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Holiday Gift-Giving Down to a Science

Still looking for the perfect gift to wow your child? From a 158-piece build and play STEM set to a glowing putty gel and slime kit, the Connecticut Science Center Love Science Gift Shop has gift-giving down to a science. Whether shopping for your budding scientist, tech guru, or dinosaur-loving kid, you’ll definitely find something fun and educational to wrap up here.

Limited Edition STEM In a Box

STEM in a Box is a popular, do-it-yourself at-home program with all the materials provided. The Limited Edition features a Food Science theme with everything you will need in the box for your child to transform into a food chemist. With the activity, Cabbage Chemistry, your child can learn how some foods have pigments that can change color depending on the acidity of their surroundings. Also explore the chemical differences between foods and cleaning products you can find around the house with the activity, pH Power.


Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

For your dinosaur-loving kid, there’s plenty of gift ideas. How about dinosaur figurines or a puzzle? Or, how about a plush Tyrannosaurus rex stuffed animal? And here’s a gift sure to be a home-run: a Jumbo Dino Egg. While pretending to be an archaeologist, your child will have fun chipping away at the egg with the included chisel and mallet to unearth 12 unique toy dinosaurs buried inside. After digging up a dino, match it up to one of the 12 full-colored cards that come with the toy to learn more about each its history.



Science Kits

Whether creating a tornado in a bottle with a chemistry and physics kit or making up a batch of slime, the shop has the very best science kits. There’s something for every age and price. Find excellent, hands-on kits for elementary, junior high, and high school students. And don’t forget stocking stuffers. Slime that’s already made comes in lots of varieties, from glittery to neon, and there’s even a tin filled with magnetic putty.




Wear Your Love of Connecticut Science Center

Wishing you bought something to remember the fun time that you all had together when you last visited the Science Center? It’s not too late. Pick up a sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirt, or t-shirt. Apparel comes in so many different styles, whether emblemed with a heart, representing the love of science; a planet; or a mummy from the Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. And if your child loved the Butterfly Encounter experience, a shirt with a colorful butterfly on the front is perfect.




Connecticut Science Center Ticket Pack

Gift an experience. Here’s a great idea for grandparents, aunts, and uncles who don’t know what to buy the kids this year — a Connecticut Science Center Ticket Pack. The Ticket Pack is available in convenient 2, or 4 ticket options that can be used anytime in 2022. Tickets included with a Ticket Pack are valid for one-time use for any combination of Adult, Youth, or Senior General Admission during any of the Connecticut Science Center’s regularly scheduled operating days in 2022. Oh, and take note that you should let your recipient know that the Ticket Pack tickets will expire on December 31, 2022, and must be redeemed before that date.


Give the Gift of Membership

How about a gift that will truly keep on giving? A Connecticut Science Center Membership is perfect for everyone and allows you to visit as much as you want for an entire year. Science Center Members also enjoy exclusive benefits like reciprocals with local area museums and attractions, special Member events, discounts on programs and services, $5 on-site parking, new exhibit previews, and so much more!

Buy online and print your Membership card right from the comfort of your own home. Then, start using it immediately!

Starting on Black Friday, while supplies last, purchase your membership onsite at the Connecticut Science Center Love Science Gift Shop and receive the limited edition novelty lunchbox. This makes such a unique way to give the gift of membership.


Full details on gift-giving can be found by visiting CTScienceCenter.org.


Jennifer Carmichael is a Contributing Writer at the Connecticut Science Center with a degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island. She’s written on lifestyle topics for magazines and newspapers throughout the state.  A mom of two teenagers, she can’t promise that parenting is a breeze, but she can offer easy tips, tricks, and advice on all things about the Science Center.