Special Programs & Events

Kids Night Out — Mystery Night at the Lab!    

Drop off the kids for a night of fun, hands-on detective work! They’ll collaborate with their own forensic team led by our experienced staff and discover clues to discover the culprit!

Dinner and exploring the Lab is included. The Lab will be closed to the general public for this event.

Activities include:

~ Fingerprint Analysis

~ Exploring Ph Levels

~ Glitter Grabber

Date: Saturday, October 21

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost:  $40 for first child; $5 off additional children


This event is currently sold out.

To join the wait list in the event of cancellations, please register below. There is no cost to join the wait list.

Family Costume Party!

Prizes will be awarded for creative and original ideas; maybe come as your favorite scientist? or your best science pun?
Whatever you choose, you and your family will tinker in our Tinker Shop, explore our exhibits in the Inspiration Hub, engage with the younger set in our Discovery Zone, and conjure up some spooky science at our Experiment Bar!
No need to worry about dinner! Several food items and drinks will be available for purchase in our Garage from our Fair Oaks Neighbor, Kona Grill, including their popular Kid’s Bento Boxes. Cash sales only.

Saturday, October 28

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission is included for Basic and Premium Members.


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

Silvia Jaramillo-Regalado
Computer Engineer and Co-Founder, Culture Tech Cadets
Ingeniero informático y Co-fundador, Cultura Tech Cadetes

Amelia Gandara
Chemical Engineer and Undergraduate Researcher, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
Ingeniero químico y licenciada investigadora, Conn Center para Investigación de Energía Renovable

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