Orlando Science Center Plans for $30 Million Renovation Project

The Orlando Science Center is moving forward with plans for a $30 million renovation project with recent donation pledges.

Orlando Science Center

Phase one of the project includes moving KidsTown, an area for children 7 and under, to the second floor and expanding it. When finished, KidsTown will be three times the size at 11,000-sq-ft. Construction is expected to start next spring, and be completed by the end of 2016.

Orlando Science Center - KidsTown Renovation Plans
KidsTown renovation plans

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced June 15 that the city will contribute $675,000 to the project, which emphasises STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education.

Then on June 18, the James M. Cox Foundation announced it will $300,000 to the project. All totaled, almost $5 million has been raised so far for the complete renovation that will span several years.

The Orlando Science Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary, with an anticipated 500,000 visitors this year. The planned projects will serve to increase the OSC’s longevity and partnership with the community.

For more information on the Orlando Science Center, including its current Mummies of the World exhibit, visit osc.org.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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