Outdoor Beer Festival Benefiting Orlando Science Center

Craft beer connoisseurs 21+ are invited to hop(s) in for an evening of brews, food, and science while supporting a good cause!

Whether you’re a stout drinker, or a cider sipper, sample over 150 local brews from around Central Florida. Sip your way through interactive science demos, check out live music, challenge your friends in a game of cornhole or giant Jenga, and more! Don’t forget to take a break, and enjoy a few of our favorite local food trucks offering some tasty treats available for purchase.

Whether you’re a VIP or the Designated Driver, explore our ticket packages and reserve yours today at www.osc.org/science-on-tap/

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

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, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

 

Schedule

Friday, February 12, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Playstation 4)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball FighterZ (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, February 13, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (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 (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, February 14, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (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 (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, February 15, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (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 (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Consent Form & Ticket Packages

All participants under (18) years of age on the first day of attending the Otronicon event must submit a consent form upon entry to the event, signed by a caregiver, in order to participate in the gaming competitions.


 

Purchase a package that includes daily Otronicon admission and game competitions. Competitions have limited seating available and are $7 per participant, per game.

Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

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.

Unveil: Wedding Showcase

Calling all newly-engaged couples…

Join us and some of our favorite vendors as we unveil Orlando Science Center for a night of wedding inspiration!

Our wedding showcase will highlight our unique and exciting venue spaces, and give a glimpse into how our fantastic vendors can transform the Science Center into the wedding of your dreams.

Unveil is your one-stop-shop for all things wedding. Don’t just imagine your perfect day, see the Science Center dressed to the nines!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to tour the venue, get to know vendors, and learn why we have weddings down to a science!

Learn how to reserve your tickets at www.osc.org/unveil.

Science on Tap

Craft beer connoisseurs 21+ are invited to hop(s) in for an evening of brews, food, and science while supporting a good cause!

Whether you’re a stout drinker, or a cider sipper, over 30 local breweries from around Central Florida will be sampling some of their best brews. Sip your way through interactive science demos, check out live music, challenge your friends in a game of cornhole or giant Jenga, and more during this all-new outdoors event in Loch Haven Park! Don’t forget to take a break, and enjoy a few of our favorite local food trucks offering some tasty treats available for purchase.

Proceeds from this event enable Orlando Science Center to inspire science learning for life for everyone through engaging experiences that build important skills and illustrate the power of science to address real world challenges. Thank you for your support!

Thank You to Our Brewing Partners

Abita logo
Allagash logo
Bells logo
Big Storm Brewing logo
Big Storm Distillery logo
Brew Hub logo
Brewlando Logo
Central 28 Beer Company Logo
Coppertail logo
Crooked Can Brewing Logo
Dead Lizard logo
Dees Brothers Brewery Logo
Design Build Brewing logo
Destihl Brewery Logo
Deviant Wolfe logo
Dos Equis logo
Heineken logo
Hop Life Brewing logo
Ivanhoe Park Brewing logo
JDUB's Brewing logo
Orange County Brewers logo
Orlando Brewing logo
Oviedo Brewing logo
Park Brewing Logo
Persimmon Hollow logo
Redlight Redlight logo
Rogue logo
Sanford Brewing logo
Sierra Nevada logo
South Beach Brewing logo
Sun King Logo
The Tank Brewing logo
Ten 10 Brewing logo
Wop's Hops Brewing logo

Thank You to Our Event Partners

Orlando Ale Line Logo
Orlando Beer Spa Logo
Orlando Homebrew Logo
Pour Choice Logo

Take a break in-between beer sampling and enjoy some good eats!

4Rivers BBQ Logo
Arepa Pela Catering Logo
Chicken Waffle Grill Logo
Cholo Dogs Logo
The Gnarly Cuban Logo
The Knot by Rollin Dough Logo

Entertainment

Brown Bag Brass Band
Brown Bag Brass Band
Scotty Long
Scotty Long

Whether you’re a VIP or the Designated Driver, choose your own adventure with our different ticket packages.

VIP Ticket – $90

  • Entry Time: 3:00 pm
  • First access to the event two hours before general ticket holders
  • 2 tickets for any full pour of your choice
  • Discounts on purchases at food trucks

OSC Member and Young Professionals Ticket – $50

Entry Time: 4:00 pm

General Admission Ticket – $60

Entry Time: 5:00 pm

Designated Driver Ticket – $30

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your Covid-19 guidelines?

The Science on Tap event will be hosted outdoors. Masks are recommended as well as social distancing of at least 6 feet while eating and drinking. OSC has implemented different entry times to ensure guests have options for early arrival and departure. VIP tickets include early entry at 3:00 p.m., Member level tickets can enter at 4:00 p.m., while general admission begins at 5:00 p.m.

