This Month @ the Lab


Spring is here if we feel it or not! We have a lot of fun planned this season.

We have a great month of fun and hands-on learning planned as we head towards camp season. Be sure and check out the calendar of events, for pop-up demonstrations and activities.

Special Hours of Operation:

Please note special closing times a few days this month:

~ Thursday, April 5, the Lab will close at 5 pm for a private event.

~ Saturday, April 14, the Lab will close at 5 pm for a private event.

~ Thursday, April 19, the Lab will close at 12 pm for a private event.


School’s out — STEM is in!

Did you know Fairfax County Schools have a student holiday on Monday, August 16,? We’ve got you covered with a STEM-tastic Single Day Camp, “Got Electricity?” from 9 am – 3 pm. After care is available until 5 pm if needed. Please visit our Camps page to learn more and register.

Kids Night Out – Soar into STEM!

Be sure and check out all the details about this fun night in the Lab for kids only!

Visit our Special Events page to learn more and register.

Family Science Night Applications are now being accepted!

Family Science Night is one of our largest community outreach programs for local elementary schools. We provide an evening program for elementary schools designed for parents to self-guide their students through 12 engaging, hands-on STEM activities. The activities are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Science Learning.  If your school would like to host a Family Science Night, please visit this page on the website for more information.  Applications will be accepted until April 30.

What’s up at the Experiment Bar? 

We’ve added yet another twist to our popular Slime Experiment! This month we explore what happens when you add a common household propellant to the mix.

New experiment arriving Saturday, April 7th!



Tinker Shop! 

In the Tinker Shop this month, we’ve placed a Maker in Residence team and they need your help working with our 3D Printer! Every Wednesday from 4-6, the Maker In Residence will be printing all sorts of things! All ages with an adult are welcome!
Check out the calendar of events for all upcoming activities, workshops, and special events!  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 Bookworms

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 the same day General Admission ticket. This program is offered at 11 am, facilitated by a STEM Educator, followed by an activity.


Budding Scientist Program

27391590842_6fdc6b2053_zThis is a program specifically designed for the visitors 2-5 years old and their engaged adult! This program is offered at 11 am, facilitated by a STEM Educator, followed by an activity.






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