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


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! Dino Encounters is FREE with your Science Center Membership or General Admission.


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

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Selected dates in November and December


Sensory Friendly Day

The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day! Families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities can enjoy a fun, safe, comfortable, judgment-free atmosphere. We’ll also provide fun hands-on activities and an understanding staff.

Purchase tickets online in advance for the special rate of $12 per ticket. Tickets will be available at the door for $14.95. For more information, contact Brit Montmeat, Group Sales Account Manager, at or (860) 520-2112.

Event Date:

Sunday, January 25, 10AM–12PM


**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 see the gross and COOL inner workings of the human body, create a stop-motion video, discover the best way to fling a marshmallow, 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.

January 10, 2015,11AM–2PM: Architect Beccah Eldridge, AIA, LEED AP of MBH Architecture, LLC with Women Architects: Design and plan buildings for healthcare institutions, where patients can visit when they get sick, don’t feel well, or just need a regular check-up.

February 14, 2015, 11AM–2PM: Staff Scientist Lyn Wojick with Magical Minerals: Adventures in Geology: Discover unique minerals and rocks through hands-on investigations. Check out crystals in geodes and explore many more of Earth’s treasures. Find fossils and bring in your own rock or mineral sample to look at with scientific tools!

March 14, 2015, 11AM–2PM: Staff Scientist Michelle Slater with Design Your Own Reef Fish: Learn how different fish body types & shapes affect the way fish species live their lives by creating your own new species.

May 9, 2015, 11AM–2PM: Staff Scientist Elizabeth Timpe with Springtime Salamanders: See some of Connecticut’s secretive salamanders up close and learn about these unique animals.

June 13, 2015, 11AM–2PM: Carolyn Begnoche, Professional Section Outreach Chair for Society of Women Engineers, Hartford, with Hovercrafts: Create your own hovercraft using everyday household materials!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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