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. 

Inspire Science Breakfast

Each year, the Inspire Science Breakfast brings close to 200 community members together, all with the purpose of showing how Orlando Science Center is improving lives within our Central Florida family. Our goal is to raise funds to continue making an impact in our community. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on you, our supporters, to help be the spark that ignites innovation. 

Enjoy an uplifting start to your day at our annual Inspire Science Breakfast. Support innovative STEM education as we share how Orlando Science Center is improving lives in our Central Florida Community.   

Orlando Science Center relies on YOU to help us carry out our mission to inspire science learning for life Together we can be the spark that ignites innovation.  

 The Inspire Science Breakfast brings over 200 community members together to show how, through your support, we are working to improve lives across Central Florida. You can help build future leaders, shape our community, and develops the minds of our youth to accomplish extraordinary things. Your support will move a child through the STEM pipeline of discovery, from cradle to career. 

Guests at the Inspire Science Breakfast will enjoy a delicious meal, networking opportunities, presentations from community figures, and other heartwarming surprises 

Sign up today as a Table Host for your friends and colleagues.  

Adult Volunteers

Orlando Science Center’s adult volunteers come from all walks of life to give back to their community, and they all share a common interest: inspiring life-long learning. Volunteers give their personal time to teach, guide, and enlighten guests to ensure their visit exceeds all expectations.  

 

With roles including facilitation in our exhibits halls, data collection and administrative assistance, special event support, and more, there is sure to be an opportunity that aligns with your interests!

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Opportunity to receive a free OSC membership
  • Opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to OSC 
  • Give back to your community 
  • Discounts to Science Store and on-site dining 
  • Participation in exclusive volunteer appreciation events
  • Free parking during volunteer shifts 

Complete the Adult Volunteer

Application Form Online  

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Resources Department to learn more about our volunteer program and how your hobbies, interests, and skills can align with the Science Center’s needs.

A one-day Open House and any subsequent training is mandatory for all adult volunteers to attend. Open Houses are scheduled approximately each quarter throughout the year.

 

Adult volunteers must commit to at least 6 months of service for a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Contact Us

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s Adult 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.

Young Professionals for OSC

Young Professionals for OSC

The Young Professionals for Orlando Science Center are a group of passionate people who are 21 to 40 years old.

Established in 2015 with membership increasing more and more each year, they exist to fund-raise and “friend-raise” to support the mission of Orlando Science Center.

 

Members have a passion for science, and desire to make a positive impact. As a member, you will have opportunities to network at special events hosted by the Young Professionals Board or by Orlando Science Center, plus participate in volunteer opportunities to improve the Central Florida community.

For more information on becoming a member please contact ypgroup@osc.org or call our Development Department at 407.514.2162

 

Young Professionals Membership Application

Benefits

  • Free admission to adults-only Science Night Live with special programming. 
  • Special events hosted by the Young Professionals. 
  • Entry to an exclusive happy hour with community leaders at the interactive tech expo Otronicon.
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, fundraisers and other VIP events. 
  • Access to volunteer opportunities at Orlando Science Center. 
  • Networking with other members and professional development workshops. 
  • Invitations to participate in fundraising for annual events such as Science of Wine. 

2018–2019 Executive Committee

Brock Magruder 

Chair

Teddy Dover 

Vice Chair

James Madison

Membership Chair

Chris Ciocca

Events Chair

Nicole Cuccaro

Communications Chair

Jessica Dietrick

Philanthropy Chair

Trinette Nation

Orlando Science Center Liaison

Lindsay Winter

Group Founder and Ex-Officio Board Member

Paul Bennett

Virginia Beeson

Jack Brennan

Morgan Smith

Brittany Mead

Lauren Leavitt

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.

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!

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

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.

Theaters

If you need a break from the exhibit floor, take a seat in one of our state-of-the-art theaters.

The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition 3D Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission. Content changes regularly, so be sure to check the theater schedule before you arrive to find out what’s playing.

Guests waiting for a giant-screen film to start in the CineDome.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Take a journey to a new world with films about nature, history, geography and more on the giant screen!

A guest presenter addressing the audience during Science Night Live.

Digital Adventure Theater

Get absorbed in the action with 3D educational films and exciting live stage shows that bring science to life!

Crowd wearing 3D glasses watches a Hollywood film in the Digital Adventure Theater.

Hollywood Films

Thursday through Sunday evenings, the Digital Adventure Theater will play Hollywood films at 5:10 p.m.