Events Calendar


New Exhibit Now Open: Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body

On view through March 8, 2015 in our Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery
Ew! Bodies can be pretty gross–they’re crusty, stinky, and slimy–but do you know why? Explore the good, the bad, and the downright ugly behind the ways your body keeps you healthy in Grossology. Slide through a huge intestine, climb an oozy skin wall, tour an enormous nose, smell icky bodily smells and more. Grossology is included with a Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission.

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On view through March 8, 2015 in our Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery


New Movie: Great White Shark 3D

Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the great white’s place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film looks to find the truth behind the mythic creature forever stigmatized by its portrayal in the world’s first blockbuster movie, JAWS. Great White Shark concludes the oceanic trilogy begun by Wild Ocean and The Last Reef, and brings nature’s greatest predator to Giant Screen 3D as never before.

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Opens November 28


Black Friday Weekend

We’re OPEN from 10AM to 5PM throughout Black Friday Weekend! Secure the lowest prices of the year on Membership as a gift for yourself or loved ones and receive a FREE limited-edition dino bobble head while supplies last. Meet a baby T. rex at our NEW Dino Encounters show. PLUS, the first 100 visitors each day will receive FREE passes to Lake Compounce Holiday Lights.

Event Date:

Friday, November 28, Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30, 10AM–5PM


Liquid Lounge: Naughty & Nice

‘Tis the season for Hartford’s hottest night out! Join 1000+ merry makers for three floors of awesome hands-on exhibits, liquid delights, fabulous seasonal treats, live music, dancing, and more. Meet 6 crazy Santas and take our Selfie Santa challenge for a chance to win great prizes! Holly jolly entertainment includes live music and dancing, holiday crafts, an “Elf Yourself” photo booth, caroling karaoke, an ugly sweater contest, and much more!

Event Date:

Friday, December 12, 6–10PM


Scout Day at the Connecticut Science Center

Join fellow scouts and their families from across the Connecticut Rivers Council for a day of fun, hands-on exploration. Scout Day includes all-day General Admission to the Science Center’s 165+ interactive exhibits in ten galleries. Experience the newest traveling exhibit, Grossology, and navigate a Scouts-only Scavenger Hunt to earn a super cool Science Center patch! You must preregister online to receive the special price. The deadline to register is December 11, 2014.

NOTE: Add-on guests at the counter will be charged $12 per person. Regular rates apply for parking and 3D experiences.

For more information, call Brit Montmeat, Group Sales Account Manager, at (860) 520-2112.

Event Date:

Saturday, December 13, 10AM–3PM


The Chocolate Expo

Get ready for Connecticut’s NEW holiday tradition: The Chocolate Expo at the Connecticut Science Center! You’ll enjoy a different chocolaty treat with every step. Taste confections by 40 vendors from the simple to the elaborate, including chocolates, baked goods, gelato and much more. You can even get a jump on holiday shopping–these delicious items make perfect gifts and will be available for purchase!

Please note that to attend The Chocolate Expo, you must buy a special Chocolate Expo ticket.

Learn more about The Chocolate Expo

Science Center Members: $15 Adults(18+) / $10 Youth(3-17)
Non-Members: $19 Adults(18+) / $14 Youth(3-17)

Special Group Pricing for 15 or more. Must purchase in advance, online only.
Your price will be adjusted in your basket when you purchase 15 or more tickets.
Adults(18+) $15 / Youth(3-17) $10. Purchase Tickets.

Event Date:

Sunday, December 7, 11AM–6PM


NEW: Dino Encounters Show

Travel back in time and meet a baby T. rex without ever leaving the Science Center! Don’t worry—he’s friendly. You can even feed him to see what he likes!


Thanksgiving weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11AM, 12:30PM and 1:30PM

Saturdays in December at 11AM, 12:30PM and 1:30PM

School Vacation: December 26, 27, and 28 at 11AM, 12:30PM and 1:30PM

New Year’s Day at 11AM, 12:30PM and 1:30PM

Event Date:

Selected dates in November and December


**NEW** Winter Vacation Exploration Camps

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. Kids can design a theme park, program a robot, create a Rube Goldberg-style machine, discover the latest in spy technology and more. Sign up for one day or all three!

Winter Vacation Exploration Camp dates:
December 29, 2014: Grossed Out
December 30, 2014: Animation Station
January 19, 2015 (MLK Jr. Day): Operation Launch

$57 per day for members and corporate members ($62 on or after December 1)
$60 per day for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford ($65 on or after December 1)
$63 per day for non-members ($68 on or after December 1)

Drop off occurs between 8AM and 8:45AM; pick up between 3:30PM and 4PM. Optional after care available between 4PM and 5PM for an additional fee of $15 per child / $10 per child for members. For more information and to register, visit or call (860) SCIENCE [724.3623].

Event Date:

December 2014 and January 2015


Celebrating Women in Science Events

Join us to meet real scientists, learn how they became interested in science as young women, and find out where science has taken them—and where it could take you! Programs will feature hands-on science activities.

Upcoming Programs:

December 13, 11AM–2PM: Dr. Kirsten Martin, Assistant Professor of Biology in the School of Health and Natural Sciences at the University of Saint Joseph with The Life that Lies Below: exploring the hidden world of dragonfly nymphs and other macroinvertebrates.

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See program dates.


Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D

Now Showing
Travel back in time to see dinosaurs come to life! Meet the plant-eating Argentinosaur, the largest animal to have ever walked the Earth, and its nemesis, the Giganotosaur, a carnivore who could easily challenge the famous T-rex. Travel into space to witness the movement of tectonic plates or the arrival of a comet that will seal the fate of the Dinosaurs. The action is intense and the landscape is out of this world!

Event Date:

Now Showing


Live Gallery Science Demonstrations

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 fascinating science topics. Programs vary and change weekly. Live Gallery Science is free with General Admission or Connecticut Science Center Membership.

Event Date:

11AM–1PM and 2–4PM, Weekends


Story Time

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.

Event Date:

11:30AM and 1:00PM, Weekends and Holidays