Summer Programs (K-8)

TMSC's Summer of Science Adventures gives students in grades K-8 the chance to explore some (very) cool science, nature and technology -- all on a one-of-a-kind mountaintop campus!


Office hours are Mon - Fri, 8AM - 5PM.
The Center is available by phone and eMail during those hours.


On this page:  Overview, Schedule, and Busses. 


Registration is via Active Network and uses a "shopping cart model" - you can register multiple students / multiple courses all in one login! By hovering over the "i" icon on Active Network, you can see the cost of the course before checkout. Talcott Members also get $20 off each course; this discount is applied by using your membership code at check out. Please make sure all information is correct for the course(s) you choose, including any required course materials if applicable, and that you have filled out the medical questions completely. 

The registration fee is $5.95 per course, and applies whether you register online or with a mail-in form. Mail-in forms require a paper check for payment. It is not necessary to purchase registration insurance, although you might see it when you're checking out. This insurance has no affiliation with the Science Center, but is offered through Active Network. Online registration is via credit card, debit card, or electronic check. Check out our early-bird discounts and member prices, and save!


Course registration closes 11:59pm the Thursday before the week you wish to attend. Pre-registration required, please no walk-ins or same-day registration. Mrs. Molway will send an email the Monday before your child's Summer Program begins to reiterate all important information. 


DISCOUNTS: With our Early Bird specials you can get 10% off tuition through April 1st!  TMSC Members get an additional $20 off per course!  


Courses can be found under Summer Catalog K-3 and Summer Catalog 4-8. Some new courses include: History Sleuths, Coding, Theatre & Stage Craft (a 2 week course!) and more! Contests happen weekly, (chess, structures, paper airplanes, self-propelled vehicles & more!) as well as planetarium and magic shows, and special presentations!


Want to visit before your child attends?  We offer tours Thursdays at 4 PM. Reservations required - please call (860) 677-8571 to sign up.


Bring a lunch and snacks and dress for the weather! Students should bring food for lunch and snack that does not need heating or refrigeration. As peanut allergies are the most common, please help by limiting the use of peanuts in lunches as much as possible. For students with allergies, we will designate a "peanut-free" and/or "nut-free" table at lunch and snack, and designate other allergies as needed.  


A medical / permission form is part of the registration. No doctor is needed to complete this. We have a nurse on site during the summer program for your child's medical needs. If your child will be taking or needs medications during the hours of the program, medications must be in their original prescription packaging with prescribing information intact and a physician's authorization form (a doctor's signature is required for the medical authorization form). A Talcott staff member will collect any meds and authorization forms at the first day’s AM bus stop and return them at the last day’s PM bus stop. Please see our Forms page for these and other important documents.



Through a continuing partnership with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Talcott Mountain is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for our Summer Program to eligible Hartford and East Hartford resident students.  

Eligibility includes residential and financial requirements:

1.  Residential:  Students must be residents of Hartford or East Hartford, subject to verification.

2.  Financial:  Applicants must qualify for public assistance - SNAP, WIC, TANF, HUSKY (child), etc. subject to verification.  Additionally school lunch qualifies for East Hartford only, subject to verification. 

Scholarships cover one week of program per student per summer, and are first-come, first served, please visit the web to see the course catalog and to confirm availability.  Transportation provided from bus stops in Hartford, West Hartford and Avon.  Contact us at (860) 677-8571 or email to check qualifications and get authorization.   


Schedule - Courses meet Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm, with included bus transportation from Hartford Public Library Downtown (Arch St Entrance), Bishop's Corner Library West Hartford and Sperry Park in Avon. Please see Transportation for more details. The day looks like this:


9 AM - Arrival & morning announcements

9:15 - 10:30 - Coursework

10:30 - 10:45 - Snack Break

10:45 - 12:00 - Coursework

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch & Recess (indoor activities in bad weather)

1:00 - 2:00 - Coursework

2:00 - 3:00 - Coursework

3:00 - 3:45 - Specials including Contest Fridays, Planetarium Show, Science Demos, Outdoor Activities and one "work-though" day.  

3:45 - 4:00 - Dismissal & depart for PM bus stops.