Camps

Kids have FUN on school vacation at the Connecticut Science Center!

Campers in grades 1-6 will experience hands-on science enrichment through fun and engaging activities. Camps include structured activities with our STEM Educators, as well as supervised free time to explore the Science Center's galleries and exhibits.

We offer Day Camps during school vacation as well as week-long programs in the summer. Each camp's theme helps develop science concepts, guiding campers to greater understanding of science material and its application to the real world. Kids can explore a different science theme at each camp!


Questions? To learn more or make a reservation, contact us at (860) 520-2177 or email us at camps@CTScienceCenter.org. Our fax number is (860) 727-9821.


Summer Vacation Exploration Camps are presented by:

Spring Camps


April Camp

  • Monday, April 8: Lights, Camera, Coding!

    The lights dim, the soft melody begins to play, and the camera starts to roll. The LEDs start to blink in the rhythm with magical colors bringing your idea to life. Become the director of your own masterpiece by designing, planning, and coding your performance.
  • Tuesday, April 9: Brain Games

    Did you know that your brain weighs only three pounds yet it can control your whole body, sends signals at over 250 miles per hour, and can process images in as little as 12 milliseconds? Let's explore some of the connections between your mind, body, and brain. Together we will explore how your brain collects and stores information, discover how muscle memory plays a role in our everyday life, and use our imagination to create optical illusions that will baffle and bewilder!
  • Wednesday, April 10: Wild Amazon

    We’re going wild here at camp! Join us on an expedition to the Amazon rainforest filled with beautiful butterflies, unique plants and more. Discover the evolution of a tropical species and delve into the most biologically diverse place on Earth. Do you have what it takes to unveil the secrets of the Amazon?
  • Thursday, April 11: Survive on Mars

    Mission Control!? Mission Control, do you hear us!? Prepare yourself for a cosmic journey across the Red Planet. Marvel at real Martian vistas photographed by NASA rovers, hunt for samples from alien deserts, and discover what it takes to survive on this strange new world. Start suiting up, astronauts!
  • Friday, April 12: Science Center Speedway

    Do you have a need for speed? Get ready to burn some rubber at the Science Center Speedway. Explore the ways engineers design safer racetracks and create solutions to slow down runaway cars. Take the checkered flag as you speed to victory, uncover the science of speed and hone your reaction time. We will see you in the winner’s circle!
Registration Fees
  • $62/day for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $65/day for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $68/day for non-members
Online Registration

Summer Camps


Summer Camp

  • July 8–12 & July 22–26: Robot Restaurant

    Pull up a chair and sit right down at the Robot Restaurant! Build and program resident Connecticut Science Center robots to create an exciting and satisfying restaurant of the future. Preparing the ingredients, greeting the diners, serving the entrees -- robots do it all! What will be your programming recipe that gives your customers an experience they will never forget?
  • July 15–19: Pirates

    Ahoy, maties! Hop aboard a pirate ship for a swashbuckling adventure exploring Science Isle! Solve the riddles of an ancient map to recover the pirate treasure, harness powerful winds to carry your ship, and navigate through the treacherous waters of the high seas. Arrrr you ready to be part of the crew?
  • July 29–August 2: Animal Inspired Science

    There is a world of wonderful, crazy, and odd animal life that lives here on planet Earth. Join us as we explore the world of the living and investigate weird animal adaptations, how animals do what they do, and how that can teach us to solve human problems.
  • August 5–9: Episode IX: The Science Awakens

    Calling all Jedi, scoundrels, and ace pilots: the stars are calling! Do you have the skills to face the challenges and help defeat the evil Empire? Use your science knowledge to help free the galaxy and restore the Republic. May the F=ma be with you!
  • August 12–16: Agents of STEM

    Welcome to the Training Academy, rookie! In order to become an Agent of STEM you need to make it through a week of science and engineering challenges. Explore the puzzling mysteries scientists are trying to solve around the world and recreate the experiments of famous Agents of STEM who came before you using tools of the trade. Put your Academy knowledge to the test at the end of the week to separate the real science from the fakes.
Registration Fees
  • If registered before May 26:
  • $295/week for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $310/week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $325/week for non-members
  • If registered after May 26:
  • $320/week for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $335/week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $350/week for non-members
Online Registration

Trailblazer Camp

Note: Trailblazer Camp programs are for students who will be entering grades 7–9.


Trailblazer Camp

  • July 8–12: Science on Screen

    Do you like sharing science with others? Do you dream of being the next big YouTube star? Discover how to present science in a professional way for the web or TV. You'll not only perform in your own science video, you'll learn some tricks of the trade to make it look professional. Collaborate with others and begin your dream to create the next imaginative YouTube Science Channel on the net.
  • July 15–19 & July 29–August 2: Robot Restaurant

    Pull up a chair and sit right down at the Robot Restaurant! Build and program resident Connecticut Science Center robots to create an exciting and satisfying restaurant of the future. Preparing the ingredients, greeting the diners, serving the entrees -- robots do it all! What will be your programming recipe that gives your customers an experience they will never forget?
  • July 22–26: Shark Tank

    What makes a million dollar idea? What makes the difference between the iPhone and Cheetos Lip Balm? Come develop one of your great ideas into a working prototype and present it to the Connecticut Science Center Sharks.
  • August 5–9: Creation Nation

    Our Science Center civil engineers will collaborate, design, create, construct, and operate infrastructure projects within our Creation Nation. Use your imagination and the inspiration of real world engineered projects to develop safer roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and other infrastructure.
  • August 12–16: The Shape of Speed

    Did you know the fastest land vehicle reached a recorded land speed of 1227.985 km/hr? Humans have always had a need for speed, and no matter the vehicle, speed has a certain shape. Explore how to achieve great speeds with nose cones, fins, spoilers, and curves. Investigate how these shapes function in harmony to make the most advanced vehicles humans have ever built. Your task is to push the limits on land, under the sea, and in the air to create the fastest Connecticut Science Center vehicle!
Registration Fees
  • If registered before May 26:
  • $295/week for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $310/week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $325/week for non-members
  • If registered after May 26:
  • $320/week for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $335/week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $350/week for non-members
Online Registration

Camp Information

Thank you for your interest in our Vacation Exploration Camps!
Here’s some logistical information to make your Camp experience even more amazing.

  • When: We offer day camps during school vacations (December, February, April) and week-long camps during the summer. Check this web page often to see upcoming camp dates and themes as they are added throughout the year.
  • Drop-off: Campers should arrive between 8 and 8:45AM.
  • Pick-up: Please pick up your child between 3:30 and 4PM.
  • Extended Care: We offer affordable after care from 4 to 5PM. The cost for after care is $10 per child for Science Center members and $15 per child for non-members.

Drop-Off Parking

Required Forms

Please download, complete, and return all of the following forms. You must return the forms before your child can be registered for Camp.