There is a lot going on at the Orlando Science Center. As one of America’s top hands-on science centers they are constantly providing interactive learning and discovery through hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. During the winter and holiday season, the Orlando Science Center revives its seasonal nighttime star-gazing sessions at its Crosby Observatory. They have also added holiday-themed laser-light show on the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome.

The Crosby Observatory (the silver-dome atop the Orlando Science Center) houses Florida’s largest refractor telescopes available to the public. On the first and third Saturday through Saturday, February 18  from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky through their telescopes. Observe moons, planets and other astronomical special events during evening sky watches and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. Astronomy experts and volunteers are on hand to make sure you get the best view possible. In addition to the spectacular sky watching, you may also enjoy an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline.

The observatory’s admission price is $7 for everyone (regular admission is usually $17 for adults, $12 kids). These tickets only provide access to the observatory (the rest of the Science Center is closed during skywatching hours – from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). Observatory is free for Science Center members.

The holiday-themed laser-light show is projected onto the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome, and will run daily through Jan. 8. Popular musical favorites such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “Christmastime.” Other featured artists include Mariah Carey, Enya, Randy Travis, James Galway, Eurythmics, Burl Ives, Nat King Cole and more. Show times vary, but tend to run around 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.  The holiday laser light show is included in regular Science Center admission which is $17 adult and $12 ages 3-11.

For more information about the Orlando Science Center, go to or call 407-514-2000. On evenings you are not star gazing, and you’d like to be entertained by some “stars” from the 1930’s, we’d like to invite you and your gang to Capone’s Dinner & Show. We’re open every day of the year and through New Year’s Eve, we are presenting our special holiday show! It’s a great time of the year for an evening out at our Orlando dinner show. Get your tickets half price by ordering them online.

Last Updated on November 30, 2011