Vacation Exploration 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:

Summer Camp (2018)

  • July 9–13 OR July 23–27: Robot Carnival

    Notice: You may only sign up for one of the Robot Carnival sessions.
    Step right up and try your hand at the games of the Robot Carnival! Build and program resident Connecticut Science Center robots to compete in events. Go behind the curtains to see what it takes to make an arcade contraption run. Complete obstacle courses and create games that will challenge new and experienced programmers alike.
  • July 16–20: Jurassic Hartford

    Calling all paleontologists and geneticists! The Connecticut Science Center has been working to create a Jurassic world for our dinosaurs to roam, but one has escaped! We need you to create a trap to capture her unharmed and extract her DNA to make sure we have the right species. Then help us engineer a new enclosure to keep both our dinosaurs and our visitors safe.
  • July 30–August 3: Tour of the Planets

    Space...The final frontier. Trek across our solar system to complete missions revealing the weird worlds that inhabit our corner of the universe. Investigate what conditions allow life to thrive and help scientists discover exoplanets!
  • August 6–August 10: Muggle Magic

    Get ready for an enchanted week of muggle magic! Dive into the world of the invisible, study herbology and plant diversity, learn about owls and mythical creatures and discover how to make your broom levitate. Earn points for your house by solving puzzles and passing your classes.
  • August 13–August 17: Lost Civilizations

    Attention, mavericks and adventurers! Employ your science skills to discover some of the amazing technologies, structures, and cultures of lost civilizations. Piece together how an ancient and mysterious people might have lived in order to find the hidden idol.
Registration Fees
  • If registered before May 27:
  • $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 27:
  • $320/week for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $335/week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $350/week for non-members
Online Camp Registration

Trailblazer Camp (2018)

Note: Trailblazer Camp programs are for students who will be entering grade 8 or 9 in the Fall.


Trailblazer Camp (2018)

  • July 23–27: CT Sci-Borg Solutions

    Cyborgs, bio-enhancements, smart-limbs, what is the world coming to? Investigate the interaction between technology and biology. Design a prosthetic prototype to help an elephant get back on her feet, and bio-engineer a new beak for a Bald Eagle. Learn how artificial limbs can help both people and animals and tour our new traveling exhibit Bionic Me!
  • July 30–Aug 3: Art-Sci

    Explore the link between art and science. See how artists use science to help them create masterpieces, and scientists use art to communicate the wonders of the universe!
  • Aug 6–Aug 10: Robots Inc.

    Innovate your way up the Robots Inc. ladder. Engineering and programming successes are rewarded with Science Center bucks. Each new rank earns you more money to buy what you need to accomplish your new challenges.
  • August 13–August 17: The Game Forge

    What makes a dynamite board game? Come explore how choice and probability affects fun. Become a board game designer and create an experience where the balance between chance and skill determines the winner.
Registration Fees
  • If registered before May 27:
  • $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 27:
  • $320/week for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $335/week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $350/week for non-members
Online Camp 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.