Upcoming Events

Story Time

11:30AM and 1:00PM, Weekends and Holidays

Join Connecticut Science Center staff as they read fun, science-themed stories to your little ones. It is the perfect break for children 6 and under.

FREE with the purchase of General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership.


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Engineering Earth

Looking for a perfect balance of science and art to excite the mind? Engineering Earth is the exhibit for you! In its North American debut, discover how the world’s oldest building material—plain old dirt—might be the future’s newest, greenest, coolest construction resource! Get your hands dirty as you explore new technologies that turn Earth’s most abundant natural resource into the fashionable building material of the future. Feel the composition of raw earth, study its behavior, and discover its use in historic and contemporary construction. Using ancient examples like China’s Great Wall and Iran’s Bam citadel, and progressive models from the world’s most cutting-edge architects, Engineering Earth offers a look into the past as well as a glimpse to the future.

Engineering Earth is included free with General Admission or Science Center Membership.

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<br/><strong>Supporting Sponsor:</strong><br/>Connecticut Business Systems<br/><strong>Media Sponsor:</strong> CPTV


Supporting Sponsor:
Connecticut Business Systems
Media Sponsor: CPTV

Science Alley

You won’t want to miss the all-new Science Alley. The impressive 10+ story experience incorporates art, history, and scientific discovery. The one-of-a-kind installation invites visitors to “See the Unseen” elements of scientific phenomena from Deep Sea to Outer Space. The unique experience showcases Connecticut connections and regional artifacts alongside show-stopping exhibit pieces including a life-size Mercury-Redstone Rocket, a T. rex, a Coast Guard helicopter and more.

Science Alley is free to view from our public space (Lobby Level), during regular operating hours.

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Connecticut Science Center’s Rooftop Garden Open for the Season

Weekends in spring and summer, weather permitting.

The Connecticut Science Center’s Rooftop Garden is open for the season starting on Earth Day, April 22, weather permitting. Come enjoy the sunshine while you stroll through our many species of plants. You may even meet a friendly creature or two! Visits to the Rooftop Garden are FREE with the purchase of General Admission or Science Center Membership.

Saturday, April 22

Cooking up Chemistry!

Molecular Gastronomy Lecture with Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut. His knack for explaining science clearly has made him a regular guest on National Public Radio’s “Academic Minute.” Join Dr. Leadbeater and learn about the different chemical properties that are central to food; its preparation and enjoyment. Discover on a molecular level why a soufllé won’t rise and why chocolate is so moreish, amongst other things. Also, learn how some unconventional techniques used by chemists are finding their way into the culinary world, such as spherication, which involves making liquid- filled beads that explode in the mouth with a pleasingly sensual pop!

Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students. There will be a cash bar. Admission includes the networking reception (6-6:30PM) and one drink ticket.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Thursday, May 4
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Moms Visit Free on Mother’s Day

Treat your mom to extra special fun on Mother’s Day with a trip to the Connecticut Science Center. All moms visit free for the day! Mom will love getting a chance to spend a day of interactive, fun with her children. Don’t forget Grandma!

Sunday, May 14
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Molecular Gastronomy Workshops: Chef Noel Jones

These hands-on workshops are $35 per person (per workshop).
Adult only (21+)

Join professional chefs as they demonstrate and share techniques behind innovative food preparation.

Chef Noel Jones, award-winning Executive Chef, Best Chefs America will make smoked bacon wrapped Colorado lamb loin cuit sous vide using Sous Vide cooking technique and transglutaminase.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Saturday, May 20
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Spring Fling: Belle’s Garden Party

Join Belle and her friends at the Connecticut Science Center for a garden party fit for royalty. Beauty and the Beast fans, both young and old, will enjoy the Disney classic on the giant screen in our theater. We’ll also have some “beasts” on hand with LIVE animals and themed science activities in our galleries.

Princesses and princes─ don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. The fun extends to the Rooftop Garden with fun, family gardening activities presented by the Petit Family Foundation. Plus, tons of other activities including a photo booth, bounce house, and arts and crafts. There is a separate ticket required for the theater and seating is limited. All other activities are included FREE with General Admission or Science Center Membership.

Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Family Gardening Weekend with the Petit Family Foundation

Our Rooftop Garden will be open on weekends starting on Earth Day, weather permitting. Join us there to plant seeds and participate in other GREEN hands-on activities the whole family will enjoy. Family Gardening Weekend is presented by the Petit Family Foundation and is FREE with the purchase of General Admission or with a Connecticut Science Center Membership.

Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sensory Friendly Day

The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day. Get ready for an exciting day of fantastic sensory-friendly fun courtesy of The Miracle League of Connecticut! Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities will enjoy tons of kids’ activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science demonstrations. As a special treat, patrol the Science Center with everyone’s favorite pup, Chase and his friend Ryder. For this special day, service members and first responders will receive free General Admission as we honor those who serve this Memorial Day weekend.

Tickets will be available online for $14 each OR at the door for $16.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free. For more information, contact Brit Montmeat, Group Sales Account Manager, at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Saturday, May 27
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Honoring Those Who Serve

Treat your favorite service member to FREE General Admission to the Connecticut Science Center! This offer applies to all active, reserve, and retired military, fire, police, state troopers, and EMS personnel. Accompanying family members are half price, too! As a special bonus, meet everyone’s favorite pup and patrol the Science Center with Chase and Ryder 11AM – 2PM daily. Please bring proof of service.

