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


Back 2 School Bash

Join us for the 4th annual Back 2 School Bash on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. Meet and greet Mr. Potato Head each day and join the fun with Radio Disney for Pirate and Princess: The Power of Doing Good. Celebrate the power of doing good things for our families, our community, for animals and the environment with Jake the Pirate and Sofia the Princess themed music, activities and prizes. There will be arts & crafts, face painting, LIVE Science and tons of kids’ entertainment.

Don’t miss the exciting Back 2 School stage show in the theater: Wild About Balloons Magic Show with a special appearance by Dora the Explorer! There is an extra ticket required for the theater show. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. All other activities are Included FREE with the purchase of General Admission or with a Connecticut Science Center Membership.
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Event Date:

Saturday & Sunday, August 23 & 24, 11AM–3PM


Family Harvest Weekend 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. You can also participate in hands-on GREEN activities! Family Harvest Weekend is FREE with the purchase of General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership. Children’s Garden sponsored by Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

Event Date:

Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 11AM–2PM


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 $10 per ticket. Tickets will be available at the door for $14.  For more information, contact Brit Montmeat, Group Sales Account Manager, at or (860) 520-2112.

Event Date:

Sunday, September 21, 2014


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


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 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


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:

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:

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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


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