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!



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Camp Dates:

  • Monday, April 10
  • Tuesday, April 11
  • Wednesday, April 12
  • Thursday, April 13
  • Friday, April 14

Registration Fees:

  • $62 per day for Science Center members and Corporate members
  • $65 per day for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford
  • $68 per day for non-members
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Camp Descriptions

Monday, April 10: See the Unseen

In science, there is always more than meets the eye! Discover what lies beneath the surface of some intriguing everyday items. Dare to see the unknown during real or simulated dissections.

Tuesday, April 11: Game On!

Have you ever wondered about the science behind your favorite tabletop games? Come explore how probability affects the outcome of card and board games. Become a board game designer and create an experience where the balance between chance and skill determines the winner.

Wednesday, April 12: The MESStival Festival

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to make a mess! Mix your own paint using unusual ingredients and create art that’s sure to be a BLAST. Investigate different scientific explosions and figure out how forces and motion affect an egg. Dress for all things gooey, sticky, and FUN!

Thursday, April 13: Science ROCKS!

Does science rock your world? Come explore two fields of science that really rock: music and geology! Use shapes, patterns, and computer code to write your own song. Discover the different ways rocks can be formed as you roll around the rock cycle.

Friday, April 14: Connecticut Sleuth Center

Calling all sleuths! We have received a case file that you need to crack! Join us as you use forensic technology and collect trace evidence to help piece together the case and identify the suspects. Do you have what it takes?


Camp Dates:

  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21
  • July 24-28
  • July 31-August 4
  • August 7-11
  • August 14-18

Registration Fees:

  • $295 per week for Science Center members and Corporate members ($320 after May 28)
  • $310 per week for employees of businesses in downtown Hartford ($335 after May 28)
  • $325 per week for non-members ($350 after May 28)
Register Online

Camp Descriptions

July 10-14: Droid Design Session A

Ever wonder how robots work? Explore robots from the inside out through coding and building, and then set them on a course to victory in exciting challenges! Beginner and advanced engineers will all have time to enjoy robots like EV3, Ozobots, and more!
Note: Robot engineers may only attend one week of robot camp to allow the maximum number of campers to participate.

July 17-21: Seven Wonders

Travel through time to explore the ancient and natural wonders of the world. Decipher an ancient code using the Rosetta Stone, then make paper like ancient Egyptians to write notes in code! Jump to modern times to investigate the newest wonders of the world, and work together to design the 8th world wonder!

July 24-28: Droid Design Session B

Ever wonder how robots work? Explore robots from the inside out through coding and building, and then set them on a course to victory in exciting challenges! Beginner and advanced engineers will all have time to enjoy robots like EV3, Ozobots, and more!
Note: Robot engineers may only attend one week of robot camp to allow the maximum number of campers to participate.

July 31-August 4: Enchanted Engineering

Who needs to be saved by a fairy godmother when you can engineer your solution? Design a sturdier beanstalk for Jack, protect Rapunzel’s hair by developing a pulley, and shield the Three Little Pigs from the Big, Bad Wolf. Create a happily ever after for these characters and more!

August 7-11: Earth Unlocked

Buckle up for the journey of a lifetime beginning at the center of the Earth and spanning all the way into space! Discover the secrets lying beneath the crust, become one with some of the creatures that walk the surface, and engineer your way into space. This camp will be out of this world!

August 14-18: Best of Science

You know who loves science just as much as the campers? The counselors! Join us for a week packed full of all our favorite experiments. New and returning campers will delight in coding robots, concocting potions, blowing bubbles, and building with LEGOS.


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

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