Orlando Science Center, one of the area’s premier kid-geared science museums, has reopened after a three-month closure due to COVID-19.
Museums in Florida are allowed to open at 50 percent capacity under the current Phase II, but admission to the science center is being limited to 25 percent during the initial reopening, going to 50 percent when the center feels safe to do so. Guests are currently required to purchase timed tickets in advance and choose an entrance time to limit the number of guests entering at one time.
Hours have also been reduced during the initial reopening (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., noon to 5 on Sunday) with the facility closed on Wednesdays for deep cleaning.
“We recognize that inspiring science learning today will look different than it did prior to the pandemic,” the Center’s website reads. “First and foremost, we are dedicated to a safe and gradual reopening that utilizes the principles of science to guide us.”
Guests over the age of 3 are required to wear masks and have their temperature checked when entering the building. The Science Center has added over 30 new hand sanitizer new hand sanitizer stations to be readily available for guests and staff. They are placed in highly prominent and visible locations.
With social distancing measures in place, some exhibits have been temporarily closed, and to encourage social distancing, some experiences will be available for only one party at a time. Other experiences will be open with a few modifications, including smaller amounts of high-touch pieces and an occupancy limit. All high-touch pieces will be rotated and exhibits will be disinfected three times per day.
Popular areas in KidsTown, such as the Orange Grove and Toddler Town, areas usually designed for the smallest visitors, will have reduced capacities. The Digital Adventure Theater will only be offering 2D movies at this time.
“Seeing children return to Orlando Science Center reminded us that the best way we can serve our community will always be creating experiences that encourage people to explore and discover, learn and grow,” Science Center President JoAnn Newman said. “The detailed reopening plan is grounded in science and built on the data provided by the CDC to help mitigate exposure to COVID-19. It has been thoughtfully prepared by our team, who used it to create new operational procedures.”
To get tickets, or get information about its virtual Summer Camps, go to my.osc.org/events