Summer Programs (Gr. 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!


On this page:  Overview, COVID Changes, Registering, Scholarships, Schedule


Please see our page for full details on programming changes in response to COVID-19


Summer 2020 COVID General Changes

Again, we are a classroom-based summer instructional program, not a day camp.  We will be operating under the guidance of the CT Office of Early Childhood for the 2020 summer while the COVID situation continues, so we are under State and CDC guidelines for all students, parents, caregivers, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors.  

What is being implemented under CT and CDC health guidelines:

  • Daily multiple cleanings of high-touch surfaces.
  • Daily screenings of staff, students and visitors for temperatures and symptoms.
  • Social distancing between students and between classes.
  • Masks for all staff.
  • Masks are optional for students.  If they use them they need to be independent in their use.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations in each building.  
  • Staff will have sanitizing wipes to spot clean as needed. 
  • Bathrooms will have one-at-a-time setups with increased cleaning.
  • Hand dryers will be closed and paper towels used. 
  • Water fountains are closed.  
  • Main buildings will have bottled water dispensers - gloved staff will dispense water in single use cups.  

What will be different:

We will have an additional form for everyone:  an informed consent health form per the state, and  we need to remind faniies that the bahavoir agreement in the registrationproces extends to all rules in place this summer - that your child will be able to follow social distancing rules, hand washing, directions and teacher requests.  If these are not followed and compromise guidelines, students may be asked to leave the program.  There are no refunds for students who are removed from a course for behavior reasons.  

We can have a maximum of 5 student groups (classes) on campus.  Classes on campus can have a maximum of 10 students. 

There will be limited use of “Scholars” (our version of CITs) as they count as students and cannot circulate between classes.  We will have paid staff to assist teachers as needed with students and cleanings.  

Transportation - parents will drive to / from campus for drop-offs and pickups.  Arrival times will be spread out from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.  

Supplies - each student will have an assigned set of supplies and tools (scissors, tape, iPad, supplies, computer if in a tech class etc.) for the week.  

Groups of students (classes) will need to remain socially distant - 6 foot minimum.  So classes will have their own lunch areas and play areas.  

Students within a class are not required to maintain social distance within their group, but we will consider this the norm, and classroom setups will allow for this.  Classrooms / labs - student stations will be 6 feet apart. 

We’ll still have t-shirts for everyone, though we’re working on a creative and safe way to dye them!

In good weather snacks and lunches can be held outside, rainy days will be eat-in-place.

We won’t have all-student contests, but will have them within each class.  

Social distancing markings will be placed in buildings, as will arrows indicating stairway and doorway traffic flow.  


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 special presentations!


Summer 2020 Grade Levels UPDATED JUNE 24

With revised guidelines from the State, and our first week underway, we now will be restoring rising K students to our courses.  We still will need everyone to abide by our behavior agreement, and remind families that this includes the ability to follow rules for maintaining distance, individual materials, handwashing and sanitizer use.  


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.  Water:  You may bring a bottle of water each day, but we cannot refill them.  We will have water dispensers and single use cups that a gloved staff member will fill.  


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 there is an additional State-required Informed Consent form that you can find here. ***



The Hartford Foundation has once again provided scholarship support for students who reside in Hartford or East Hartford.  This is for one week per child per summer.  

Requirements are (1) residency in Hartford or East Hartford, and (2) financial, a recipient of either TANF, SNAP, WIC, Husky (child) or free/reduced school lunch.  

Some of our classes will be online, some will be on campus.  

We have traditionally provided a bus from downtown Hartford, but the usual bus stop will not allow for the required COVID screening, and the bus would have a maximum of 10 students.  We are currently working to secure and fixed parking area to allow a bus run from Hartford.  Driving to/from the Campus will be the norm.  

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please email with the subject “HFPG Scholarship Request” and indicate the week and course you would like, and if you would be able to drive to campus or if you would need the bus.  

We will be evaluating these and work with Hartford and a bus company to accommodate requests, and will let you know as soon as we have a firm solution.   


Schedule - Courses meet Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm.  For summer 2020 under COVID regulations, transportation will be via family cars to and from Talcott's campus.  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 Contests, Outdoor Activities and a "work-though" day.  

3:45 - 4:00 - Dismissal & pickup.