Interactive Sciencenter Programs

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

In-Person Programs

Explore the Waterfront: The Sciencenter is currently taking part in the Explore the Waterfront event series with other local organizations. Each Saturday at 10 am in Conley park (behind the Sciencenter), or in the Sciencenter parking lot, through August 15, we’ll be doing FREE outdoor activities, like snake shows, and exploring bubbles! Join us for outdoor fun! Masks are required for all attendees ages 2+!

Science Together: We’re starting up Science Together again! Each week we’ll explore an activity that’s designed for children and their guardians to explore different science processes together. These activities are designed for those ages 0-4. Science Together will take place in the Sciencenter (admission required). Masks are required for all attendees ages 2+ and each group will be socially distant from others. See which Science Together activities are coming up on our Calendar page!

Virtual Programs

In an effort to continue to bring fun, science education to you at home, Sciencenter educators are facilitating live Zoom activities every Tuesday morning at 10:30 am. Click here for the Zoom link! Recorded versions of the live activities can be found on our Youtube channel. See which virtual events are coming up on our Calendar page!

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Sciencenter Activity Videos:

Looking for a fun virtual activity? Our Youtube Channel is home to a wealth of fun, hands-on experiments for kids that you can do at home with simple supplies, as well as fun and interesting tours of our Animal Room! Check out our YouTube Channel!

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.

Check our calendar page to find the latest dates and times of these activities!

Living Lab with Cornell Researchers

At this time we are not doing Living Lab. We look forward to resuming this in the future.

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

We are working on putting together free, outdoor, Science Programming each Saturday. Check our calendar page to see which activities have been scheduled!

Join us on Saturdays to experience outdoor, 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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