Interactive Sciencenter Programs

Engaging, educating and empowering programs are available for families, school groups and children of all ages.

Virtual Programs

The Sciencenter is currently closed to the public. In an effort to continue to bring fun, science education to you at home, we’re doing the following:

  • Sciencenter educators are facilitating live Zoom activities every weekday morning at 10:30 am. Recorded versions of the live sessions can be found on our Facebook page by 4 pm each day. Thank you to our Zoom activity sponsor, CFCU Community Credit Union!

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  • Our Curator of Live Exhibits, Colin, is hosting virtual tours of our Animal Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. You can find those by clicking on the “Sciencenter Live Stream” on our YouTube Channel.

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Latest Sciencenter Videos:

All sciencenter videos of our Zoom activities and Animal Room Tours can be found on our YouTube Channel!

Animal Room Tours:

Zoom Videos:

Programs for Kids & Families:

ScienceTogether Update
Science Together

Join us with your little ones (5 and under) for hands-on science discovery!

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through self-guided, hands-on activities. Explore a new activity and science process each week.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am
Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:00 pm

Living Lab with Cornell Researchers

Take part in exciting research about child development with the Cornell Early Childhood Cognition Lab, Cornell Infant Studies Lab, and Development of Social Cognition Lab.

Interactive Presentations

Saturday Showtime

Join us Saturdays at 2:00 pm to experience family-friendly science-in-action with special guest scientists and members of the community.

Sunday Science Demonstrations

Local high school students demonstrate awe-inspiring science with colorful chemical reactions, fun with physics, and more! Sundays, October through May, see calendar for dates and times.

Interested in volunteering for any of these programs? Contact Jennifer Schwade, Vice President of Education, at

Summer Camp

Future Science Leaders

Future Science Leaders

The Future Science Leaders (FSL) program focuses on leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills for middle school aged participants. These Future Science Leaders learn about various areas of science and communicate science with Sciencenter guests through four different strands: hands-on activities, digital media, scientific research, and exhibits. This program is free to all current Sciencenter members.

The Sciencenter also offers both a summer program and a summer camp for science enthusiasts entering grades 7 – 9. Summer camp programs for grades 7 – 9.

Interested in becoming a member of the Future Science Leaders, or want to learn more about this program? Contact Peter Leipzig, Education Program Coordinator, at

FSL Registration Form

School's Out! Camps

Programs for Groups & Schools:

School Field Trips & Group Visits

Experience the night sky indoors with the Starlab. The Sciencenter will bring this portable planetarium to your school or organization and take your students on an exciting tour of the constellations. Programs can be tailored to specific grade levels. Topics include: astronomy, earth science, history, and mythology.

  • Capacity: Seating for up to 25 people.
  • Space Requirements: The Starlab requires a 22 by 22 foot space with a ceiling height of 12 feet
  • Cost: $175 for the first show and $75 each additional show.
  • Maximum of five shows per day.

Call (607) 272-0600 ×134 for detailed pricing and to make reservations.


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Sciencenter 601 1st Street Ithaca, NY 14850
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Museum & Store Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm*
  • Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
  • *Open holiday Mondays and Mondays in July and August, 10 am - 5 pm

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