Summer Programs (K-8)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! 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, Registering, Tours, Scholarships, Schedule


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.  Talcott 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 15% off tuition through March 1st, and 10% off tuition through April 1st!  Early Bird costs are automatically applied, you can see the current price by hovering over the "i" icon.  TMSC Members get an additional $20 off per course!  


Courses can be found in the catalog.  Contests happen weekly, (chess, structures, paper airplanes, self-propelled vehicles & more!) as well as planetarium and magic shows, and special presentations!


TOURS:  Want to visit before your child attends?  We offer tours Thursdays at 4 PM BEGINNING THU APR 2. 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's signature or physical exam is needed to complete this. We have a nurse on site during the program. If your child will be taking medication during the hours of the program, medications must be in their original prescription packaging with prescribing information intact and a physician-signed 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.



For Summer 2020, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has granted a limited number of no-cost scholarships for Talcott’s summer program for Hartford and East Hartford resident students.  

The following are needed to qualify:

1.  Residency:  Students must be a resident of Hartford or East Hartford, and eligible to attend Hartford or East Hartford Public Schools, subject to verification.  

2.  Income:  Students must qualify by being recipients of financial assistance under the following, subject to verification:

        East Hartford:  Free or reduced school meals.  

        Hartford:  SNAP, TANF, WIC, or Husky A or B For Children.  

3.  Limits:  This scholarship program pays tuition for qualifying students for one week (aka one program) per student per summer.  It does not pay for rocket, telescope or electronics kits required for some programs.    

For details on how to apply for these scholarships, please email


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, Star Show, Tie-dye T-shirts, Outdoor Activities and a "work-though" day.  

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