The Children’s Museum has fun and learning planned throughout the year, even when the kids are out of school! Each camp day has a science theme and is packed with scientific investigation, experiments, crafts, and educational games all in the safe and educational environment of our museum. Of course, there’s plenty of time to explore our hands-on, interactive exhibits, see one of our amazing planetarium shows, and have an up-close encounter with a live animal.
*Please Note: An up-to-date health form is
REQUIRED for your child to attend camp*
Join us for a fun and interactive experience to remember!
Experienced staff * State licensed * Safe and positive environment
Vacation Science Camp is for children in grades 1–6 (must be at least age 6). Sign up for a single day or multiple days.
Upcoming Camp Topics
February 20: Tiny Animals
Meet the tiny animals that call our sanctuary home, including sugar gliders, pigmy hedgehogs, and various baby animals.
February 21: Reptile Camp
Campers will have a chance to meet our scaly friends which include turtles, lizards, and snakes.
April 10: Animal Science
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study animals? Campers will have a chance to conduct animal experiments, look at tiny animals under a microscope, and learn about different animal bones and teeth.
April 11: Edible Experiments
Come join us for a day filled to bursting with experiments that you can eat! We will make liquid nitrogen ice cream, experiment with candy, and learn about the science of making food.
April 12: Desert Animals
Campers will meet an incredibly diverse group of desert animals including gila monsters and fennec foxes. We will learn about the special adaptations these animals have for survival in their desert environments.
April 13: Connecticut Animals
Join us for a day of learning about animals that live in our backyard, including Clark the opossum, Cider the groundhog, and Bobby the box turtle. We will learn about the importance of protecting their habitats.
April 14: Scaly Creatures
Join us as we step back in time and investigate reptiles from the past to present including dinosaurs, lizards, snakes and turtles. Campers will have a chance to investigate dinosaur fossils and bones in our brand new dinosaur exhibit.
Have questions? Check out our Vacation Science FAQ section below, or contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 860.726-4008.
**As a state-registered day camp, your child will not be able to attend unless we have an up-to-date health form on file. See below for more information. While we do store forms from previous campers, please do NOT assume we have the health form. If you believe we already have the form on file, please call our Registration department to confirm at 860.726.4008 or email email@example.com. Please also call Registration with any questions regarding health forms. Thank you.**
9:00am – 4:00pm
Drop-off at 8:45am
• Children in grades 1 – 6 (must be at least age 6)
• Completed health form including immunization record, signed by a physician
• Completed parent and authorized prescriber permission form for any child requiring medications or inhaler, including Epi-Pen, needed during camp hours.
TCM/RBNC Members: $60/day
Costs are per camp day. All program fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Ways to Register:
1. Register online
2. Mail a paper registration form to: 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT 06119
Dec – Feb Registration Form
April Registration Form
3. Call our Registration Department at 860.726.4008.
As a licensed Youth Camp approved by the state of Connecticut, we are required to comply with state regulations. For the safety and well-being of your child, he/she may not participate in our program unless we have the following health information on file:
- A completed, up-to-date health form signed by a physician
- The date of your child’s last exam must be indicated and must fall within three years of the last day of camp for which you are registering.
- A current immunization record
- Completed parent and authorized prescriber permission form for any child requiring medications, including Epi-Pen, during camp hours.
Click here for a blank health form. You have the option to provide us with a copy of the medical form on file at your child’s school or a health form from another licensed camp, as long as the above information is included.
Be sure to check out our frequently asked questions section below before you come to Vacation Science.
For more information about volunteering at Vacation Science Camp, click here.
Vacation Science FAQs
Is the Children’s Museum a licensed camp?
Our Vacation Science Camp, which includes our Summer Science program, is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Youth Day Camp.
Who comprises the staff?
All instructors are staff Educators from The New Children’s Museum’s. Camp counselors are either local high school or college students. All of our camp have previous experience either working with children or at our museum and have proper First Aid training.
How are children grouped?
Children are grouped according to grade level. Typically first and second graders make up the younger group; with third graders and up comprising the older group. The number of children signed up for a grade on any particular day dictate grouping. There may be times when it is necessary to deviate from our normal grouping pattern.
Can children be grouped with friends?
Parents must request that their child be grouped with a friend at the time of registration. If registering by mail or fax, please indicate this on the registration form. Activities and groups are carefully planned therefore it is not possible to switch groups the day of the program. Please remember that children are grouped according to grade level. We will do everything to honor your request but please understand that it may be necessary for a child to be placed in a group that is not grade appropriate if they request to be with an older or younger friend.
Who can attend the program?
Vacation Science is for children currently in grades 1–6 (must be at least age 6).
Is there a nurse on duty?
As a licensed day camp, we are not required to have a nurse on duty. A staff member, who has completed the First Aid and CPR courses required by the state, serves as our on-site Health Director. Our Camp Health Directors are also trained in Basic Medication Administration, including Epi-Pens.
Can a child on medication attend the program?
A child on medication may attend our camp. Our Camp Health Directors are trained in Basic Medication Administration, including Epi-Pens.
Parents/guardians requesting medication administration for their child while at camp must provide appropriate written authorization(s). This includes authorization for all topical, oral, and inhalant medication applications. An Authorized Prescriber is required to complete and sign a portion of the Medication Authorization Form for all medications other than a non-prescription topical. This form must be submitted to us one week prior to attending camp. All medication must be in the original container with the Pharmacy name and Prescription Number easily identifiable. The medication should be appropriately labeled and have a current date. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 860.726.4008 for details.
What is the time for the programs?
Vacation Science runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please pick up promptly at 4pm as the museum closes at this time.
When can we arrive at the museum?
Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Check in at the Museum’s Main Entrance.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
Program fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please call the Children’s Museum if your child will be absent from camp.
Will confirmation letters be sent after registering?
Confirmations are not sent. Assume your child is registered unless you are contacted. Feel free to call at any time to verify your child’s registration.
What should each child bring?
- Simple snack and bagged lunch. Food and drink will be refrigerated. The Department of Public Health now requires that all lunches be stored in a paper bag. Please do not send food in a thermal lunch box or container as those containers, when refrigerated, prohibit the food from reaching the required temperature deemed safe by the Department of Public Health.
- Dress for possible outdoor activities.
- Shopping money for our Gift Store (optional).