At the Lab


Summer is in full swing! We have so many incredible opportunities to explore, create and inspire together for your children and family.   This month, we focus on  Trees for our preschool programs, Budding Bookworms, and Budding Scientists.  Everyone can enjoy and learn about Virginia Native Trees as they wander through our “woods” in our scavenger hunt! Don’t forget to check out our  Kids’ Night Out on August 12.  Visit our Calendar for all of the details mentioned.

For a list of all hours of operation and special events, again, check our Calendar of Events.



 Have you heard about the Eclipse?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

At the Lab, beginning August 5, we will be offering more information and demonstrations to help us better understand what to expect and why this unique event will occur. Check our Calendar for more specific times.



Summer Camp!

If you’re wondering what to do this summer that’s is fun and memorable, think about sending your child to STEM Camp!   Visit our Camp Page for all the details and get your kids registered for a week of hands-on fun and learning they’ll never forget! There are a few spaces still available.

We have three new camp themes that are all about creativity, invention and design, and offer sessions for a variety of ages.  Whether your camper is launching rockets, designing roller coasters, becoming an inventive entrepreneur or constructing a nature center full of adventure, there is STEM-tastic fun for everyone!

Camp includes free admission to the Children’s Science Center Lab each day, along with a Lab

T-shirt and a pizza lunch on the last day.

Give your child a summer camp experience that will unlock their creative potential. For descriptions, ages and dates, visit our website.



 Members Only Night!

The first Friday night of the each month is a special time at the Lab for our members!  Active members can enjoy this special night meeting other members, asking more questions and engaging more closely with our STEM Educators. This Friday, August 4, members who pre-registered will enjoy the evening with Chief Meteorologist and Meteorologist Melissa Nord from WUSA9’s weather team.  They will be sharing fun facts about the upcoming eclipse and Topper will be going “live” on the air during the 5pm and 6pm newscast.   Be sure and tune in!








Interested in becoming a member at the Children’s Science Center Lab? Basic & Premium Memberships available.





What’s up at the Experiment Bar? 


At the Experiment Bar, we’ve added Traveling Hovercraft. Build a hovercraft and test and see which surface it travels best or worst on. This is all about friction.


Tinker Shop! 

In the Tinker Shop this month, we’ve placed a Maker in Residence team and they need your help building a 3D Printer! This is your chance to learn more and explore 3D printers and how they work starting with the basics of putting one together. Every day 2-4 pm. 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!