Exploration Camps


Thank you for your interest in the Connecticut Science Center’s Exploration Vacation Camp. Please scroll down for the logistical details of our camp program as well as descriptions of our daily and weekly camp programs.When: Monday through Friday

Drop off: 8:00AM-8:30AM

Pick up: 3:30 to 4PM

Extended Care: 4PM to 5PM ($15/$10 for non-members/members)

Students can be registered for one of the following 3 groups (groups may change in order to accommodate grade distributions): Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6


Please park in the Science Center/Riverfront Garage. Parking is free for the first 20 minutes ONLY for Exploration Camp drop off’s and pickups. Please inform parking attendant when leaving.


Please download, complete, and return all of the following forms:

Week Programs (Summer Vacation)

Connecticut Science Center’s Vacation Exploration Camps provide your children with hands-on science enrichment through fun and engaging activities.  Each weekly theme is used as an experiential platform to develop science concepts, which guides your child to a greater understanding of the material and application to the real world.  Your child can explore a different science theme each week!  Weeks are designed to include structured activities with STEM Educators and Counselors, as well as supervised free time to explore the Science Center’s galleries and exhibits.Cost (Registration Fees Apply)

  • $285 per week for Members and Corporate Members ($310 on or after June 21)
  • $300 per week Employees of Businesses in Downtown Hartford ($325 on or after June 21)
  • $315 per week for Non-members ($340 on or after June 21)

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

July 21 – July 25: Amusement Park Engineering

Welcome to a world of roller coasters and Ferris Wheels, of arcade games and fantastic water fun! Help us transform the Science Center’s labs into thrilling amusement parks. Design and build rides during an action-packed week and take home your own K’NEX roller coaster kit.

($20 materials fee for K’NEX roller coaster)

July 28 – August 1: It’s A Robot World SOLD OUT!

Robots are everywhere; people use them to help clean the house, assist in medical procedures, and even to aid army pack dogs. Keep up with the times and learn all about robot mechanics. Program real microprocessor robots to do various tasks and build your own robot to take home! Experienced campers can program their robots to complete extreme challenges.

($25 materials fee for the robot)

August 4 – 8: Building From the Ground Up

Get dirty as you design your own landscape. Will it survive nature’s forces of destruction? Work with—not against—nature as raging rivers try to sweep away houses, and earthquakes or hurricanes threaten buildings and bridges. The world is in your hands!

August 11 – 15: The Speed of Science

Science has many speeds! Experience the blazing speed of your own custom-built CO2 car and design a course to see just how slowly you can make a ball roll. Work in teams to create your own Rube Goldberg-style machine—at what speed will yours move? The possibilities are endless!

($15 materials fee for the CO2 car)

August 18 – 22: iSpy SOLD OUT!

Come to camp in your best disguise! Learn the science behind a secret agent’s gadgets and tricks of the trade. Build time-activated decoys, use your knowledge of chemistry to write secret messages, and set alarms and traps. Discover the latest spy technology, including a remote-controlled flying drone that takes aerial video footage, and build a remote-controlled metal detector to help you find buried secrets!

($20 materials fee for the spy robot)

Contact Us:

To learn more or to make a reservation, phone our Youth Programs Hotline

at (860) 520-2177 or email us at

Our fax is (860) 727-9821