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: COVID Changes, Registering, Scholarships, Schedule
Offices are open Mon - Fri, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. We have phone and email access during those hours.
Summer 2021 COVID General Changes
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 while the COVID situation continues, so we are under State and CDC guidelines for all students, parents, caregivers, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors. Please see our COVID changes page for details.
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 (chess, structures, paper airplanes, self-propelled vehicles & more!) happen weekly along with special presentations!
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 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.
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. We have traditionally provided a bus from downtown Hartford. We are currently working to arrange a fixed parking area to allow a bus run from Hartford. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “HFPG Scholarship Request” and indicate the week and course you would like.
Courses meet Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm. 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.