Children's Science Center

Children's Science Center Children’s Science Center Lab is an interactive children's museum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Located at Fair Oaks Mall.
The Children’s Science Center Lab is Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities and programs. In addition to four experience zones with changing exhibits and activities, the Lab includes a flex-space “Garage” for camps, classes, workshops, parties and mini expositions to showcase regional STEM talent in-action among area youth and families. The Children’s Science Center’s mission is to instill a love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create and be inspired.

The Children’s Science Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The Children's Science Center is grateful for the support of its founding partner, the Junior League of Northern Virginia. Learn more: www.ChildSci.org. Follow us on Twitter @ChildSci and Facebook /ChildrensScienceCenter.

When your field trip is delayed, you prep experiments! Big thanks to @nwfcu for helping us out today and every week! ......
04/04/2019

When your field trip is delayed, you prep experiments! Big thanks to @nwfcu for helping us out today and every week!
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#worktogether #volunteertogether
#fieldtripprep
#fieldtripteady
#communitypartners
#STEM #lablife🔬

Sliding into April like.......#sealife #Seastars #biology #STEM #familyfun#mondayfunday
04/01/2019

Sliding into April like...
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#sealife #Seastars
#biology #STEM #familyfun
#mondayfunday

Had the best time at @stemsymposium Saturday! Thanks to everyone who stopped by! ....#stem #stemsymposium #maker #commun...
04/01/2019

Had the best time at @stemsymposium Saturday! Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
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#stem #stemsymposium
#maker #communityoutreach
#science #createtogether
#buildtogether
#novakids @ Nysmith School for the Gifted

That feeling when you build the perfect hovercraft and it could hover all day long! Kudos to Caleb! ....#hovercraft #des...
03/31/2019

That feeling when you build the perfect hovercraft and it could hover all day long! Kudos to Caleb!
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#hovercraft #designtogether
#buildtogether
#STEMSunday
#sundayfunday
#Science #novakids #fairfax
#visitfairfax #fairfaxcounty

New @imaginationplayground blocks in the Discovery Zone! Come check them out. New shapes, more sizes, let the imaginatio...
03/29/2019

New @imaginationplayground blocks in the Discovery Zone! Come check them out. New shapes, more sizes, let the imagination run wild!
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#imaginetogether
#playtogether
#createtogether
#buildtogether
#STEM
#novakids
#preschoolfun
#familyfun
#visitfairfax
#fairoaksmall

Science on Stage is another way to get your students involved with hands-on science learning! We get students cheering f...
03/28/2019

Science on Stage is another way to get your students involved with hands-on science learning! We get students cheering for science. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/y4l5zykc
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#scienceonstage
#schoolassemblies
#schoolisfun
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#handsonfun
#stemeducation
#STEM
#fcps #lcps
#lovelearning

We’ll be heading to the #STEMSymposium this Saturday! Free event 9am-3pm. Sign up at www.stemsymposium.com. See you th...
03/25/2019
K-12 STEM Symposium

We’ll be heading to the #STEMSymposium this Saturday! Free event 9am-3pm. Sign up at www.stemsymposium.com. See you there!

ABOUT US The K-12 STEM Symposium is a free and exciting all-day forum that equally engages children, parents, and teachers, coupled with corporate, government, academia and non-profit executives alike from the STEM fields. The opportunities for students who are STEM-proficient are endless. Connectin...

Are you familiar with Kincora? Learn all about the community where the regional science center will be built.
03/23/2019

Are you familiar with Kincora? Learn all about the community where the regional science center will be built.

Kincora’s Irish roots are undeniable—but have you ever wondered about the story behind the name? Read all about it on our blog: www.kincora.com/the-story-of-kincora

Amazing time with the @live.marvel team in action at yesterday! Get your tickets now to see Marve Live at the @eaglebank...
03/21/2019

Amazing time with the @live.marvel team in action at yesterday! Get your tickets now to see Marve Live at the @eaglebankarena

https://tinyurl.com/y25729wo
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#marvel #marveluniverselive
#steminaction #familyfun
#playtogetherlearntogether
#visitfairfax
#fairfaxcounty

Happy Spring!
03/20/2019

Happy Spring!

