Join us daily for fun, interactive live science demonstrations. Get up close and personal with a critter in our marine touch tank or learn about the properties of electricity with our hair-raising Van de Graaff generator. There are dozens of programs on a variety of science topics. Programs vary and change weekly. Live Gallery Science is FREE with General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership. Demonstration times and locations are posted throughout the building, just look for the LIVE! Gallery Science signs.
Daily at 11:30AM and 1PM
Join Connecticut Science Center staff as they read fun, science-themed stories to your little ones. It is the perfect break for children 6 and under.
FREE with the purchase of General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership.
Butterfly Encounter is an all-new, must-see destination within the Connecticut Science Center. Become immersed in a lush tropical habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies (at the most glorious stage of their fascinating life cycle) moving freely throughout the exhibit. Guests of all ages will be delighted as they experience 40-50 different species of butterflies through intimate interaction all set in a unique, custom-designed greenhouse. Separate ticket required.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World reveals the hidden world behind some of the most exciting inventions and structures from across the globe. Dream Big uses human stories to show the heart and the drive engineers have to make the world a better place. With spectacular footage shot in IMAX 3D, Dream Big celebrates inspiring stories of human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows the heart that drives engineers to create a safer, more sustainable future for us all.
Control a computer using the power of your mind, race against a Paralympian, and see how a bionic eye works in our new Traveling Exhibit, Bionic Me. This exhibit explores the inventive and ingenious medical and industrial breakthroughs that have helped enhance the human experience, and contains both hands-on and full-body experiences. Visitors to Bionic Me will be encouraged to think about the potential of clever technology and how it can change people’s experiences and interactions with the world around them.
Feel the warm breeze of the Miami Beach and breathe in the tropical scents of Mai Tai’s and Pina Coladas at Liquid Lounge: Miami Nights. With four floors of DJs, LIVE music, and LIVE science shows, you’ll feel as though you are on a tropical getaway. Plus, enjoy the entire Science Center, kid-free, with bars on every floor featuring creative Miami inspired liquid delights.
Liquid Lounge: Miami Nights is presented by the Hartford Yardgoats. Liquid Lounge is a 21+ event. ID will be required. NO EXCEPTIONS. Normal parking rates apply. The garage is open until midnight.
Calling all Reef Rangers! Get your feet wet with the PBS Kids’ adventurous duo, Splash and Bubbles! See your favorite characters brought to life. There will be tons of smiles and activities including a Bubble Dance Party, photo booth, bounce house, and arts and crafts. Activities are included with General Admission or Science Center Membership. Kids 2 and under are free.
Women in Science Saturday with Allison Ray, Environmental Specialist, Burns & McDonnell
Time & Location:Saturday, March 24, 11:00AM-2:00PM – Level 4 Bridge
Tracking Mammals in CT
Learn the basic ways to identify common species in CT based on the footprints they leave behind. From opossum to bear, fox to bobcat, we’ll look at animal tracks in “snow” and “mud”, and use a dichotomous key and a ruler to identify the animal.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All visitors will get the fun of the Connecticut Science Center plus tons of activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science Demonstrations without the usual loud sounds and bright lights. All are welcome!
Sensory Friendly Day is presented by the Miracle League of Connecticut.
Tickets are $14 online, in advance or $16.95 at the door (1:1 aides are always free).
For school group rates and information, please click here.
For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager Brit Montmeat at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 520-2112.
Spend the day like an astronaut! Step into the great unknown with hands-on space-themed activities. Give astronaut ice cream a try or get up close and personal with a real NASA spacesuit. Our LIVE Science Showcase Presenters will be on hand for solar system themed activities. Sponsored by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium.
Scouts can dive even deeper into the intergalactic fun of NASA Space Day with a scouts-only scavenger hunt. Travel through the galaxy of galleries to complete the scavenger hunt and earn an exclusive all-new Science Center patch.
