**Available September through April


Thursdays and Saturdays 10am – 12pm

*Please check the calendar for updated information

** The themed Drop-in on Saturday, January 25 is SPACE! **

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. 

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


TUESDAYS 3:00-4:30pm

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

MONDAYS 2-3:30pm

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.


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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