Note: The Connecticut Science Center will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Adult Coffee Club: Brain Fitness!

Dr. Sarah Raskin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College joins us at the Connecticut Science Center to discuss activities to help maintain cognitive functioning while enjoying coffee, puzzles, and games. From games to music to diet, learn how to maintain mental sharpness. Following the event, enjoy full access to our hands-on exhibits.


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, May 30
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

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Molecular Gastronomy Workshops: Chef Scottish Francis

These hands-on workshops are $35 per person (per workshop).
Adult only (21+)

Join professional chefs as they demonstrate and share techniques behind innovative food preparation.

Chef Scottish Francis of Masterchef Season 5 will make a giant crostini with mozzarella and mango spheres topped with a soy lecithin basil foam. He will also demonstrate how to create yolks using sodium and calcium chloride.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Saturday, June 3
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Molecular Gastronomy Workshops: Chef Scottish Francis

These hands-on workshops are $35 per person (per workshop).
Adult only (21+)

Join professional chefs as they demonstrate and share techniques behind innovative food preparation.

Chef Scottish Francis of Masterchef Season 5 will make his signature Crazy Caprese dish using the spheri cation technique and agar to create balsamic caviar and tomato spaghetti.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Saturday, June 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Science of Workforce Development

Will the students of today be prepared to fill the jobs of tomorrow? Join Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and industry leaders from across the state to discuss the critical importance of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in cultivating the STEM workforce of the future. Event includes a networking breakfast, presentation and panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration required.

Tuesday, June 13
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

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Summer Vacation Exploration Camps

Kids have FUN on school vacation at the Connecticut Science Center! Your child will love these hands-on day camps filled with fun and engaging science.

Summer Vacation Exploration Camp Dates:

  • July 10-14: Droid Design (Session A)
  • July 17-21: Seven Wonders
  • July 24-28: Droid Design (Session B)
  • July 31-August 4: Enchanted Engineering
  • August 7-11: Earth Unlocked
  • August 14-18: Best of Science

Monday, July 10 – Friday, August 18

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Martial Arts Day

Celebrate the physical skill, discipline and sport of martial arts at the Connecticut Science Center! Join kids and families from across the state and beyond for martial arts demonstrations and a full day of hands-on fun with the Science Center’s 165 interactive exhibits.

Discounted admission is available for martial arts students in uniform and their guests. Pricing is $14 per person for groups of 15 or more who purchase in advance and $16.95 at the ticketing counter on the day of the event. Students must wear their martial arts uniforms to receive discounted admission if purchasing on event day. Please note that visitors may not bring weapons or masks into the Science Center.

Saturday, August 19
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Adult Coffee Club: Science Showcase Theater

Join our science show presenters for a fun, exciting show full of science demonstrations. More information on the demonstrations coming soon. Includes admission to the galleries.


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, September 5
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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The Green Galaxy

Join us on an interGALActic, Star Wars-inspired adventure in support of the Connecticut Science Center’s mission. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, live music, aliens, live and silent auctions, dancing, and more in support of cutting-edge programs that will inspire the next generation and future workforce of STEM Jedi, scientists, engineers, healers, educators, and innovators.

Saturday, September 16
6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
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Sensory Friendly Day

The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day.

Get ready for an exciting day of fantastic sensory-friendly fun courtesy of The Miracle League of Connecticut!

Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities will enjoy tons of kids’ activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science demonstrations.

Tickets will be available online for $14 each OR at the door for $16.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free. For more information, contact Brit Montmeat, Group Sales Account Manager, at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Sunday, September 24
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Conscious Artificial Intelligence?

If and when you encounter an AI, it is best to look beyond superficialities, like a humanlike appearance. Perhaps only biological beings can have experience, or perhaps super-intelligent AI doesn’t need to be conscious. Susan Schneider proposes a test for determining whether AI can be conscious. Her work wrestles with vexed issues such as the nature of the mind, whether AI can be conscious, preparing for artificial general intelligence (AGI), super-intelligent AI, and futuristic brain enhancements, such as brain chips and uploading.

Susan Schneider is an associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University. Dr. Schneider writes about matters involving the nature of the self, which she examines from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

$10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students
Includes admission to Alien Worlds and Androids, and 1 drink ticket

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Thursday, October 26
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Presented by:

Dr. Susan Schneider, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program, The University of Connecticut Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University

Adult Coffee Club: Behind the Scenes – Exhibit Design & Butterfly Encounter

Unlike a typical museum, all of the hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center must be designed and built to withstand hundreds of students and families using them every day. Join Richard Thomas as he discusses the design and engineering of our exhibits. Also, see early design concepts of the Butterfly Encounter and learn the process of exhibit building from concept to completion. Tours of the Butterfly Encounter are available before and after the talk. Plan some extra time to explore the galleries Including our new traveling exhibit Alien Worlds and Androids. Coffee and tea are included.
Note: Because of the limited capacity of the Butterfly Encounter, tour times must be scheduled in advance. It is possible your tour time may be before 1PM.
Presenters: Richard Thomas. Director of Exhibit Design & Development at the Connecticut Science Center


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, December 5
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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