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



**Available September through May


(please scroll down for information on birthday parties, workshops and other registered programs)



*Please check the calendar for updated information

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

Saturday November 24th Toy Take Apart themed* drop-in! 

Evening drop-in the third Wednesday of the month (November 21) from 5:30-7:30pm

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


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. 

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

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!



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.

Register Here


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.  Cost: $34. Interested in the sensory class and have a group of at least 6 parent and children? We will organize a 4 week set of classes for our preferred date and times here in the studio or at someone’s home. Please contact Stephanie at for more information. 

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 “The Air up There” with activities such as making balloon rockets and exploring the concept that air takes up space.  You’ll go home inspired with lots of new ideas to try!  Ages: 2-4 yrs with parent participation. New 4 week session added starting Tuesday, November 20 @ 10:30-11:15am. Cost: $34. 


  • 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.

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