Please note that there will be closures over spring break.  Stay up to date on our monthly calendar. 

Please see descriptions of Studio drop-in activities and registered programs below.





Thursday and Saturday


Drop-In: During Drop-In times our hands-on studio is open for visitors to explore at their leisure. Children are $4, and adults are free (Drop-In book of 10 for $30). 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.

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



(no registration required)

TUESDAY 3:00-4:30pm

LEGO Robotics and Science Explorations 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 (cash or cheque please)  No pre-registration necessary.

*Starting April 4, 2017 LEGO Robotics Club and Science Exploration will be combined on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30pm. 

Workshops, Birthday Parties, and all other programming: Please visit our website ( or contact for more information.


Some Activities Available During Drop-In







Class Descriptions for registered programs:

Infant Sensory Class:  This is a 4 week series for parent and child that explores different sensory activities.  Each week will feature a different sense: touch, sight, sound and smell.  The class is led by an NS3 educator and will take you and your child through several stations related to the sense of the day. Ages 6-18 months with parent participation. New session starting April 18 from 9:00 – 9:45am. Registration is now available here.

Pre-school Explorers:  This is a 4 week series for parent and child that explores different hands-on science activities suited for ages 2-4 yrs.  Each week there will be a theme and several activity stations within that theme.  For example, a theme of “Mixing and Separating” with activities such as making slime and coffee filter chromatography.  You’ll go home inspired with lots of new ideas to try!  Ages: 2-4 yrs with parent participation. New session starting April 18 from 10:30 – 11:15am. Registration is now available here.

Homeschool Series:  New series will run Tuesdays for four weeks April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 16, 2017 from 12:30-2:30pm. The theme will be Cycles in Nature! Time will be spent outdoors interacting and observing the natural cycles happening all around us including: the water cycle, animal life cycle, carbon cycle, and rock cycle. Concepts will be supported with hands-on activities at the Science Studio, and make and take projects. Cost: $80  Ages: 6+ Dates:  Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm @ NS3’s Science Studio. CANCELLED.

Homeschool Full Day Workshop: The full-day workshop April 21, 2017 will explore the theme of Marine Conservation! Students will discover whale anatomy as they build the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS) Build-A-Whale! Topics will include killer whale ecology, conservation, adaptations and investigating marine pollution such as microplastics. Dates: April 21 from 9:00-3:00pm. Cost $40. Ages 6+. Location: NS3’s Science Studio. Pre-registration required. Registration now available.




  • 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.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: On select Saturdays throughout the year, the NS3 offers fun science workshops. Find more information and registration 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 to check on availability.

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