Remembrance Day special hours

Please note, there will be no Little Explorers on Wednesday, November 11 (Remembrance Day). Science East will be open in the afternoon from 12-4 pm.

A reminder, Science East offers a 15% discount on regular admission to military members all year round!


Trick or Treat! The APEGNB Low Scare Haunted Tour returns to Science East!



Fredericton’s best Halloween event for kids is back, as the 3rd annual APEGNB Haunted Tour returns to Science East Science Centre!  Little ghosts and goblins will encounter spooky delights and fascinating sights, all in the intriguing and mysterious old York County Jail!

“Our event really focuses on the wonder and science of Halloween,” says educator Becky Geneau. “I think it’s what makes our event so unique for families. There are always things you just won’t find at any other Halloween event – we’re even going to make our visitors disappear!”

The Science East Haunted Tour will also feature lots of hands-on activities, plus time to play with all our Halloween-themed exhibits. Proceeds from the Tour go to support Science East’s Little Explorers program, a free-access program for early learners.

Here’s what you need to know for this year’s tour…

  • Dates and Times: The Low Scare Haunted Tour will run on Friday, Oct 30 from 3 pm – 7 pm, and on Saturday, Oct 31 from 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Special entrance for event: Our Haunted Tour will be kicking off at Science East’s back gate (also known as the Market entrance). From there, you’ll travel to each floor of Science East with lots of adventures along the way!
  • Admission: Cash only. $5/person.
  • Costumes are encouraged! It’s Halloween, so we’d love to see you dressed up in your finest!

For more information, please call 506-457-2340.

Illuminate! Science East launches new season of award-winning program in New Brunswick

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Science East Science Centre is pleased to announce this year’s dates and locations for its award-winning program, Illuminate! Shedding Light on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)!

Each year, Science East educators visit a dozen different schools around the province with hands-on workshops for students on different STEM-related topics. These workshops are capped off by a community night, showcasing different businesses and professionals in the area and how they use STEM.

“A lot of students struggle to make connections between what they learn in school and the careers they’re interested in,” says Illuminate! program coordinator Kayoe Stewart. “Through Illuminate!, we shed light on the variety of careers that require science or math – everything from art and medicine, to computer programming and mechanics. It’s a way to show students and their families what career options are possible with STEM, and help them learn about the courses that are necessary to get there.”

This year’s Illuminate! program will kick off in Nackawic on Oct 27, with seven more schools to follow before mid-December. Additional schools and dates will be added in the New Year.

“We invite local businesses who use STEM to set up interactive displays,” says Illuminate! community night coordinator, Angela Chang. “It’s an opportunity for students to meet people in their own communities who are using STEM every day, and it’s a chance to celebrate and promote the work being done, right here in New Brunswick.

In 2014, Illuminate! received the Best Outreach Program in Canada award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres.

Illuminate! community nights are free and open to the public, and will feature hands-on activities and displays for all ages.

6-7:30 pm, Oct 21 – Nackawic Middle School

6-7:30 pm, Oct 27 – Tobique Valley Middle High School (Plaster Rock)

6-7:30 pm, Nov 3 – Grand Manan Community School

6-7:30 pm, Nov 5 – Chipman Forest Avenue School

6-7:30 pm, Nov 10 – St. Mary’s Academy (Edmundston)

6-7:30 pm, Nov 19 – Campbellton Middle School

6-7:30 pm, Nov 26 – Fundy High School (St. George)

6-7:30 pm, Dec 3 – Harold Peterson Middle School (Oromocto)

For more information on Illuminate!, please contact Kayoe Stewart at, or call 506-457-2340 x 125.

If your business or group is interested in setting up a display at an Illuminate! night, please contact Angela Chang at or call 506-457-2340 x 130.

First Nations Science Program gets major boost from RBC Foundation

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Science East Science Centre is pleased to announce a major funding initiative for its First Nations Science Program from RBC Foundation. Representatives from the bank presented Science East with a cheque for $10-thousand, as a first installment. RBC Foundation will invest a total of $30-thousand over three years into the program.

