Located at E. Princeton St., in Orlando, Florida, the Orlando Science Center is the great place where children can learn about science . Established in 1955, it aims to inspire science learning for life. The Orlando Science Center has also been accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
The first floor of the Orlando Science Center is a home to NatureWorks and KidZone. NatureWorks allows the children to immerse themselves in the wonder of nature without the inconvenience of sunburn, mosquito bites, rain, and rough terrain. It displays the diverse ecosystems and focuses on those of Central Florida. Here, the children can learn about the relationships between living and nonliving things and the balance that keeps the ecosystems thrive.
KidsTown is a miniature city, which allows the naturally curious children to see how a city works. This is an interactive area where the kids are introduced to science concepts that are being use to keep a city running. There is an orange grove where the children are allowed to pick oranges and watch them processed an orange juice factory.
The second and third floors of the Orlando Science Center are devoted to the traveling exhibits that make their way into the museum. Currently, Clifford the Big Red Dog is being featured in the second floor.
Children who are interested in dinosaurs and anything prehistoric will be looking forward to the fourth floor where DinoDigs can be found. This exhibit features skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in their respective habitats on land, sea, or air.
Also, the BodyZone is on the fourth floor wherein visitors are taken into a tour of the human body. Potential physicians will love this anatomical foray into the human body starting from the entrance, which is made to look like a mouth, down to the esophagus and the digestive tract. Everything is made to simulate the experience one may get by voyaging into the depths of the human body, from the squishy tongue down to the peristaltic movements of the intestines.
Our Planet, Our Universe is also found on the fourth floor and is a permanent exhibit on earth science and astronomy. It is divided into sections such as Earth, Wind and Sky, Planets and Portals and Gravity, and Waves and Warps that will thrill any young mind who is interested in geology and the planets.
The Crosby Observatory is located on the sixth floor of the Orlando Science Center and houses the largest public refractor telescope in Florida. There are as well several smaller telescopes within the Observatory that are also quite powerful for stargazing. There is a SunWatch held every first Saturday of the month from 3 to 5 PM, if the weather is favorable, and every third Saturday of the month from 5 to 9 PM.
The Orlando Science Center is open the whole year round except for Wednesdays during school year due to exhibit updates and maintenance. On Tuesdays to Thursdays, the museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM.