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.

Event Date:

Opens October 4 in our Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery


Liquid Lounge: Trick or Treat

Liquid Lounge: Trick or Treat
Hartford’s hottest night out is going SPOOKY this Halloween! Join 1000 of your closest friends for creepy decor, live music, DJs and dancing, Halloween crafts, liquid delights and more. See our newest traveling exhibit, Grossology, while you’re here. Show us your eeriest costume for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Creepy entertainment includes:
– DJ Jon Rzasa and Powerstation DJ
– Live Music with Jimmy and the Hat Tricks
– Illusionist Bryon Lizotte
– Black Light Room with Glow-in-the-Dark Live Science demonstrations
– Zombie face art
…and much more!

Liquid Lounge is a 21+ event. ID will be required. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Event Date:

Friday, October 24, 6–10PM


4th Annual Spooktacular Science Weekend

Celebrate Halloween at our  4th annual Spooktacular Science Weekend!  Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family. All activities are included FREE with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids’ costumes are encouraged!

Eerie entertainment includes:
·         Trick-or-treating
·         Frozen sing-along with Elsa and Anna!
·         Face painting
·         Pumpkin decorating
·         Halloween crafts
·         Live Science: Make your own slime!
·         Kids’ “Scary”-oke

PLUS, see a special sneak preview of our Dino Encounter show! Journey back in time to meet a walking, roaring Tyrannosaurus rex. Don’t worry—he’s friendly! You can even “feed” him to see what he likes!

Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets and Clear Channel Hartford. Adult masks are not permitted. Activities are tentative and are subject to change.

Event Date:

Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26 (11AM–3PM)


Open Election Day

The votes are in…the Connecticut Science Center is the perfect place to have a great time when school is out. We’ll be open 10AM–5PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Come explore new exhibits and take in a jaw-dropping 3D movie. Kids under 3 are FREE!

Event Date:

Tuesday, November 4


Open Veterans Day

The Connecticut Science Center will be open 10AM–5PM on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. We will honor our veterans with FREE General Admission for retired and active duty military personnel all day. Kids under 3 are FREE!

Event Date:

Tuesday, November 11


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.

Science Center Members: $15 Adults /$10 Youth
Non-Members: $19 Adults/$14 Youth

Event Date:

Sunday, December 7, 11AM–6PM


**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 week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford ($65 on or after December 1)
$63 per week 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:

November 8, 11AM–2PM: Physiologist Beth Taylor with Get Moving! How exercise impacts the heart, lungs, muscles and brain.
December 13, 11AM–2PM: Dr. Kristen Martin, Assistant Professor of Biology at the School of Health and Natural Sciences with The Life that Lies Below: exploring the hidden world of dragonfly nymphs and other macroinvertebrates.

Event Date:

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


NEW Activities for our Youngest Visitors–three new exhibits now open!

Our new interactive exhibits are just the right size for visitors under 7 years old. Our youngest visitors can build their own Tiny Town with soft, super-sized blocks in our KidSpace gallery; touch down in a lunar lander and explore the surface of the moon at Moonwalk in our Exploring Space gallery; and crawl through the forest to see its creatures up close at Critter Corner in our River of Live gallery. These new hands-on experiences are FREE with a Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission.

Event Date:

Open during regular hours


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