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The Children's Museum of Connecticut

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950 Trout Brook Dr, West Hartford, CT 06119-1437
+1 860-231-2824
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Get misted by a whale

We enjoyed the animals, butterfly garden and nice displays here. Probably better suited for for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helped build the whale

As a young child I remember my parents being part of the Connecticut Cetacean Society that built... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The Children's Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families, school and community groups, and home schooled children. At the Museum and in classrooms throughout Connecticut, we encourage children to become creative thinkers and lifelong learners. Children engage in our interactive labs, workshops, multi-sensory exhibits and demonstrations, a live wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome planetarium shows and movies, vacation camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, scout activities, and special events. Our unique Children's Museum Preschool, co-located on our West Hartford campus, integrates science experiences into early childhood learning. Nearby Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton offers environmental exhibits, nature programs, concerts and acres of outdoor hiking, bird watching, and winter cross-country skiing.
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  • Average25%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible9%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
950 Trout Brook Dr, West Hartford, CT 06119-1437
+1 860-231-2824

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the animals, butterfly garden and nice displays here. Probably better suited for for smaller children but there was plenty to keep us interested. Dinosaur enthusiasts would enjoy it here.

Thank nationalparkPa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a young child I remember my parents being part of the Connecticut Cetacean Society that built the Whale. I have been going back to the museum often. Now that my kids are grown, I take my nieces and nephews to see the whale and...More

Thank ChiefBill2
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The children's museum was not only fun but also informative. There were many games involving logical reasoning which kept the kids as well as parents occupied. Arranging some cubes so that they fit into a box, guessing items inside a bead box, a huge box...More

Thank Deepa S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This small and cosy museum is a perfect spot to keep little ones occupied for a few hours. Children 8 and over would probably be bored. My grand-daughter fell in love with the Discovery Room next to the planetarium. Most of the activities there are...More

Thank Lizzieswish
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

My grandkids enjoyed this museum. Mostly recommend for 5 and under. You won't spend more than an hour or hour and a half here unless your kids really find something they want to spend a lot of time on. It's fairly small...

Thank PMN17
Reviewed 13 July 2017

My granddaughters love it here-- so many hands on things to do. Lots of fun for the whole family, even grandma and grandpa.

Thank Jody1975
Reviewed 3 July 2017

This is a great place to go with small kids. The facilities are a bit underwhelming as they definitely need to remodel but the staff is very friendly and they have lots of kid friendly exhibits with small animals. I was hesitant to go given...More

1  Thank lostinatlanta
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We took our grandson & his friend there and the two boys loved it! We especially enjoyed the live animals and were there at the end of the day to watch them feed the animals and tell & answer questions about them. They have a...More

Thank bsblaisdell
Reviewed 23 April 2017

My 5 year old had a great time here. There were plenty of exhibits. A little misleading that the planetarium is only open to see movies and is not actually a planetarium to look at stars and such. The map you are given does not...More

Thank Dana P
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Plenty to do for kids. Had a great time. Can cover it in half a day. Would be nice in season as the butterfly garden would be open.

Thank KeukaRK
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Response from Helen S | Reviewed this property |
It would be a stretch for them to really get anything out of it.