Events Calendar


NEW Traveling Exhibits: Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD®

Enter a fantastically puzzling world of clues, challenges, interactive brain teasers and games that will delight puzzlers of all ages. Then, embark on a spud-tacular adventure around the globe on a jungle safari, an archaeological dig, under the sea, and in outer space with MR. POTATO HEAD®! Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® are included with a Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission.

Event Date:

On view through August 31


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


Teachers visit FREE this Summer!

Plan ahead for next year! Now through August 31, teachers, education administrators, and Board of Education members serving students in Kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to visit us free of charge. Please present a valid educator ID at the ticket counter for free General Admission.

Event Date:

Now through August 31


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 Daily


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:

1:15PM and 3:30PM, Daily



Come meet MR. POTATO HEAD® at the Connecticut Science Center on Sundays in July! He’ll be here and ready to greet you. You can even take your picture with him! Tag your photos #summerofspud to be featured in our online photo gallery. FREE with a Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission.

Event Date:

Sundays in July, 11AM–1PM


Hartford HealthCare Health Lab: What’s in Your Water: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Hartford HealthCare Health Lab, 5th Floor

Every summer, ponds, lakes and rivers close due to infestations of harmful organisms. Join Clinical Laboratory Partners for an interactive event that will teach you which organisms are harmful, which are helpful, and why these microscopic organisms live in our water. You will even create your own slides and view these tiny creatures through a microscope to see just who is lurking in local ponds, lakes and rivers. Clinical Laboratory Partners will describe symptoms caused by harmful organisms so you and your family can stay safe and healthy this summer.

Event Date:

Saturday, July 26, 11AM–2PM


Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic Powered by Radio Disney

Get your body moving with the Radio Disney Road Crew! It’s a Doc McStuffins-approved day of family fun, including crafts, music, dancing, games and prizes. Plus, bring your favorite toy or stuffed animal for a check-up in the Doc McStuffins clinic! This event is FREE with your General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership.

Please note: Doc McStuffins will not appear at this event, but kids will love special giveaways, PLUS Doc McStuffins activities and photo ops.

Event Date:

Sunday, July 27, 11AM–3PM


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:

August 9: Keshia Ashe of Many Mentors with Regenerative Engineering: Bone and Beyond!
October 12: Archaeologist Cece Saunders of Historical Perspectives with Archaeology is a puzzle: It’s just outside the box and a bit dirty.
November 8: Physiologist Beth Taylor with Get Moving! How exercise impacts the heart, lungs, muscles and brain.
Weekends – Complete a Women in Science scavenger hunt on your next visit to the Science Center and enter to win a subscription to National Geographic magazine.

Event Date:

See program dates.


Summer Vacation Exploration Camps

Weeks of July 21 – August 18, 2014; Register for 1 week or all 5!

Connecticut Science Center’s Vacation Exploration Camps provide your children with hands-on science enrichment through fun and engaging activities. Your child can explore a different science activity each week or come just for one week! A fun-filled week includes structured activities with staff scientists and counselors plus, supervised free time to explore the Science Center’s galleries and exhibits. During the week each activity builds on the previous that leads to a final culminating activity at the end of the week.

Event Date:

Weeks of July 21 – August 18, 2014


Connecticut Sun Day at the Connecticut Science Center

Learn some new moves from professional WNBA players! It’s a rare chance to interact with our awesome Connecticut Sun players in the Connecticut Science Center’s galleries. Activities are included with General Admission or membership.

Group Tickets are available and include a Connecticut Sun Voucher to redeem for a 2014 home game! Group tickets may be purchased via email at or by calling (877) SUN-TIXX.

Event Date:

Tuesday, August 12, 11AM–2PM


Family Harvest Day on the Rooftop Garden

Celebrate summer on the Connecticut Science Center’s Rooftop Garden! Help us harvest seeds from Michaela’s Garden, see your favorite plants and enjoy the beautiful views. FREE with the purchase of General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership.

Event Date:

Saturday, August 16, 11AM–2PM


The Green Gala at the Connecticut Science Center

Celebrate 5 Sense-ational years of innovation and inspiration at the Connecticut Science Center. The Green Gala is Connecticut’s marquee “green” fundraiser for science education, attended by 700 of the state’s premier education and business leaders. Use all of your senses as you enjoy three floors of tapas dining, amazing cocktails, a wireless silent auction, dancing and more! Early bird tickets are on sale now through July 31 at the reduced rate of $150 per person. After July 31, tickets are $175 per person. Benefactor Tickets are $275 per person and include the President’s Champagne Reception. Purchase tickets online or over the phone by calling Maureen Lord at (860) 520-2154. For sponsorship information, please call (860) 520-2124 or email

Event Date:

Saturday, September 27, 7:30–11:30PM