Orlando Science Center, Central Florida’s hands-on science museum, is a popular attraction near downtown Orlando. With all of its offerings, it’s easy to spend a whole day at the Science Center, but it’s helpful to know what areas to focus on before you arrive.
Visitors of all ages enjoy many of the same exhibits, films, and live programming that Orlando Science Center has to offer, but certain experiences have been designed with specific age groups in mind. If you’re visiting with guests who fall into these age groups, don’t miss these recommended experiences.
If you have children 7 and under in your group, the perfect area for you is KidsTown, an 11,000 square-foot exhibit space that includes seven distinct zones of skill-building activities designed for early childhood learning through play.
Your KidsTown adventure begins in the Orange Grove, where you’ll work as a team to harvest, process and transport oranges from the grove to the market. Other zones in KidsTown let you splash and explore water currents, design your own giant kaleidoscope, and much more. There’s also a studio that sometimes offers crafts and other special tabletop activities, and a special area just for toddlers.
Kids in this age group love to challenge themselves by exploring and improving new skills. Orlando Science Center’s exhibit Kinetic Zone is the perfect place to do this! Visitors can conduct Engineering Design Challenges that allow them to design and test their own creations, and then make changes so they’ll be even better. You can create a zip line vehicle, rocket, car and more, and test them as many times as you’d like.
Teens enjoy more complex activities that require higher-level creativity and critical thinking. Orlando Science Center recently opened Flight Lab*, a virtual reality flight mission experience, to engage guests 13 and older. This age group will also enjoy The Hive: A Makerspace, which just opened in spring 2018 and allows guests to tinker with tools like 3D printers, sewing machines, laser cutters, soldering irons and more as they create a small project to take home with them.
*Note: Flight Lab is open to the public on weekends only.
On select Saturday evenings throughout the year, Orlando Science Center is reserved for adults only (21+) during Science Night Live. All of the museum’s hands-on exhibits are open, giant-screen films are screened, and special programming is added, like guest presenters and open DIY experiments. Adult beverages and light bites are also available for purchase. Science Night Live makes a great date night or evening out with friends! For dates and tickets, visit osc.org/SNL.
To learn more about Orlando Science Center, visit osc.org or call (407) 514-2000.