Available September through April



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 punch pass of 10 can be purchased 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.

**During Themed Drop-Ins the regular exploration of the studio will still be available with the themed activity as a bonus to our many hands-on science exhibits. 



LEGO Robotics Club:  This is a drop-off program where kids are able to create and program LEGO creations using drag and drop programming.

Each session is 90-minutes, but children are not required to stay for the entire session.    Kids are free to explore any of the LEGO activities we have available during this time. 

Ages: 6+; $10. No pre-registration necessary.

Are you a child-care provider, Scout or Girl Guide group? Interested in bringing a group to the studio?

Please contact us for group drop-in rates.


First LEGO League will resume in the Fall of 2020*

First LEGO League:  A brand new program for LEGO Robotics enthusiasts looking for a new challenge! 

Who: This program is geared towards kids ages 9-14 with EV3 and coding experience looking for a challenge. Kids new to LEGO Robotics should check out our LEGO drop-off program below. 

What: FIRST® LEGO® League is a global robotics competition. The program is built around theme-based challenges to engage children in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering. The FIRST® LEGO® League Competitions involve the Robot Game and an Innovation Project. This year’s theme is City Shaper. NS3 will be creating a team of 3-10 participants. Check out more about FIRST® LEGO® League here

A regional competition will be held in Victoria BC in February 2020. Participation in the competition is not mandatory. 

Where: Team practices will occur at NS3’s Science Studio

When: Practices will occur Mondays from 2-3:30pm. The first team meeting will be on September 16th.  The team would continue to practice on Mondays for 1.5h from September through January.

How: Registration is closed for this year’s team. 

Price: The cost of this program is $200.


Multi-visit passes are available!


Nanaimo Science multi-visit pass cards make a great gift for the young scientist or engineer in your life!

10-visit passes are available at the Nanaimo Science studio.  Passes/punch cards do not expire and may be shared amongst members of the same family.  Passes can be purchased for either the LEGO Robotics Club ($100) or our general Drop-In programs ($40) – we accept cash, cheque or credit/debit cards.  



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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