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Science Central recognizes that our Mission to be a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages is as important as your health and safety.

As we begin making plans, with the goal of being able to reopen soon, Science Central is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and our visitors, even as we navigate through this challenging time.

Upon reopening we would hope that your families and friends see us as a safe and engaging venue of informal science education. Let’s all use the best defense we have, knowledge. Let’s remember that the COVID-19 virus is still with us and just as concerning as before the state put into place a measured return to a ‘new’ normal. Join with us in fighting this international crisis.

We encourage our community to be aware of your behavior, be safe in your interactions and know what your choices are before engaging. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19

Science Cenral Staff

UPDATE 5/18/2020:  Onsite Summer STEM Camps from June 8th through June 28th have been canceled, but we are offering new activities. These will include science kits you can do at home as well as live interaction with Science Central educators. If you are registered for any of these programs you will be contacted soon!


Updated 5/8/2020.

Afternoon Science Frequently Asked Questions


What time does everything start?

An early arrival time of at least 15 minutes is recommended! The check-in process will occur at the Admissions desk, with scanning your child’s ticket for the program, then your student(s) will receive a wristband to designate what group they’re in and their schedule for the day’s program.


Can children attend by themselves?

Yes! Students will need to be signed in by a parent or guardian, then they will be escorted to their lab and demonstration by a Science Central staff member. Parents simply need to come inside for the check-in and check-out process of the program.


With this new format, are parents/families allowed to stay in the building for the duration of the program?

Absolutely! Parents, siblings, and/or any other family members not participating in the program are more than welcome to remain in the building for the day’s program. They will simply need to pay regular, full-price General Admission at the front desk when checking in their student(s) for the program, or use their Science Central membership. General Admission tickets can also be purchased on our website! Due to capacity constraints, parents and other family members will not be able to sit in the demonstration theater during the Afternoon Science demonstration.


Will students have time to explore the exhibit floor during the Afternoon Science program?

The new structure of the Afternoon Science program includes a 45 minute lab and 30 minute demonstration. For families wishing to have time to explore our engaging exhibits, we recommend arriving early before the program or exploring the exhibit floor after you’ve signed out your student from the program. Anyone wishing to explore will need to check-in with the Admissions desk prior to going out on the museum floor.


For program questions, please contact Dale Ruppert, the Special Programs Manager, at 260-424-2400 ext. 427 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For registration questions or assistance, please contact the Registrar, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .