The Children's Museum

West Hartford, CT

Where are we going?

The Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Dr
West Hartford
CT 06119

860 231-2824

What is there to do?

The Children’s Museum is just that - a museum JUST for children, and offers rich learning experiences across science and nature for all ages. 

Exploration of their multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the natural world, and offers learning and discovery as well as plenty of fun through the various exhibits.

Kids can explore the outdoors - indoors - in the Elementree Forest, where kids can experience a range of activities and environments, from a rural campground to a suburban backyard, with the exhibit changing seasons as the real outdoors does!

Imagination Playground is where those imaginations can just run wild, with fun, light-weight blocks that can be connected in all sorts of styles, giving kids the freedom to express themselves through play.

Not only can kids enjoy the exhibits, The Children's Museum host live animal demonstrations by their talented Wildlife Sanctuary staff, AND daily shows within their digital planetarium. Sounds pretty fun to us!

In fact, there are a number of animal exhibits they can check out, including turtles, terrapins & tortoises with real reptiles in the aquariums, and they can learn all about lizards in Lizard Lair, including their relationship with those prehistoric ancestors that we know and love.

Speaking of, Dinosaurs in your Backyard gives kids a chance to explore the dinosaurs that lived in Connecticut during the Jurassic Period, through fossils, bones, footprints and more.

Do kids, are you ready to have a day of play and learning at The Children's Museum, where the natural world comes to life indoors? 

Let's go play then!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $14.75 / $2.50 for planetarium with admission purchase)

Children: $13.75 (Ages 2 to 12) / $2.50 for planetarium with admission purchase

Discount: Seniors $13.75, & children's museum members free

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

Although they do not have elevators, they do provide access to those with special needs through outside entrances on each level. You are welcome to call ahead or ask an associate at our admissions desk to make arrangements for assistance in touring the museum.


When can we go?

Spring Hours: 9am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 4pm Sunday. Check online for rest of year when in that season

Open year round but closed major holidays


Any top tips?

Check out the daily animal demonstrations and feedings when you arrive, so you can plan your play day around them!

I’m Hungry!

The Children’s Museum offers vending machines with snack and drink options to help keep you refueled during your visit, but ensure you consume everything in the designated seating areas

Healthy Eating

You can bring your own packed lunch if you want! Your admission is also good for a day, so if you want to step out and get something healthy in the nearby area you can, and then return! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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