Science Straight Up

The Connecticut Science Center’s new happy-hour events are for curious adults who want to have fun and expand their knowledge. At Science Straight Up, ages 21+ will explore socially relevant topics with hands-on activities, science experts, entertainment, and cocktails. Welcome to Hartford’s smartest happy hour.

Date & Time

Friday, October 18



HOT TOPIC! Join us for Hartford’s Smartest Happy Hour as we explore Climate Change. Whether you are a climate change expert, curious, or somewhere in between, you will love the fun entertainment, refreshing cocktails, and peer-networking with an environmental twist.

See how local organizations are making a difference on a global level and explore our NEW permanent exhibition “Our Changing Earth” after-hours in a kid-free environment.


  • NEW Permanent Exhibition – Our Changing Earth
  • Conservationist Derek Small of Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center brings Animal Ambassadors from their wildlife rescue center
  • Butterfly Encounter and Rooftop Garden OPEN
  • Q & A Style Panel Discussion with Climate Change Experts
  • Hocus Pocus! Seasonal Fun with the comedy and music of the Sanderson Sisters
  • Food & Drinks
  • LIVE Music with Local Band – Among the Acres
  • Join the #21 Day Earth Challenge
  • Alternative Energy Solutions with Aoife Ryle
  • Burns and McDonnell present “Gas and Burn” game in Mazes and Braingames
  • The Oceans Are Changing LIVE Science
  • Beyond Beauty- Rooftop Garden - Explore the features and benefits of a green rooftop with Master Gardner, Kim Kelly
  • Composting Gurus "Spill the Tea" about Composting
  • KISS 95.7 with games and prizes


Purchase Tickets
  • $5 Teachers, Members & College Students
    $8 Corporate Employees
    $10 General Admission Online
    $12 General Admission at the Door

This event is 21+, photo ID is REQUIRED.


Vendors & Presenters

  • Among the Acres
  • Flora Restaurant of West Hartford
  • Derek Small of Wildlife Encounters
  • Dr. Robert Prezant
  • Riverhouse Catering


  • Moderator Robert S. Prezant is Marine Biologist, Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs, Southern CT State University
  • Anji Seth, Professor. UCONN Department of Geography, leader of UConn’s Atmospheric Sciences Group
  • Keri Enright-Kato, Director of the Office of Climate Change, Technology and Research at the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
  • Rev. Thomas Carr, co-Founder and co-Chair of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network

Band: Among The Acres