Check Out The Orlando Science Center For Fun and Inspirations!
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
(Please click on red links & note magenta)
If you’re a Central Floridian parent in the process of planning for summer activities for your family or children, do not forget to add Orlando Science Center (777 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803, 407-514-2000 or 888-6734386, [email protected])to your list! Orlando Science Center (OSC) is a private science museum in Orlanodo, Florida, to provide experience based opportunities for learning about science and technology. For operating hours and admission prices, please click HERE. The Orlando Science Center is member supported and sponsored in part by United Arts of Central Florida, Inc., the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council. The venue offers 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of exhibits, a private theater, and IWerks movies, in addition to host meetings, special engagements, and weddings. To name some of OSC’s annual events, below:
- Otronicon (Orlando Electronic Interactive Convention) is an electronic gaming and simulation conference, offering demonstrations of how interactive technology would impact how we learn, work, and play. The first annual convention was held at the Orlando Science Center in Orlando, Florida, United States in January 2006. The fourth annual event was held January 16-20th, 2009 at the Orlando Science Center. Events included tournaments, workshops, retro gaming including a small version of the Videotopia videogame history museum exhibit, gaming movies, and simulations. The event in 2009 was sponsored by Full Sail University, a programming and gaming-development university located outside of Orlando, FL. Otronicon ran for ten days in its inaugural show. It was also held at the Orlando Science Center during the 2007 and 2008 convention. It contained such game systems as the following: Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Guitar Hero, and many Flight Simulators such as Helicopters, Cars, and the Original Microsoft Flight Simulator. The 2013 convention took place on January 18–21, 2013.
- Science Night Live Science Night Live are held on Saturday nights when the science center is reserved only for adults with grown-up-inspired programming including Science Trivia, experiments, 3D films, special presentations, laser light, stars and planets viewing through the giant refractor telescope in the Crosby Observatory.
- Science of Wine The Science of Wine is a wine and food tasting that takes place every May. Over 150 wines from all of the major regions of the world are represented.
- Orlando Maker Faire Maker Faire Orlando is an annual community-organized, family-friendly event featuring local do-it-yourself science and technology, art, rockets, robots, crafts, music, hands-on-activities, and more.
There are two movie theaters (Dr. Phillips Cinedome and Digital Adventure Theater) at OSC showing both educational and Hollywood films. Click HERE for the movie schedules.
- Dr. Phillips Cinedome Featurs a giant screen measuring 8,000 square feet, the 300-seat Dr. Phillips CineDome projects films through a fisheye lens, creating an image that surrounds the audience and extends well beyond their peripheral vision. It uses the largest film format in the world, 10 times larger than a conventional film theater. It’s commonly called 15/70, meaning 15 perforations (horizontally) on a 70 mm print.
- Digital Adventure Theater is one of the first museums to join a national effort with National Geographic, the Science Center has special access to one of the world’s largest giant-screen film libraries that includes award-winning films in 2D and 3D digital formats. In addition, this theater also shows select Hollywood movies and Science Live! programs such as Kaboom! and High Voltage.
For a list of exhibits within the OSC, in order from first floor, below:
- NatureWorks – 1st Floor – Exhibit hall that describes the richness of the natural world, with a focus on the diverse ecosystems of Central Florida. Such as, plants and animals of coral reefs, cypress swamps, mangrove, and other Florida environments. You can learn how living and non-living things interact with each other and their environment.
- KidsTown – 1st Floor – Miniature town that introduces science concepts through whole-body experiences, hands-on interactives and imaginative role-playing, water tables, automotive garage, orange juice processing plant and more.
- Science Park – 2nd Floor – An interactive exhibit lets visitors explore such concepts as lights and lasers, sound and waves, electricity and magnetism, fundamental forces, and simulation.
- All Aboard– 2nd Floor-Child-sized models of trains, planes and the space shuttle provide the mode of transportation as creativity provides the road map.
- Engineer It! – 3rd Floor – A hands-on exhibit that designed around the engineering process. Guests can plan a design; create a prototype; and improve and retest engineering prototypes.
- DinoDigs – 4th Floor – Exhibit consisting of fossil replicas of dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures. Uncover fossils in the giant dig pit “Jurassic Ridge”; examine real, fossilized dino eggs; explore displays that feature ancient land and marine reptiles; compare reptiles and dinosaurs to see similarities and differences; and discover denizens of the ancient oceans such as Elasmosaurus and Tylosaurus.
- Our Planet, Our Universe – 4th Floor – This exhibit is geared to exploring the strange, curious and odd peculiarities of the universe and our place within it. Discover the dynamic forces and systems that shape Earth and uncover the mysteries of the solar system. Experiences include computer-based interactives and visuals, such as images direct from the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, and hands-on stations that explore some strange and familiar phenomena. There is also a Virtusphere: a 10-foot hollow sphere that rotate freely in any direction based to the user’s steps.
- Crosby Observatory – 6th Floor – Florida’s largest public refractor telescope as well as an array of smaller yet still powerful telescopes strategically placed for star gazing. The Crosby Observatory is open from 3-5pm for SunWatch on the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting, and from 5-9 on the first and third Saturday of the month, weather permitting (exhibit halls are closed during this time).
Find out how you may have Super Science Parties, with all-day admission to Orlando Science Center for 20 party guests (plus 1 birthday child and 1 parent for Free.) by clicking HERE.
Find out about Summer Camp program at Orlando Science Center by clicking HERE.
Find out about School Programs at Orlando Science Center by clicking HERE,
Find out about School Break Camps at Orlando Science Center by clicking HERE.
Find out about Science Center Preschool at Orlando Science Center by clicking HERE.
Find out about Early Childhood program at Orlando Science Center by Clicking HERE.
Find out about Afterschool Programs at Orlando Science Center by clicking HERE.
Have a great time exploring and discovering at OSC (Orlando Science Center)!
Any comments, suggestions, concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at [email protected]
More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com