“We are very happy to support the First Nations Science Program,” says Jeramie Joudry, branch manager for RBC Royal Bank. “This is an important program to foster growth and community partnerships, and we are excited to be part of it.”

The First Nations Science Program was established in 2011, with an initial gift from RBC Foundation. The program inspires understanding and interest in science studies and careers by providing hands-on science workshops, travelling exhibits, career events, after-school activities, science centre visits and professional development for teachers in science.

Science East has developed a national reputation for the quality of its science outreach programming across New Brunswick. In 2014, Science East was the winner of Best Outreach Program in Canada from the Canadian Association of Science Centres for their science and technology career program, Illuminate.

“This gives us long-term sustainability for our First Nations Science Program,” says Science East CEO David Desjardins. “Our staff have worked hard to make this program happen, and we couldn’t be happier to know we have the resources to keep it going for years to come.”

RBC is one of Canada’s largest corporate donors, with a tradition of philanthropy dating back to 1891. In 2014, RBC committed more than $104 million in donations and sponsorships worldwide to support community activities and organizations.

Picture (L to R): Chris Morrison, RBC Royal Bank Commercial Account Manager; David Desjardins, CEO of Science East; Jeramie Joudry, RBC Royal Bank Branch Manager.

Science East’s Robo-Families is back – with a twist!


Science East’s unique Robo-Families program is back, with four new exciting projects planned for October and November. Robo-Families is the only program of its kind in New Brunswick, allowing parents and children to build, program and operate robots, using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. The workshops are held on Saturday afternoons at Science East.

There’s a new twist to the popular program this year – Science East will be offering a couple of two-weekend builds, along with the usual single afternoon sessions.

“There’s so much you can do with the Mindstorms kits, but only so much you can get done in a three hour session,” says Robo-Families coordinator, Kayoe Stewart. “We thought it would be fun to expand a couple of the workshops over two weekends, to really explore all the features of the different robot builds.”

Two robots will be featured in the double sessions – the SPIK3R (Oct 17 and 24), a scorpion-like robot that can attack targets with its lightning tail and crushing claw – and the GRIPP3R (Nov 7 and 14), a cool robot that can grasp and carry heavy objects.

“You won’t have to wait until the end of the second session to have a functioning robot,” explains Stewart. “The workshops are broken into missions. The first session, you might build a simpler version of the robot and program it to accomplish different tasks. Then the second session, we’ll enhance it and add other features to make it something really special.”

Robo-Families will also offer two one-off workshops, where families will build and program a complete robot project in the three hour time period. The EV3 GAM3 is scheduled for Nov 28, and the always popular SUMO BOTS will be held on Dec 12.

“Space is limited and we expect the workshops to sell out,” says Stewart. “Be sure to register early to make sure you get your spot!”

                                      Double session workshops: 

Oct 17 and 24 – SPIK3R

Nov 7 and 14 – GRIPP3R

Cost (includes both sessions):

$30 for one child and one adult (members)

$34 for one child and one adult (non-members)

$10 per additional child (maximum two children per adult)

                                         Single session workshops:

Nov 28 – EV3 GAM3

Dec 12 – SUMO BOTS


$15 for one child and one adult (members)

$17 for one child and one adult (non-members)

$5 per additional child (maximum two children per adult)

 For more information, or to register, call Kayoe Stewart at 506-457-2340 x 125, or email

Little Explorers Returns to Science East!

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Science East’s popular Little Explorers program is back for another fun year of play, learning and discovery! Every Wednesday morning, Science East will open exclusively for children 5 and under and their parents/ guardians. Best of all, it’s FREE!

“It’s a great opportunity for the little ones to explore the centre at their own pace,” says Director of Education, Karen Matheson. “This program is a chance for them to meet children their own age, to get excited about learning, and meet some of those important developmental milestones.”

Each Little Explorers session features a special hands-on activity from 9:30 am to 10:15 am, followed by a chance for children and parents to explore the science centre until 11:30 am.

