At the Lab


The month of June means summer is almost here! We have so many incredible opportunities to explore, create and inspire together for your children and family.  We have months of  fun planned throughout summer at the Children’s Science Center Lab, with hands-on activities around three themes: Bees (June), Seas (July) and Trees (August).  Come enjoy “Shark Week,” scavenger hunts, Budding Scientists preschool programs, and the popular Kids’ Night Out on August 12.  Visit our Calendar for all of the details mentioned.

Please note, as we gear up and welcome summer, we will be cleaning and preparing for our summer audience.  To do this to the best of our ability, we will be closed for maintenance on June 12 and 13. For a list of all hours of operation and special events, again, check our Calendar of Events.

The Lab Turns 2! 

Children’s Science Center Lab is celebrating its 2nd Birthday on Saturday, June 17 with a special Family Fun Day at the Lab. General admission tickets will be offered to visitors at a “2 For 1” discount.  Guests may purchase one full price admission ticket for $12 and get a second ticket free. This event, made possible by generous donations, provides accessibility, promotes family learning, and supports the Center’s mission to instill a love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create and be inspired. Visitors are asked to purchase tickets online in advance for guaranteed timed entry into the Lab as space for the Family Fun Day is limited. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event only as quantities last.



Summer of Science Celebration! June 17

We’re kicking off summer by hosting our annual Summer of Science Celebration in the Grand Court of Fair Oaks Mall on Saturday, June 17, from 1-4 pm.  This free event, open to families of all ages, will offer hands-on fun activities, musical entertainment, prizes and more!  Guests can participate in the Great Sunflower Project, take home a sunflower to plant, learn how to count pollinators and collect data to help support research scientists. The Great Sunflower Project is the largest citizen science project focused on pollinators in the country.



Summer Camp!Summer Camp 2017

If you haven’t registered for Camp yet, it’s not too late!  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!

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.


 Member Only Night!

The first Friday night of the each month, June 2, 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, Kona Grill will be sponsoring the evening sampling from their menu! They also will be giving kids T-shirts away while supplies last. These Kona Grill T-shirts will award your child a complimentary kids meal every time they wear it to Kona Grill at Fair Oaks Mall!





Father’s Day at the Lab!  

We will be celebrating Father’s on this special day, June 18, by offering Father’s free admission with the purchase of a child’s admission. What will you and your family explore together? Open 10 am – 6 pm.





What’s up at the Experiment Bar?  

At the Experiment Bar, we’ve brought back a Lab favorite of when we first opened two years ago, the Floating Rainbow. Now into our second year of operations, we’ve added a new twist -pour, mix and stack liquids to test the density of common household solutions.


Tinker Shop! 

In the Tinker Shop, there’s a variety of activities to choose from. Don’t be shy and pull up a stool at the Circuit Station and get your hands and mind busy.  Be sure and check out the slime piano, design your own hovercraft or take on several other challenges offered.  Need help? Ask a STEM educator for some tips on making the most of this gallery.
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 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.




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 11am  – 12 pm, 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!