At the Lab


The Children’s Science Center is getting out this spring and will be going on the road!  Make sure you stop by and see us at these fantastic events which bring STEM to you!


Visit us in the community:

Maker Faire NoVA

Sunday, March 19th
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
South Lakes High School and Hughes Middle School Joint Campus,
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA

Purchase tickets in advance or at the door! Take advantage of Early Bird prices before February 17.

2017 K-12 STEM Symposium

Saturday, March 25th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Nysmith School
13625 EDS Drive, Herndon, VA
Tickets are free to attend. Reserve yours today!

Don’t forget Pi Day is March 14 and also Albert Einsten’s birthday! We’ll be hosting a variety of Pi Day activities. Stay tuned for more details.

School’s Out – STEM is in!

Single Day Camp — Engineering Adventures

For children Grades 1 – 3
Friday, March 24, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn about the story of Garrett Brown; the 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee who created the SteadiCam Camera Stabilizer and the SkyCam Flying Camera System used in rock concerts, national football games, and movies.  Work collaboratively to simulate the very experiment that helped Brown to achieve the “A-ha!” moment for his invention.  Children will engage in games and storylines that provide narratives to help solve hands-on engineering challenges and apply their math intuition and number sense to create prototyped inventions for their solutions.


Most Fridays and Saturdays offer Extended Hours!

This means more time to explore, create and be inspired!  We are open 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Check our calendar for exact dates. These dates are subject to change up to two weeks prior.The Lab is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Make sure you check out the Calendar of Events for extended hours, special programs and events, workshops, camps and more!

After School Special  through April 6!


Come to the Lab after 3 pm and General Admission is only $6. Bring your friends, family, even your homework and enjoy the Lab for half the price every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Please note this offer does not apply when school is cancelled for any reason.





Exp Bar Menu_Mar_17

What’s up at the Experiment Bar?  

At the Experiment Bar, check out Ocean Chemistry where you can create a model in a cup showing the effects of ocean acidification.


Tinker Shop!

Tinker Shop sign_March17In the Tinker Shop, we are introducing Virus by Design.  Solve the problem that took viruses millions of years to conquer by efficiently fitting “nucleic acid” and “proteins” into a small package.
Check out the calendar of events for all of our extended hours this month.  Every month, the Children’s Science Center Lab offers a new experiment on the menu at the Experiment Bar and a new challenge in the Tinker Shop!



Preschool Programs:

The Discovery Zone is open to children aged 5 and under! This is the perfect place for exploring, building, perfecting fine motor skills, and making new friends! Imagination runs wild here and there’s plenty of ways to engage with your child.

Budding Scientist Program! This is a program specifically designed for the visitors 2-5 years old and their engaged adult! This program is offered at 11am  – 12 pm, facilitated by a STEM Educator followed by an activity. The activity is offered again at 2:30 pm, facilitated by one of our Team Members.


Budding Bookworms is here!  Story time is now @ the Lab! Bring your preschooler to listen and enjoy an engaging story you both can talk about all day long together! Meet your friends and make new ones at this program included with a same day General Admission ticket.

Both of these are held in the Discovery Zone this summer to accommodate our summer camp program!


Inclement Weather

We haven’t seen much inclement weather yet.  But we all know in Northern Virginia, there is still time for it to interrupt our hours of operation.  Our staff and visitors safety is our first concern. Please check our website for closings or delayed openings before making a trip in inclement weather. Also, we will be listed on WTOP’s website as well.  Let’s hope for an uninterrupted winter this year!