“You can choose to drop in for a bit or stay for the whole session,” says Matheson. “The activities are always creative and fun, and parents find so much in the centre to keep little minds and hands busy. We encourage children to play and touch everything.”

Little Explorers

Wednesdays at Science East

Hands-on activity: 9:30 – 10:15

Centre exploration: 10:15 – 11:30

FREE for children 5 and under, and their parents and guardians

*Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian


Please note: In case of inclement weather, Little Explorers will follow local school cancellations – if school is cancelled in the Fredericton area, Little Explorers will be too.

For more information, call 506-457-2340, or email

Science East extending winter hours


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More time to play, discover and learn this winter!

Science East Science Centre is pleased to announce it will now be open 7 days a week, all year round! Beginning September 1st, Science East’s regular hours will be extended to include Sundays and most holidays from 12 noon to 4 pm.

“We’re thrilled to give people another option for fun, hands-on activities during the cold months,” says Science East CEO David Desjardins. “It’s another way we can help families enjoy quality time on the weekends, while contributing to a vibrant downtown Fredericton in the winter.”

Science East’s new fall hours will come into effect on September 1:

Monday – Friday: 12 noon – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday and holidays: 12 noon – 4 pm

Sign up for Science East membership today!

Fredericton Community Foundation invests in Science East



(June 23, 2015) Science East is pleased to announce it has received a five thousand dollar grant from the Lillian E. Covey Fund, held by the Fredericton Community Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase a new exhibit for Science East’s outdoor science playground.
The outdoor science playground, which opened in summer of 2001, is located immediately behind Science East’s main building and features a variety of fun and interactive exhibits demonstrating scientific concepts and learning. The current exhibits include a large-scale replica of the galleon ship found on the New Brunswick flag, a human gyroscope, giant chess and more. Each exhibit is carefully selected by Science East educators to engage both body and mind, providing opportunities to experiment with science concepts in physically active ways.

The new exhibit for the playground will be kept top secret until it is unveiled for the public. It’s expected to be installed later this summer.

In Photo L to R: Tim Fox, Executive Director of the Fredericton Community Foundation, Dr. David Desjardins, CEO, Science East Science Centre, Nancy Roach, board member, Fredericton Community Foundation, Michael Edwards, Director of Programming, Science East Science Centre.

Get the creative juices flowing! Science East introduces Mini Mak-r camps

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A new Science East summer camp promises to get your kids thinking outside the box – literally! Mini Mak-r is a camp for children ages 8-11 that encourages kids to be creative as they problem solve, tinker and invent.

“Makerspaces are becoming very popular collaborative places for people to work together on unique solutions for different problems and scenarios,” says educator Kayoe Stewart. “Mini Mak-r takes that concept and makes it not only kid-friendly, but kid driven.”

Children in the Mini Mak-r camp will be playing with some high-tech toys, such as Little Bits and Makey Makey. However, they’ll also be using low-tech materials to create sophisticated machines.

“One of our favourite activities is hydraulics,” says Stewart. “We give the kids some plastic tubing, a couple of plastic syringes and some old cereal boxes, and ask them to create a moving bridge that operates on hydraulics. It’s really fun to see what they come up with, using what are essentially recyclables you might find in your home.”

One of the most important concepts of the Mini Mak-r camp is trial and error – kids will be encouraged to try out ideas that may not work the first time, or even the tenth time!

“It’s an important step in the learning process, to see that sometimes it takes a while to get it right. Our campers learn the process of developing an idea, prototyping it, and then testing and tinkering until it works the way they want it to. They learn how to communicate better and how to work hard for a goal – and that makes them more confident, more creative, and more excited about learning.”

Mini Mak-r camps are running July 13-17 and July 27-31 at Science East Science Centre in Fredericton.

Register online here

More information on all Science East camps here.

Two more science centres added to Science East travel benefits

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Science East is pleased to announce that two more science centres have joined the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, ON, and the Petty Harbour Mini-Aquarium in Petty Harbour, NL. That means Science East members will enjoy free admission to both centres, along with more than 350 other science centres world-wide!

Want to see where Science East membership can take you? Check our our new interactive map!