Vernal Equinox

Astronomical spring arrives today, the 20th at 5:58 PM. This is the Vernal Equinox when the sun is directly over the equator which creates equal day and night in each hemisphere. Just so you know you can stand an egg on its end any time of the year. The sun directly overhead doesn’t change any gravitational pull down here on earth as far as the egg is concerned. The Vernal Equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring. We go into spring while the southern hemisphere heads into fall.

You might ask why the sunrise and sunset times are not exactly twelve hours apart on the first day of spring. The earth’s atmosphere bends the light so there is not exactly twelve hours between the sunrise and sunset today. As we move toward summer the sun’s angle will continue to rise. The angle of the sun is the key to climate. Yes, the days get longer and the jet streams retreat to the north but the angle of the sun is what drives climate. The higher the angle, the more overhead, the stronger the sun’s rays will be. You might also be asking yourself why it’s not the same time and same day every year. The solar year is about 365 and a quarter days so the time and date of spring and of all of the seasons can vary about a day or so. March came in like a cub lion let’s hope it goes out like a lamb.

Special visitor last week with her slime! Dolls are offered free admission but must be accompanied by their child. ....#...
03/19/2019

Special visitor last week with her slime! Dolls are offered free admission but must be accompanied by their child.
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#imaginetogether
#exploretogether
#createtogether
#familyfun
#novakids #nova #fairfax
#STEM #americangirl

Hope some of you were lucky to visit this festive crew today! ....#happystpatricksday🍀 #sundayfunday#worktogetherplay...
03/17/2019

Hope some of you were lucky to visit this festive crew today!
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#happystpatricksday🍀 #sundayfunday
#worktogetherplaytogether
#STEM
#novakids
#fairfaxfun
#familyfun

Science Museum of Virginia
03/16/2019

Science Museum of Virginia

Happy day before St. Patrick's Day, science fans! Before the holiday arrives, let's chat about a common misunderstanding surrounding the plants involved with this special day o' green.
New flash: the shamrock and the clover are not the same plant! While they look very similar they are indeed very different species. Here's some St. Patty's day science to get your weekend shamrockin'! #rva #shamrockscience #science
https://www.forrent.com/blog/food-entertaining/shamrock-and-a-four-leaf-clover/

03/14/2019

HappyπDay! Who is celebrating with baked goods? Show us your pie!

A snake that measures exactly 3.14 long is called a πthon! #HappyπDay
03/14/2019

A snake that measures exactly 3.14 long is called a πthon! #HappyπDay

Melissa Nord
03/14/2019

Melissa Nord

According to a 2016 NSF study, women make up:
35.2% of chemists
11.1% of physicists/astronomers
22.7% of chemical engineers
17.5% of civil engineers
17.1% of industrial engineers
10.7% of electrical/computer engineers
7.9% of mechanical engineers
#DressForSTEM

STEM Advisory Council meeting enjoying hands-on fun last night! ....#STEM #networking#exploretogether#worktogether #play...
03/14/2019

STEM Advisory Council meeting enjoying hands-on fun last night!
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#STEM #networking
#exploretogether
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#science #scientists

Have you heard the news?
03/09/2019
Children's Science Center News

Have you heard the news?

How did you first learn about the Children's Science Center? I learned about the Children's Science Center through Dr. Croft who is on the STEM Advisory Council for the Children's Science Center. I applied for a summer camp internship and then began volunteering with Latina Sci Girls and Family Scie...

Happy #internationalwomensday to all of the amazing women (some not pictured) who dedicate their time to our mission! .....
03/08/2019

Happy #internationalwomensday to all of the amazing women (some not pictured) who dedicate their time to our mission!
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#womenrock #STEM
#womeninscience
#womeninnovators
#worktogether
#havefuntogether
@ Children's Science Center

So proud of Kavya Kopparapu!
03/04/2019
Smashing Walnuts

So proud of Kavya Kopparapu!

Kavya Kopparapu, of Herndon, VA, has invented "GlioVision, a precision medicine platform powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that predicts brain tumour characteristics in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods by using a scanned image of a biopsy rather than a DNA sample."

Kavya is 19 years old and is a freshman at Harvard.

Thank you, Kavya, for using your incredible talents and gifts to help improve brain cancer treatments! We are certain that you have a very promising future ahead of you.

