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Welcome to the exciting world of Mad Science!

Mad Science is a leading science enrichment provider. We deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. We are a small, local business that is part of the world wide network of Mad Scientists! We provide science programs throughout the Central Virginia region including Greater Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg & Stafford.

Our innovative programs help kids learn about science through our fun after-school programs, preschool programs, in-class workshops, camps, birthday parties and special events. Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic. Our approach to teaching science invites children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based careers. 

After School Programs - Mad Science has created a vast library of unique after school programs. Our spectacular demonstrations, hands-on activities, and real world discussions make learning about science fun for kids! Our interactive, one-hour after school science programs include such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers, and even the science of toys. In each class, children are encouraged to give science a try and build their very own model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more. Children even get to take home their science experiment to show Mom and Dad!

Birthday Parties - A science themed birthday is a great party idea that is sure to entertain! Mad Science birthday parties offer children a chance to participate in cool science experiments with a certified Mad Scientist! Kids discover the fun side of science as they take part in spectacular science demonstrations including chemical magic, movie special effects, and amazing bubbling potions. We have a laboratory full of interactive demonstrations and activities for your child’s next birthday! You can hold your party at our Mad Science Laboratory at Innsbrook or we can come to you!

Homeschool Workshops

Science workshops for homeschoolers on the first and third Wednesday of most months.  Workshops start at 10 AM.

  Che-Mystery (Sep 15)
  Lights, Color, Action (Oct 7)
  Lab Works (Oct 21)
  Science of Magic (Nov 4)
  Space Travel (Nov 18)
  Science of Toys (Dec 2)
  Junior Reactors (Dec 16)
  Life in the Sea (Jan 6)
  Space Technology (Jan 20)
  Optical Illusions (Feb 3)
  Mineral Mania (Feb 17)
  Fantastic Fliers (Mar 2)
  Walloping Weather (Mar 16)
  Wacky Water (Apr 6)
  Dinosaurs (Apr 20)
  Be Tobacco Free (May 4)
  Tantalizing Taste (May 18) 

Preschool Workshops

Science workshops for preschools on the first and third Thursdays of most months. Workshops start at 10 AM.

  Mad Mixtures (Sep 17)
  Animal Friends (Oct 8)
  Space Explorers (Oct 22)
  Let's Measure (Nov 5)
  Healthy Choices (Nov 19)
  Lights On (Dec 3)
  Keep in Touch (Dec 17)
  Human Body (Jan 7)
  World of Colors (Jan 21)
  Shapes & Structures (Feb 4)
  Dinosaurs (Feb 18)
  Eye to Eye (Mar 3)
  Listen Closely (Mar 17)
  Fluttering Birds (Apr 7)
  Science of Music (Apr 21)
  Butterflies (May 5)
  Sea, Sand & Surf (May 19)






In-Class Workshops - Enhance your classroom science experience with workshops that are aligned to STEM objectives! A Mad Science workshop is a convenient way to offer students a hands-on and fun science experience. Our in-class science workshops offer professional lesson plans, unique equipment, and dynamic instructors.  Each workshop comes with a Teacher Resource Package featuring teacher resources guides with crosscutting concepts to help educators maximize the learning experience, before and after, each Mad Science workshop. Dozens of workshop topics are available to fit your need.  These are a perfect in-class field trip option for your class!

Summer and Holiday Camps - Mad Science summer camps and holiday programs give kids the opportunity to learn about science through our interactive and hands-on science activities.  All of our science camp programs let children become junior scientists for the and embark on a series of science adventures! Camps are located throughout the Richmond area including Innsbrook and the Science Museum of Virginia. 

Science Shows - Spectacular science shows bring kids and science together in an unforgettable event! Mad Science special events are spectacular science-themed shows designed to amaze and entertain audiences. Children learn about science when they see foggy dry ice storms, float on a Mad Science hovercraft, watch a foam factory at work, discover Bernoulli’s principle, make magic mud, alter sound waves, and so much more! Mad Science events are ideal for elementary school assemblies, corporate events, and community centers. Shows can be customized to suit any group size, budget or time frame.  From scouting banquets to library programs & corporate picnics, Mad Science is a unique way to entertain an audience!

Preschool Programs - Mad Science brings the wonders of science to preschool children, aged 3 to 5. Our fun science experiments are engaging, interactive, and a hands-on exploration of specific science topics. From air, our animal friends and butterflies, to water, weather and worms, our preschool science programs are designed to captivate the curious nature of young children. Preschoolers enjoy captivating demonstrations, perform simple science experiments and discover how science can help us to better understand the world around us.  Check our Preschool Schedule for a list of classes held at the Innsbrook Mad Science Lab.

Homeschool Programs - Mad Science offers Science workshops for home school organizations.  We can take our workshops on the road to your location or you can come to the Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  We also offer scheduled workshops for homeschoolers on the first and third Wednesday of most months.  Workshops start at 10 AM and last an hour.  Workshops are $10 per child for each individual class and are appropriate for grades K to 5.  View our programs page for a complete list of workshops available for home school education in the Central Virginia area (Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville & Fredericksburg).  Check our Homeschool Schedule for a list of classes held at the Innsbrook Mad Science Lab.


Mad Science of Central Virginia is a local small business that is woman, minority & veteran owned.

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Mad Science Presents the Elementary School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®
Mad Science Group Inc., in collaboration with Rube Goldberg Inc., has launched the Elementary School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®. A Rube Goldberg Machine™ is a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple task. This year the task is “open an umbrella”.

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