**Available September through May



*Please check the calendar for updated information

Thursday and Saturday drop-in 10:00am-noon

Evening drop-in the third Wednesday of the month (December 19) from 5:30-7:30pm

Special winter break drop-ins: December 27th from 10am-noon and December 28 from 1:00-3:00pm!

There will be no themed* drop in, in December.

Drop-In: During Drop-In times our hands-on studio is open for visitors to explore at their leisure. Children are $5, and adults are free (Drop-In book of 10 for $40). For safety purposes we require children under age 16 be accompanied by a minimum number of supervising adults:

Children 4 years old and under, 1 adult per every 3 children is required.

Children 5 years old to 9 years old, 1 adult per every 5 children is required.

Children 10 years old to 16 years old, 1 adult per 10 children is required.

*The last Saturday of every month will be a themed Drop-In! The regular exploration of the studio will still be available with the themed activity as a bonus to our many hands-on science exhibits. 

Interested in a bringing a group to the studio? Please contact us for group drop-in rates. 



TUESDAY 3:00-4:30pm

(no registration required)

Science Club:  This is a drop-off program where students are able to create and program LEGO creations using drag and drop programming, as well as enjoy open explorations in the science studio. We allow 90 minutes for each class but students are not required to stay for the entire session.  Ages: 6+; $10. No pre-registration necessary.

*A Science Club 10 punch pass is also available for $100. Ask us about it at the next Science Club!


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Stop Motion: You requested it, so we made it happen! This is a special mini stop-motion animation workshop, from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Drop your kids off for 4 hours of fun and get any last minute holiday shopping done! Learners, explore your creativity by making a 30 second stop motion video. Sketch a storyboard, build your characters, and film your adventure. Ages 6+, Cost $25.

LEGO Robotics: This is a special mini LEGO workshop, from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018. A 4 hour drop off program where learners can build LEGO creations and program them to move, or explore the many hands-on activities in the Science Studio! Ages 5+, Cost $25.


Some Activities Available During Drop-In




  • Located at 4355 Jinglepot Road (former Mt. Benson Elementary- now home to Island ConnectEd) 
  • Please note, Island ConnectED school is a nut-free, citrus-free and scent-free facility.



SCHOOL PROGRAMS: NS3 has a wide variety of school programs available — bring your class for a fun-filled morning of hands-on science. For more information on our school programs, download our program worksheet.

WORKSHOPS: On select days throughout the year, the NS3 offers fun science workshops. Find more information here.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Bring the kids to us and watch them celebrate and have fun at the Studio. Click here for more birthday party information and contact for availability.


You can now register for NS3 programs using our new registration software hosted by Amilia. As we switch platforms, please let us know if you encounter any problems.

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