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





Thursday and Saturday


Evening drop-in: Tuesday, December 5th 6:00-8:00pm

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. 

November – Microscopic Guessing Game 

Explore what objects look like at the microscopic level! Microscopes will be set out across the studio with their contents covered – try your hand identifying the various objects from what you see under the microscope. 

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



(no registration required)

Special Drop-off Science Club Saturday December 16 from 10 – noon! 

Is the holiday season creeping up and you have so much to do? Drop-off your child(ren) at NS3’s special Science Club. Children will have open exploration of the Science Studio and finish up a few errands.  Ages 5+; Cost: $10/child. No pre-registration required. Our regular drop-in with parent participation is also available.

TUESDAY 3:00-4:30pm

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.


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


Some Activities Available During Drop-In







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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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 Monday November 6 from 9:00 – 9:45am– FULL  Cost: $34.

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 in January 2018.  Check back for registration.  Cost: $34.

An Evening of Science: In a one hour workshop, students will explore the science behind objects and materials we use every day through different hands-on science activities. 

The Science of Papermaking – discover the steps involved in turning pulp to paper and the importance of recycling. November 23 from 6:30-7:30pm. Ages 6+. Cost: $12. 

The Chemistry of Natural Dyes – experiment with natural dyes and acid/base reactions to create colourful fabric swatches. You will leave inspired with ideas to try at home! December 14 from 6:30-7:30pm. Ages 6+. Cost: $12. 



  • 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 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.

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