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Review: Connecticut Science Center

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Connecticut Science Center

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Adults, the kid in you will come alive at the Connecticut Science Center. Whether you have children of your own or you are with someone else's everyone is guaranteed to have a good time. The Connecticut Science Center is located in Hartford, Connecticut. It provides a combination of education and fun. Their 4 floors and 150 exhibits have a unique way to engage children in learning.

Featured exhibits include sight and sound, space, sports, forces in motion, inventions, earth, travel, the river of life, and more. You are not limited to the amount of time you spend in each exhibit, as visitors set their own pace and choose which exhibits they want to explore. There are activities for a variety of ages from the touch and feel tank to panning for gold, and even testing out your strength and speed. Little ones will enjoy the room with a projector that lights up games on the floor and uses a sensor, or building with legos.

When purchasing your tickets you have the option for choosing solely the science center, or you can combine it with the theater that is located inside. The theater has a large 30' x 40' screen and 3D glasses for the featured movies. Movies vary from 25 minutes to 40 minutes in length. Movie schedules, times, and descriptions are available online or at the science center. You can use the movie to take a break from walking and exploring, and re-enter the science center.

When you purchase your ticket each person will be given a wristband. This wristband is used for initial entry and re-entry into the science center's exhibits and must be visible at all times. Admission cost for the science center is $19 for adults, $16.50 for seniors ages 65 and older, $14 for children ages 4-17, and free for children 3 and under. If you choose to combine the science center and movie the fee is $24 for adults, $21.50 for seniors, $19 for youth, and free for ages 3 and younger. Hours of operation are typically 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. A schedule is posted on their website.

Parking is conveniently located below the building or in nearby garages. There is a cafe with slightly overpriced food items, but available in a pinch to keep your stomach from growling. The cafe is currently under construction and will be closed until the middle of February. There are both stairs and elevators to access each floor. The Connecticut Science Center is located at 250 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, CT. For more information call (860) 724-3623.

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