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Photo Review: The Children’s Science Center Lab

The Children’s Science Center Lab opened its’ doors to the public this summer, and it’s a hit with kids and parents alike! The Lab precedes The Children’s Science Center, set to open in 2020 in Loudoun County, which will offer interactive and hands-on exhibits, activities, and other programs focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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The lab, located in Fair Oaks Mall, provides an educational and fun environment for families and kids of all ages via four interactive exploration centers. The Lab is well-staffed with eager and attentive employees ready to help, educate, and encourage. We went with a wide-range of kids, from 6- to 11-years old, and each had a GREAT time!

The four interactive exploration centers include:


Tinker Shop
Create, build, test, deconstruct, and then do it all again! This workshop-like space provides open-ended engineering design challenges. Rotating activities will include building structures; creating crafts to test in the vertical wind-tube; making art, music, and more with circuits and robotics; and dissecting machines and toys. Design individually or with a group as you tackle these fun challenges.

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Experiment Bar
Step on up to the Experiment Bar and order from a rotating menu of experiments that demonstrate the wonders of science through the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics, and beyond. Experiment individually or with a group as you test and observe the results of cool science in action.

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Inspiration Hub
Discover fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits that convey real-world applications of STEM: Power the City, Catching the Wind, Chain Reaction, Gear Table, and the Keva Plank Construction Zone. Participate in the design of the future Children’s Science Center in our Museum Prototyping Zone by providing your ideas and feedback on our plans.

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Discovery Zone
Spark your budding scientist and engineer in this special zone designed for children aged five and under. With a special focus on collaborative learning with parents, caregivers, and educators, the exhibits and activities include Light & Shadow Play, Imagination Playground, and early hands-on science Discovery Boxes.

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The Children’s Science Center Lab is located at 11948L Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 22033 (Map it). Enter at the mall entrance between Sears and Lord & Taylor. Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 648-3130.

Admission is fee-based for all visitors ages two-years and older. Discounts are available for seniors (62+) and members of the military. Group rates and special rates and special rates for under-served audiences are also available. The Lab is open 7-days a week from 10 am-6 pm with extended hours on select Friday and Saturday evenings until 8 pm (check their calendar or homepage for exact dates).


Disclaimer: Please click or call to confirm your visit details, as information is subject to change since this photo review.


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