Tickets are $14 in advance and $16.95 at the door.
For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager, Brit Montmeat at email@example.com or (860) 520-2112.
3Now registering for camp dates April 9-13.
Kids have FUN on school vacation at the Connecticut Science Center! Campers in grades 1-6 will experience hands-on science enrichment through fun and engaging activities.
April Vacation Camp Dates:
- Monday, April 9: Trick Your Senses
- Tuesday, April 10: Riddle Me This
- Wednesday, April 11: Bionic Animals
- Thursday, April 12: Science of Art
- Friday, April 13: Rescue Mission
Adult Coffee Club – How to Make a New York Times Crossword, April 17th from 1–3PM
$15 per person general public, $5 per person for members.
Adult Coffee Club admission includes coffee, tea, and admission to the Science Center.
Who makes the crosswords that appear in the New York Times? Hundreds of people around the country, all of whom share a love of wordplay and puzzles. Take a look behind the scenes with Eric Berlin, a professional puzzle constructor who has contributed dozens of crosswords to the New York Times. He’ll demonstrate what goes into the creation of a successful crossword puzzle — from coming up with a theme, to making the grid, to devising the clues.
Eric Berlin is the founder of Puzzle Your Kids, which provides free, top-quality pencil puzzles to thousands of children around the world… Eric has had dozens of crosswords in theNew York Times, as well as in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Games Magazine, and many more. He has created live puzzle events for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the Connecticut Library Association, and the Milford Public Library, and has puzzled kids across the country with his school and library visits.
The sun is shining, our flowers are getting ready to bloom, and do you know what time it is? That’s right, it’s time to open the Rooftop Garden. Earth Day is here and we are celebrating with the official season opening of our beautiful Rooftop Garden. Along with our beautiful Rooftop Garden, we will have plenty of hands-on Earth Day inspired activities! All activities will be included in the cost of General Admission or Connecticut Science Center Membership.
Celebrate the honorees, and all of the finalists of our STEM Achievement Awards and Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award at the STEM Achievement Awards Breakfast at the Connecticut Science Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. Bring your students to celebrate the historic milestone at the Connecticut Science Center April 25-27. Join us on a journey to learn about genomics and how it influences the world around us. Enjoy hands-on programming that explores the basics of genetics and inheritance.
You’ll love our drop-in programs for Grades K-8. Students will be able to extract DNA, discover our unique combination of inherited traits, or build their own butterflies and monsters. All DNA Days activities are included with your Science Center Field Trip Admission, General Admission or Membership. Activities will be appropriate for multiple grade levels. Groups, book now to secure your preferred date.
Kids have FUN on school vacation at the Connecticut Science Center! Your child will love these hands-on day camps filled with fun and engaging science.
Summer Vacation Exploration Camp Dates:
- July 9–13: Robot Carnival (Session A) *
- July 23–27: Robot Carnival (Session B) *
- July 16-20: Jurassic Hartford
- July 30-August 3: Tour of the Planets
- August 6-10: Muggle Magic
- August 13-17: Lost Civilizations
This summer our Trailblazers Camp program returns with different camp sessions from July 23 – August 17. This camp program is for kids who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the fall and would like to be involved with Summer Vacation Exploration Camps at a more advanced level. Trailblazers will also get the opportunity to participate in team building challenges, visit the galleries, and explore other science topics of interest. Registration is now open and space is extremely limited for this program.
Trailblazers Camp Dates:
- July 23–27: CT Sci-Borg Solutions
- July 30–August 3: Art-Sci
- August 6-10: Robots Inc.
- August 13-17: The Game Forge
Boogie over to the Connecticut Convention Center in support of the Connecticut Science Center’s mission. Enjoy a groovy night including dinner, cocktails, discotastic music and dancing, live and silent auctions, science demonstrations, and more in support of cutting-edge programs that inspire the next generation and future workforce of scientists, engineers, healers, educators, and innovators.