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

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.

Wednesday, March 29
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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NASA Space Day

Join us for a day of super spacey fun: Taste astronaut ice cream, see a real NASA space suit, witness an alien stiltwalker, enjoy space-themed Live Science demonstrations, make an out-of-this-world craft, and see a stunning space-themed 3D movie (separate ticket required). Younger space fans will love space-themed stories at 11:30AM and 1PM. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium.

Saturday, April 1
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Scout Day: NASA Space Day

Scouts Day and NASA Space Day combine for a day of intergalactic scouting fun and space activities. Complete the intergalactic scouts-only scavenger hunt to earn your exclusive out-of-this world Science Center patch. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16.95 at the door.

For more information, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Saturday, April 1
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Open Daily for April School Vacation

Looking for something FUN to do over school vacation week? The Connecticut Science Center is open daily 10AM – 5PM April 8- 23. Celebrate Earth Day all vacation long with earth themed science and activities every day. Explore the wonder of earth and “See the Unseen” from deep sea to the outer reaches of Earth in the all new Science Alley. See the new traveling exhibit Engineering Earth and discover the wonder that lies beneath our feet. You won’t want to miss Live Science, Storytime, and 3D Movies. Kids under 3 are always FREE!

Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 23

Teen Program: Keeping it Fresh

How can a 100-year-old canned good still be edible?!? Explore the science of food preservation and get schooled on how to make your food last longer.

Workshops are free for all students grades 9-12, but advanced registration is required. Lunch is provided after the workshop.
For questions or to register e-mail teens@CTScienceCenter.org

Saturday, April 8
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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April 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.

April Vacation Exploration Camp Dates:

  • Monday, April 10: See the Unseen
  • Tuesday, April 11: Game On!
  • Wednesday, April 12: The MESStival Festival
  • Thursday, April 13: Science ROCKS!
  • Friday, April 14: Connecticut Sleuth Center

Monday, April 10 – Friday, April 14

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Wildlife Encounters Animal Stage Show

Show Times: 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM

Celebrate Earth Day all vacation long. You won’t want to miss a special larger-than-life stage show with Wildlife Encounters, where you’ll see animals you’ve never seen before. They’re so wild, you won’t believe they’re real. The skilled presenters of Wildlife Encounters offer an exciting show with a variety of unique animals and a message focused on sharing awareness concerning issues affecting animals, people, and the Earth. Animals may vary by show.

The Wildlife Encounters Show requires a separate theater ticket.
$7 Adults / $6 Youth (Ages 3-17) / $6 Seniors / $5 Members. General Admission Combo Ticket pricing is also available.

Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, April 15

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Adult Coffee Club: How to Survive in Space

Have you ever wondered how astronauts stay alive in space for extended periods of time? Join Ed O’Connor as he discusses how he helped to design the Closed Loop Life Support System. Also, get a close-up look at a real NASA space suit. Afterward, explore the exhibit galleries, and check out our new 84’ Mercury-Redstone Rocket in Science Alley. Coffee and tea are included.
Presenter: Ed O’Connor, Connecticut Science Center Volunteer and one of the head engineers on the closed loop life support system for NASA.


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, April 18
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

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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

Connecticut Science Center STEM Achievement Awards

The Connecticut Science Center is proud to celebrate the achievements of professionals, groups, advocates, businesses, and leaders who share our mission to inspire lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. These individuals and organizations are honored annually at our Awards Breakfast. Selected by the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science Committee, the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award is given to recognize a women working in STEM as a leader in her field. The Networking Breakfast is 7:30-8:30AM immediately followed by the awards presentation 8:30-9:30AM.

Tickets are $40 per person / $35 for Science Center Members. For sponsorship and registration information, please contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or call 860-520-2163.

Tuesday, April 25
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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<strong>Supporting Sponsor:</strong><br/>Burns & McDonnell

Supporting Sponsor:
Burns & McDonnell

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

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

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.

Saturday, May 27
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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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

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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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.

Wednesday, October 4
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 ConnecticutInterdisciplinary 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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