Upcoming Events

Story Time

Daily at 11:30AM and 1PM

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.

Daily - 11:30AM & 1PM

Butterfly Encounter

Butterfly Encounter is an all-new, must-see destination within the Connecticut Science Center. Become immersed in a lush tropical habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies (at the most glorious stage of their fascinating life cycle) moving freely throughout the exhibit. Guests of all ages will be delighted as they experience 40-50 different species of butterflies through intimate interaction all set in a unique, custom-designed greenhouse. Separate ticket required.

Open Tuesday–Friday: 1–4PM
Weekends & Holidays: 11AM–4PM
Last entry at 3:30PM Daily
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Presented by:

Mark & Luanne Paley and Roger & Sondra Beit

Dream Big (3D)

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World reveals the hidden world behind some of the most exciting inventions and structures from across the globe. Dream Big uses human stories to show the heart and the drive engineers have to make the world a better place. With spectacular footage shot in IMAX 3D, Dream Big celebrates inspiring stories of human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows the heart that drives engineers to create a safer, more sustainable future for us all.

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Women in Science Saturday (DREAM BIG with the Society of Women Engineers)

DREAM BIG with the Society of Women Engineers

Get inspired and enjoy a brief Q&A with members of Society of Women Engineers following the 11AM screening of the popular 3D movie DREAM BIG, narrated by Jeff Bridges.

Continue the conversation and participate in an engineering activity with Society of Women Engineer volunteers on Level 4 until 2PM.

Saturday, January 27
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Bionic Me

Opening January 27, 2018
Control a computer using the power of your mind, race against a Paralympian, and see how a bionic eye works in our new Traveling Exhibit, Bionic Me. This exhibit explores the inventive and ingenious medical and industrial breakthroughs that have helped enhance the human experience, and contains both hands-on and full-body experiences. Visitors to Bionic Me will be encouraged to think about the potential of clever technology and how it can change people’s experiences and interactions with the world around them.

Saturday, January 27
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Sensory Friendly Day: Bionic Me

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All visitors will get the fun of the Connecticut Science Center plus tons of activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science Demonstrations without the usual loud sounds and bright lights. All are welcome!

Sensory Friendly Day is presented by the Miracle League of Connecticut.

Tickets are $14 online, in advance or $16.95 at the door (1:1 aides are always free).

For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or call (860) 520-2112.

Sunday, January 28
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Teen Night

Join us for a TEENS only event! The Connecticut Science Center invites teens to our first ever Teen Night, and you don’t want to miss it. This winter, make new friends while exploring all levels of the Science Center and our new exhibit Bionic Me. Interact with cool live science, snap a picture or two in our photo booth and so much more!

Event only open to teens 13 to 18 (must show valid school or state ID).

Advance registration ends at 12PM on Saturday. Doors will open at 6PM. No entry after 7:30PM.

Adults and children under 13 will not be allowed into the Center during the event. Connecticut Science Center staff and security will be on-site during the event.

Saturday, February 3
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Winter Exploration Camps

Now registering for Camp dates February 19 & February 20.

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.

Winter 2018 Exploration Camp dates:

  • Monday, February 19: Slow Mo
  • Tuesday, February 20: Blown Away

Monday, February 19 – Tuesday, February 20

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OPEN! For President’s Day and February School Vacation

Schools out! But, don’t panic. We have plenty of ways to keep your kids and you (yes, YOU) entertained this President’s Day and during winter break. With more than 165 hands-on exhibits, we guarantee there will be no shortage of fun. Warm up in Butterfly Encounter or chill out in a 3D movie, however you decide to spend the day, we guarantee your kids will love it.

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Women in Science Saturday (Crazy About Rockets with Meryl Mallery)

Join Meryl Mallery, VP of Engineering at Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense on Level 4 for interactive fun and learn about her exciting career in Aerospace.

Saturday, February 24
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Sensory Friendly Day

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All visitors will get the fun of the Connecticut Science Center plus tons of activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science Demonstrations without the usual loud sounds and bright lights. All are welcome!

Sensory Friendly Day is presented by the Miracle League of Connecticut.

Tickets are $14 online, in advance or $16.95 at the door (1:1 aides are always free).

For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or call (860) 520-2112.

Wednesday, February 28
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more.

Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. For more information and to register, visit CTScienceCenter.org/overnights, call (860) 520–2117, or email overnights@CTScienceCenter.org.

Upcoming Overnight Dates:

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Sold Out
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday, March 10
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Adult Coffee Club: Ancestry

Adult Coffee Club – Ancestry, March 15th from 1–3PM
$15 per person general public, $5 per person for members.
Adult Coffee Club admission includes coffee, tea, and admission to the Science Center.

Join Nora Galvin as we explore DNA and our own backgrounds. Discover the three types of DNA tested (mitochondrial, Y and autosomal), the three main companies that test this DNA, and some strategies on how to read your own results. Whether you are an experienced researcher, or you have just begun your study, this talk will help answer the questions you may have on the science behind testing your own DNA.

Nora Galvin was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a descendent of nine immigrants from eight counties in Ireland. Besides having a passion for genealogical research, Nora is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, a former secondary-school science teacher and a former research scientist at a major pharmaceutical company where she used DNA as a drug discovery tool.

Thursday, March 15
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sensory Friendly Day

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All visitors will get the fun of the Connecticut Science Center plus tons of activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science Demonstrations without the usual loud sounds and bright lights. All are welcome!

Sensory Friendly Day is presented by the Miracle League of Connecticut.

Tickets are $14 online, in advance or $16.95 at the door (1:1 aides are always free).

For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or call (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, March 27
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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NASA Space Day

Spend the day like an astronaut! Step into the great unknown with hands-on space-themed activities. Give astronaut ice cream a try or get up close and personal with a real NASA spacesuit. Our LIVE Science Showcase Presenters will be on hand for solar system themed activities. Sponsored by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium.

Saturday, April 7
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sponsored by:

Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

Scout Day: NASA Space Day

Scouts can dive even deeper into the intergalactic fun of NASA Space Day with a scouts-only scavenger hunt. Travel through the galaxy of galleries to complete the scavenger hunt and earn an exclusive all-new Science Center patch.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $16.95 at the door.

For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager, Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Saturday, April 7
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

Adult Coffee Club: How to Make a New York Times Crossword

Adult Coffee Club – How to Make a New York Times Crossword, April 17th from 1–3PM
$15 per person general public, $5 per person for members.
Adult Coffee Club admission includes coffee, tea, and admission to the Science Center.

Who makes the crosswords that appear in the New York Times? Hundreds of people around the country, all of whom share a love of wordplay and puzzles. Take a look behind the scenes with Eric Berlin, a professional puzzle constructor who has contributed dozens of crosswords to the New York Times. He’ll demonstrate what goes into the creation of a successful crossword puzzle — from coming up with a theme, to making the grid, to devising the clues.

Eric Berlin is the founder of Puzzle Your Kids, which provides free, top-quality pencil puzzles to thousands of children around the world… Eric has had dozens of crosswords in theNew York Times, as well as in outlets such as The Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles Times, Games Magazine, and many more. He has created live puzzle events for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the Connecticut Library Association, and the Milford Public Library, and has puzzled kids across the country with his school and library visits.

Tuesday, April 17
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM