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The Ultimate Guide to the Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center is the perfect place to take your inquisitive child. As a parent, you’ve more than experienced your fair share of “who, what, where, when, and why” questions from your six-year-old. 

And you absolutely love every minute of it. 

But sometimes, it’s nice to get a break and let someone else satiate your kid’s enthusiastic curiosity about all the things they’re witnessing for the first time. 

With numerous exhibits and even special events, the Science museum Orlando is sure to help your kid learn about the world around them, all while continuing to spark a sense of wonder.

So, ready to get some answers? Keep reading to learn all about the Orlando Science Center, including its exhibits, special programming and events, ticket prices, location, and hours. 

Exhibits at the Orlando Science Center 

Whether your kids are more interested in the natural or man-made world, you’re sure to find an exhibit at the Orlando Science Center that will hold their interest. 

Learn all about food systems in the Food Heroes exhibit and then visit the past in the DinoDigs exhibit. For a hands-on experience, take your kids ages 0-7 to KidsTown, where they can learn while they play. Older kids (ages 8 and up) can use their creativity to build something new in the Hive: a MakerSpace.

Other exhibits include: 

  • Design Zone
  • NatureWorks
  • Fusion: a STEAM Gallery
  • Tiny Green Home 
  • And more! 

Additionally, visitors can take part in one of the Science Center’s Scheduled Experiences. These experiences include flight simulations (for guests ages 13 and up), an observatory, and the chance to participate in science experiments in Dr. Dare’s Lab. Scheduled experiences occur at special times, so be sure to check the calendar if there’s one you don’t want to miss! 

Once you’ve toured all the exhibits, take a load off at one of the Orlando Museum of Science two theaters. The Science Center’s Dr. Phillips CineDome features different films throughout the year, all projected onto an enormous (8,000 square-foot!) screen. You can also view one of the center’s Science Live! Shows at the Digital Adventure Theater. 

Special Events at the Orlando Science Center

And just when you thought the Orlando Science Center couldn’t get any better… it does. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Science Center also regularly schedules special events that appeal to a variety of ages. Additionally, you can rent space to hold an event of your own, whether that’s a wedding, birthday party, or another private event. 

Special Events

The Orlando Science Center keeps an up-to-date event calendar, so you can choose from a variety of events that meet you and your family’s specific interests. In the past, the museum has offered kids nights for the little ones, as well as adult-centric events, like a “Science on Tap” event where adults can sample local brews. 

Additionally, schools can plan field trips to the Orlando Science Center, where students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs depending on your school’s specific learning objectives. The Science Center also has homeschool programs and camp programs, including summer break and other break camps. 

Venue Rentals 

The Orlando Science Center is a great place to host your next event, whether you’re planning a birthday party, corporate gathering, or even a wedding. 

The Science Center’s standard birthday party package provides free admission and parking to 27 guests (plus the birthday child and two caregivers), as well as two extra-large pizzas, cake, 90 minutes in a private room, and more. When planning the party, you can choose from several themes to find the one that most suits the special birthday guest, such as: 

  • Party Animals
  • Fantastic Jurassic 
  • Exploration Space
  • Weird Science

Birthday party add-ons are also available if you’d like to upgrade food options or add time to your birthday party. 

And if scientific discovery is something special you share with your partner, you might even consider hosting your wedding at the Orlando Science Center. Individuals can choose between a variety of rental spaces within the Science Center to say their “I Do’s,” including DinoDigs, FINFROCK Terrace, and Our Planet. 

Or if you are looking for a venue rental for an event more general in nature, such as a corporate gathering or film screening, you can do that, too! The Orlando Science Center has numerous other rental spaces to meet your unique needs. 

Ticket Prices, Location, and Hours at the Orlando Science Center

Ready to think like a scientist? The Orlando Science Center is located in north Orlando, just off I-4: 

777 E. Princeton Street

Orlando, Florida 32803

Upon arriving at the Orlando Science Center, you can find parking at the Orlando Science Center’s parking garage (782 Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803). Be sure to bring a few bucks, as parking costs $5. You can also get to the Science Center by SunRail, as there is a stop located nearby.  

The ticket prices for attending the Orlando Science Center are listed below. Additionally, OSC also has special rates for military and first responders, Florida educators, and those with EBT or WIC cards. Before arriving at the Orlando Science Center, make sure you have reserved a timed-entry ticket online. 

Age DemographicTicket Price
Youth (ages 2-11)$15
Senior (55+)$19
Student (with ID)$19
Under 2FREE

And if you plan to be a regular at the Orlando Science Center, you can also purchase a membership package! Whether you plan to explore the Science Center on your own or with a couple or your family, there are a variety of membership packages to choose from. Memberships include free parking, unlimited general admission, guest passes, retail discounts, and more. 

Membership PackagePrice
Family Membership$165
Grandparent Membership$165
Duo Membership$145
Individual Membership$125
College Membership$65

Of course, you’ll want to ensure that the Science Center is open for your visit! OSC is open Monday through Sunday from 10AM to 5PM, with some closures on major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.


Your kid’s not going to stop asking questions any time soon….

But now you know the perfect place to get him or her some answers. The Orlando Science Center’s numerous exhibits and events are sure to be a hit. While you’re there, you might even learn something new yourself!

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