Please visit www.osc.org/science-on-tap to purchase your VIP tickets today!

Can I bring someone under 21?

Science on Tap is for adults only, 21 and up. IDs will be checked before entering. Anyone under the age of 21 will not be permitted entry under any circumstances.

Can we bring a pet?

Licensed service animals are the only pets allowed entry to the event.

Where should we park?

Main event parking is available at the Orlando Science Center Garage located at 782 Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. Parking is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage all guests sampling beer to bring a designated driver or use ride-share services or taxis for safe travel. 

What should we wear?

The event is hosted outside in a grassy field, so we suggest dressing according to weather conditions. Casual attire is recommended.

Can I purchase tickets day of?

Tickets are available the day of the event by visiting www.osc.org/science-on-tap. All ticket purchases will be processed immediately on-site.

What else can I do at the event?

There’s plenty to keep you entertained! Science on Tap will also feature live musical entertainment, a 360 photo booth, fun science demonstrations, exciting lawn games, and opportunities to learn more about brewing your own beer at home!

Will food be available?

Food will be available for purchase on-site from a variety of participating food trucks. VIP tickets include discounts on food truck purchases. Please visit www.osc.org/science-on-tap to purchase your VIP tickets today!

Can I buy full size pours of beer?

Alcohol will not be available for purchase at Science on Tap. Admission includes beer samples provided by over thirty participating breweries. VIP tickets include two 12oz beer pours of your choice. Please visit www.osc.org/science-on-tap to purchase your VIP tickets today!

Will there be a last call?

Last call will be at 7:30 p.m. We suggest arriving at your designated ticket time to ensure adequate time to sample beers from over thirty participating breweries.

Will I be allowed to re-enter the event if I leave?

Once you exit the event, there is no re-entry.

How to get involved!

Are you a brewery or distributor and want to showcase your best brews?

Download the form below or contact Helen Tillem at 407.514.2290 or at htillem@osc.org.

Science on Tap: Brewer Form

Would you like to be an event sponsor?

Proceeds from the evening provide support for educational programs and engaging opportunities for youth and families to experience fun, discovery, and meaningful family time. Last year alone, more than 600,000 learners experienced the Science Center, and 136,000 people benefited through our free and reduced-price programs in an effort to give our community access to high-quality STEM learning resources regardless of their ability to pay.

Benefits include tickets to the event, logo placements, ad placement in our membership magazine, and more!

For more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Megg Murphy at meggmurphy@osc.org or 407.514.2014.

Do you have any questions or want more information?

Leave us your email below to be the first to know the latest updates.


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.

Choose Your Own Private Adventure!

Did you know that our fully functioning makerspace is used to create everything from a felt succulent garden to large interactive exhibit pieces? What else will you discover on your private adventure?

A family with young children explores animals together in the NatureWorks exhibit.

NatureWorks

Become a Keeper for a Day!

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 – 10:00 am.
The NatureWorks Private Experience will only be available through February 2022. Weekday reservations available upon request.
Adventure is open to all ages but we suggest one adult per two youth.

Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour through this fan-favorite exhibit which emulates animal habitats found in nature. Throughout your guided experience, you will participate in animal touches and feedings while learning about animal husbandry and the care that goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to learn the ropes and become an animal keeper!

Did you know our animal ambassadors are big fans of food prep? Our animals’ diets are designed to fit each of their unique nutritional needs. Help us prepare the day’s meals and feed some of our four-legged friends!

Enrichment is also a crucial part of our animals’ health and wellbeing. Learn how keepers use enrichment to keep animals physically and mentally fit. This will be demonstrated while an animal ambassador paints a two-colored masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake for your exciting day!

Meet an animal ambassador! Once you've finished your animal keeper training, there will be time for a special opportunity to interact with an animal ambassador* and pose for photo-ops. 

*Animal encounters are just as enriching for the animals as the humans who participate in them but, like humans, sometimes they want to stick to their own schedule. Animal well-being is our top priority, so if a particular animal does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

Two cregivers and ayoung child work on a craft activity together in The Hive.

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:

3D Design for Printing

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!

Make Your Own Mouse Ears

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?

Sew a Felt Succulent Garden

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.

Know Before You Go


 

  • Guests age 3 years and older are required to wear a face covering at all times while visiting Orlando Science Center and while interacting with staff.
  • Any equipment used will be thoroughly sanitized between programs.
  • Guests may bring a camera but for some behind-the-scenes programs there may be areas where you may be asked not to photograph or video record.
  • Program elements are subject to change without notice due to animal needs, weather, or staffing issues.Please review our Safety Guidelines for more information on planning a healthy 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