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The Challenger Learning Center is a unique and ideal place to hold many types of events. Our convenient downtown Tallahassee location and proximity to the Florida State Capitol make us a great alternative to the standard meeting space. Add to it our “larger than life” options for entertainment and the Challenger Learning Center becomes not only great meeting space, but a great atmosphere for social events as well.

Our facilities may be used for a myriad of different events. Some of these include:

  • Business presentations
  • Customer or staff appreciation events
  • Musical performances
  • Guest speakers
  • Meetings
  • Networking events
  • Receptions
  • Private screenings of IMAX® movies or Planetarium shows
  • And so much more…

The Challenger Learning Center may be rented out as a whole or in part as described below.  The prices listed are meant to be used as a guideline only.  They are based on an hourly rate, but may vary from event to event. Discounted rates are offered for university and non-profit organizations. For a more accurate quote for your upcoming event, please contact Samantha Reaves or Michelle Personette at 850.645.7827 or by email at sreaves@challengertlh.com or mpersonette@challengertlh.com.

For information on catering your event or contracting rental vendors at the Challenger Learning Center, click here.

For information regarding pricing, policies, and procedures, please view our Facility Rental Information Packet.

Classroom A
Classroom B
Multi-Use Room
Exhibit Hall
Conference Room
Planetarium Theater
IMAX Theatre


Classroom A

Classroom A is an 884-square-foot multi-use rental space located on the ground floor of the Challenger Learning Center. This room is ideal for many purposes and can host approximately 65 people with tables and chairs arranged in “rounds.” Amenities include tables, chairs, Monodopad touch tablet, roll-down projection screen, LCD projector, podium, wireless internet access, conference call speakerphone, as well as a back room that can be used for materials storage or as counter space to serve a buffet-style catered meal. A basic one hour rental of this space will cost $100 plus applicable sales tax.

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Classroom B

Classroom B is an 814-square-foot multi-use space located on the ground floor of the Challenger Learning Center. This room is ideal for smaller events and can hold approximately 35 people in a classroom style setup. Amenities include tables, chairs, roll-down projection screen, LCD projector, wireless internet access, TV with DVD/VCR player, and podium.  A basic one hour rental of this space will cost $75 plus applicable sales tax.

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Multi-Use Room

Multi-Purpose Room

Classrooms A and B can be combined into one larger 1700-square-foot space that can accommodate approximately 115 people with tables and chairs arranged in “rounds.” Ideal for larger gatherings, this event space includes all of the amenities listed above for Classrooms A and B. A basic one hour rental of this space will cost $175 plus applicable sales tax.

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Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall is a 1,730-square-foot multi-use space that boasts an open floor plan to accommodate your larger event needs. The largest space in our building, the Exhibit Hall can accommodate up to 275 guests. Due to the fact that the Exhibit Hall is in the heart of the building, you may add on other spaces, such as Classroom A, Classroom B, or the Multi-Purpose Room to accommodate additional guests. Amenities include tables, chairs, wireless internet access, and various lighting options. A basic one hour rental of this space will cost $300 plus applicable sales tax.

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Conference Room

Nowhere else in Tallahassee will you get a view like the one from our conference room located on the 2nd floor of the Challenger Learning Center in our administrative offices. Up to 18 meeting participants are seated in high back plush leather chairs surrounding a specially designed, oval shaped glossy wooden table. A handful of additional meeting observers may sit in additional seating along the interior wall of the conference room. The opposite wall is all glass with a spectacular view overlooking beautiful Kleman Plaza, City Hall, and the Capitol building in the heart of Downtown Tallahassee. Other amenities of this room include an LCD projector, roll-down projection screen, wireless internet access, conference call speakerphone, sink, microwave oven, and counter space large enough to handle a buffet-style catered lunch. A typical one hour rental of this space will cost $50 plus applicable sales tax.

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Downtown Digital Dome Theatre and Planetarium

Photo courtesy Mark Wallheiser, Tallahassee Democrat

Perhaps the most versatile and unique area of the Challenger Learning Center, our all-digital planetarium theatre provides a host of possibilities. With a maximum capacity of 128 persons, the impossible becomes reality when your images and logos are projected onto the 50-foot dome ceiling while presenters take advantage of the LCD projector and wireless microphone opportunities. Each seat in the planetarium theatre is equipped with a fold-out table top making it easy to take notes as the speaker provides key information. The stadium-style seating arrangement and acoustical properties of the planetarium theater also lend themselves well to town-hall type meetings, musical concerts, and other special presentations. Amenities include a podium, LCD projector, CD audio, DVD video, spotlight, corded and wireless microphones, a wide range of lighting schemes, and wireless internet access. We can even throw in a track or two from our popular rock music shows just to make sure that everyone is awake and listening! A typical one-hour rental of the planetarium theatre will cost $225 plus applicable sales tax.

Want to have the whole show to yourself or a group of friends/colleagues?  The planetarium theatre also is available for rent to host a private screening of one of our current shows.  If you have another title in mind and have a copy of it on DVD, why not check it out overhead on the planetarium dome? 

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IMAX® Theatre

Our IMAX® Theatre is the largest of our venues and is ideal for large presentations. In addition to seating for 287 people, imagine your business presentation on a screen 5 stories tall and 72 feet wide! The IMAX® Theatre also features an incredible surround sound system. Additional amenities include a podium, spotlight, LCD projector, corded microphone, wireless internet access, CD audio, and DVD video. A typical one hour rental of the IMAX® Theatre will cost $350 plus applicable sales tax.

Want to have the whole show to yourself or a group of friends/colleagues? The IMAX® Theatre is also available for rent to host a private screening of one of our current films. If you have another title in mind and have a copy of it on DVD, why not check it out on the big screen?

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Statement Regarding Facility Rentals at the Challenger Learning Center

All educational programs, activities, exhibits and presentations offered by the Challenger Learning Center are aligned to Sunshine State Standards. No departure from this policy is permitted. However, the Challenger Learning Center does allow outside organizations to rent the facility within certain guidelines. The rental guidelines prohibit activities, exhibits or presentations that may be pornographic, exceptionally violent or illegal.

The Challenger Learning Center cannot discriminate against any group that wishes to rent the center, as long they adhere to these guidelines. The Challenger Learning Center does not support, endorse, or sponsor such activities, exhibits or presentations by individuals or groups, or the individuals or groups themselves. These activities, exhibits or presentations are solely those of the individual or group and do not represent an offering, endorsement or other association of the Challenger Learning Center.