Special Programs & Events

Kids Night Out: Chill Out With Science!

Saturday, December 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for a Kids Night Out: “Chill out with Science!”  Experience the Lab after hours, enjoy special winter-themed activities, make new friends and enjoy dinner.  The Lab will be closed to the general public for this event.

Pizza, fruit, drinks and dessert will be served in the Garage while enjoying science related movies. Our experienced, knowledgeable team will lead them through a rotation of activities including:

  • Make a DIY ice pack used for injuries or sore muscles to take home
  • Participate in a team igloo building challenge
  • Mix up your very own Snow Slime at the Experiment Bar

STAR WARS Science Night!

Saturday, December 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us and fellow STAR WARS fans as we come together to celebrate the release of the movie, STAR WARS: The Last Jedi with a night full of fun STAR WARS themed science.

Come dressed and ready to begin your Jedi training at the Children’s Science Center Lab, you must. Padawans young and old are welcome to immerse themselves in several hands-on, fun, scientific activities.

May the force be with you as you build origami Tie Fighters and Millennium Falcons to have an epic space battle in the Wind Tunnel; Free Han Solo from being frozen in carbonite; Create lightsaber greeting cards by fashioning your own paper circuits, and more!

Designed for STAR WARS fans of all ages.


Girl Scout Programs gs-logo

Register your troop for our new Girl Scout Programs available beginning in January! These 2 hour workshops designed exclusively for Girl Scouts of America invite scouts to the Lab for hands-on engagement toward the successful completion of a Girl Scout badge. Workshops are designed with specific badges in mind.

Badge workshops are offered Monday – Thursday, 4-6 pm and Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm. Minimum of 8 scouts needed for reservation, maximum of 16 scouts. We require two chaperones per troop, with no charge for the first two chaperones.gs-shot

$12/scout. Scouts are invited to explore the Lab before or after program with a $5 additional cost per scout.

Badges offered:

Detective – Mystery at the Lab! Can you solve a “who done it?” puzzle using powers of observation, code-breaking skills, and even fingerprint analysis? At the Children’s Science Center Lab, Junior Scouts are hands-on super sleuths, learning skills to earn the Detective Badge and solving the Mystery at the Lab.

Home Scientist – How can you use everyday ingredients to create science magic?  At the Children’s Science Center Lab, Brownie Scouts conduct hands-on experiments to explore the worlds of static electricity, chemical reactions, and properties of matter to reveal the scientific secrets behind seemingly innocent everyday items.

More badge programs coming soon!

For reservations and all inquiries, please email us at Programs@childsci.org or call 703-648-3130.

Latina SciGirls

Latina SciGirls is an 8-week series of STEM-focused classes offered specifically for Latina girls in grades 3-6 in partnership with PBS SciGirls.

This program will be held each Friday evening beginning September  15, 2017, at the Children’s Science Center Lab, with a concluding family celebration held at the Lab for participants and their families on Friday, November 10, from 6 to 8 pm.

Please note the September, 2017 session is full and registration is now closed.  

Latina SciGirls es una serie interactiva de 8 semanas de clases enfocadas de Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas (STEM) específicamente para niñas latinas en los grados de 3-6 en asociación con PBS SciGirl.

La segunda serie se llevará a cabo los viernes por la noche en Children’s Science Center Lab empezando 15 de septembre,2017, terminando con una celebración en el laboratorio para los participantes y sus familias el 10 de noviembre a las 6pm asta las 7pm.
No fee is incurred by participants. 

Los participantes no pagan.

Our distinguished mentors serving the Latina SciGirls program include:

Nuestros mentores distinguidos que sirven el programa Latina SciGirls incluyen:

Margaret Dominguez
Optical Engineer, NASA Goddard
Ingeniera óptica, NASA Goddard


Alicia Santiago
Developmental Neurobiologist and Latino Outreach Specialist, Twin Cities Public Television
desarrollo neurobiólogo y Alcance Latino Especialista, Twin Cities Public Television