#SmashingWalnuts #CrackingTheCure

https://www.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/indian-american-teen-awarded-for-invention-to-improve-brain-cancer-treat-2001974

Come explore our spring break and summer camps today @kojam.productions at @fairoaksmall until 4pm! ....#getyourstemon #...
03/02/2019

Come explore our spring break and summer camps today @kojam.productions at @fairoaksmall until 4pm!
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#getyourstemon
#camp
#summercamp
#summerfun
#novakids
#novamoms
#loudounmoms

Come explore spring break and summer camps with us at the KOJAM Events Camp Fair at Fair Oaks Mall! Ours camps are uniqu...
03/02/2019

Come explore spring break and summer camps with us at the KOJAM Events Camp Fair at Fair Oaks Mall! Ours camps are unique and include a fun, informal learning environment! #getyourstemon

Big thanks to Unanet and NT Concepts for hosting our Founders Society Donors who joined us this week for the State of th...
03/01/2019

Big thanks to Unanet and NT Concepts for hosting our Founders Society Donors who joined us this week for the State of the Center coffee.

Loading up and heading to Guilford Elementary School today! #ontheroadagain #FamilyScienceNight
02/28/2019

Loading up and heading to Guilford Elementary School today! #ontheroadagain #FamilyScienceNight

Yesterday, we celebrated and thanked the 800+ volunteers of our organization! With their help and dedicated support, the...
02/25/2019

Yesterday, we celebrated and thanked the 800+ volunteers of our organization! With their help and dedicated support, the Children's Science Center served over 78,817 people at the Lab and in the community last year! #weloveourvolunteers Full gallery: http://tinyurl.com/y3v3fof6

Fun fact about our region. How many of these have you seen?
02/24/2019
Visit Fairfax

Fun fact about our region. How many of these have you seen?

In honor of the #AcademyAwards airing tonight, we put together a list of some popular movies that have been filmed in Fairfax County and the surrounding Northern Virginia area. How many of these have you seen throughout the years? 🎥

#FXVA Virginia is for Lovers The Virginia Film Office The Academy

02/21/2019
Howard Bernstein

Thanks Howard Bernstein!

Thunder snow was seen in a quite a few areas in western MD and WV on Wednesday...here's a quick explainer on it and why the thunder was so loud and lingering.

02/21/2019

We are gearing up to open on time today! See you at 10am if your school closed today! #iceday #cantplayinice

02/20/2019
ABC 7 News - WJLA

Is anyone having this much fun today? Show us your snow pics!

❄️🐼 FUN IN THE SNOW! 🐼❄️ It snowed in D.C. today, and that means it was an awesome play day for our National Zoo pandas, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei! https://s.si.edu/2NhGRbb

(📹: Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute)

The Lab will be closed today due to the inclement weather. Stuck inside? Visit childsci.org/experiment/ and choose one o...
02/20/2019

The Lab will be closed today due to the inclement weather. Stuck inside? Visit childsci.org/experiment/ and choose one of our Try It At Home Experiments!

Join us at 11am today for a special book and activity all about magnets! Included with admission.....#buddingbookworms#p...
02/18/2019

Join us at 11am today for a special book and activity all about magnets! Included with admission.
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#buddingbookworms
#preschool
#readtogether
#exploretogether
#familyfun
#schoolholiday

Thank you to the Loudoun County Government Board of Supervisors for their support!
02/15/2019
Supervisors Pledge Local Money to Save State Science Center Funding

Thank you to the Loudoun County Government Board of Supervisors for their support!

County supervisors have started work to find $15 million to help pay for a new regional science center at Kincora—if the General Assembly will keep a proposal from Governor Ralph Northam to also fund it. The House of Delegates version of the state budget removed $7 million in funding to start the

02/14/2019
Melissa Nord

Melissa Nord

February's Full Snow Moon will be the largest supermoon of 2019 on.wusa9.com/2StcG6y

Happy Valentine’s Day! ...#valentines #STEM#welovescience#novakids #familyfun#learntogether
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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#valentines
#STEM
#welovescience
#novakids
#familyfun
#learntogether

#welovescience #valentinesday
02/14/2019

#welovescience #valentinesday

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11948 Fair Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA
22033

General information

Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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(703) 648-3130

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