

Fleeing Pompeii: Bodies Frozen in Time

Thursday, December 10, 2020

When the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius hit Pompeii in 79AD, its ash formed a protective shield around the bodies of the citizens. This created a type of mummification. Pompeiians are now called “ash mummies” due to the intactness of bodies.

Dr. Sandra Wheeler dives into how and why these preserved bodies provide several different insights into the deaths, but also the lives of every day Pomepiians.

Lunch in Pompeii with Sandra Wheeler
Dr. Sandra Wheeler Ph.D.

Learning From Lasers: Uncovering Pompeii With Chemical Laser Analysis

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lasers and Pompeii? Ancient and modern worlds collide in this presentation by Dr. Matthieu Baudelet. As an associate professor of Chemistry at UCF, Baudelet specializes in laser-based spectroscopy for forensic analysis.

Lunch in Pompeii with Matthieu Baudelet
Dr. Matthieu Baudelet Ph.D

Pompeii: The Immortal City is on display at Orlando Science Center from October 26, 2020 - January 24, 2021. Get your timed-entry tickets today!

Pompeii: the Immortal City Exhibit - Premiering October 26, 2020

DinoDigs

Exhibit Hall – Level 4

In DinoDigs, guests will encounter giant fossil replicas of ancient sea creatures and dinosaurs showcased in their prehistoric worlds. You’ll also find authentic fossils of ancient reptiles and mammals, some of which were found right here in Florida.

The Dig Pits are sanitized with MaxxClean which is a non-toxic cleaner with no VOC's or odor and is safe for people and pets. 

How does it work? All living organsims need a pH neutral environment between 4.8 and 9.2 to live. MaxxClean raises the pH level of the surface to over 11 which creates an environment that viruses, mold, and microogransims cannot live on.

Adult volunteer in the DinoDigs exhibit showing fossils to visitors.

Check out the Building Guide to see a map and information for our current exhibits.

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Poozeum at Orlando Science Center

Poozeum – Level 4 Hallway

Explore the Fascinating World of Coprolites & Dinosaur Poop

Drop in and learn about coprolites with this new display adjacent to DinoDigs. The Poozeum is a collection of some of the largest coprolites ever found and it’s so much more than a crappy complement to our existing dinosaur fossil displays.

What is a coprolite? Also known as fossilized feces, coprolites are very old pieces of prehistoric poop that have become fossilized over a very long time. Coprolites come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they have been discovered on every continent on earth. These special little time capsules provide direct links to prehistoric animal diets, behaviors, and environments.

From dino dung to crocodile caca, check out over a dozen specimens, including Barnum – the Guinness World Record Holder for “world’s largest fossilized excrement from a carnivore.” It was generously provided by a very full T. Rex and loaned to us by the “King of Fossilized Feces,” Famed Collector and Explorers Club Fellow, George Frandsen.

Specimens on display range in sizes and date back 11,700 to 200 million years ago. They were discovered all over the world, including some spots in Florida. Scientists can find all sorts of things in coprolites, which can help identify what kind of animal created them. The specimens on display include bits of bones, teeth, scales and plants and were made by dinosaurs, crocodiles, fish and sharks.

For more nuggets, visit: www.poozeum.com