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Summer Programs at the Submarine Museum
Sailfest JULY 12-13
Kick off a spectacular summer at New London’s Sailfest! Stop by our booth to decorate a Dixie-cup hat you can wear to all the events at the Museum! We’ll be there from 10 AM to 9 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.
TIMI (Try It, Make It) Fridays 9am-12pm
JULY 18 — Making Waves
TRY IT: Slinkies and wave bottles.
MAKE IT: Paper slinkies and cup phones.
JULY 25 — Keep Your Balance
TRY IT: Gyroscopes and balances.
MAKE IT: Your own top.
AUGUST 1 — Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere
TRY IT: Seltzer rockets and baking-powder submarines.
MAKE IT: A bubble wand.
AUGUST 8 — Dazzling Drawings
TRY IT: Spirographs and reflection drawing.
MAKE IT: A spiral painting.
AUGUST 15 — I’ve Seen the Light
TRY IT: Sun prints and optical illusions.
MAKE IT: A rainbow wand and UV bead bracelet.
AUGUST 22 — Got all Your Marbles?
TRY IT: Water marbles and Wall Coasters.
MAKE IT: A marble maze.
4-H’s STEMtastic! MONDAYS 10–11:30 AM
JULY 21 — The Science of Yoga:
Learn about force, point of center, and equilibrium
through fun yoga poses and games.
JULY 28 — Ride the Waves: Learn about different types of waves (water, sound, and more) and use your knowledge to create stories using a Green Screen and photography.
AUGUST 4 — Wind: Not Just For Flying Kites: Make your own wind vane and discover why wind is important when it comes to creating energy.
AUGUST 11 — Travel to the ‘60s!: Create your own Lava Lamp using basic chemistry and colorful materials!
AUGUST 18 — Flubber!: Make your own gooey experiment called Flubber.
AUGUST 25 — Balloons and Cars: Turn into an engineer and make your own balloon car that shows us how force can make a difference.
Recent Museum Events
Spring Break Events!
4th Annual New London County 4-H Science Day
Program is FREE! -
No registration required!
Join us November 20th, 3:30 - 6:00pm for a great afternoon of fun. Families, 4-H Clubs, and Youth Programs are invited.
Please Note: While the Museum will be open the later hours - the Ship will close at 4pm.
Events and Participants include: • Mystic Aquarium • Denison Pequot Nature Center • Groton Utilities • Naval Submarine Medical Research Lab • Operation Military Kids • Hands on Science Experiments • US Coast Guard Academy • Ice Cream Social donated by UCONN • And many more….
Halloween on a Submarine!
Program is FREE! -
No registration required!
Saturday October 26th, 3:00-7:00pm
Make creepy crafts! - Play Ghostly games! - Tour the haunted USS Nautilus!
And of course, get lots and lots of candy!
Summer of Science - Fridays and Holiday Weekends at the Submarine Museum!
Friday, June 28
WAVE BOTTLES: Ever wondered what a wave looks like to a fish? Make a wave bottle in a test tube and find out!
Wed, July 3 - Sun, Jul 7 (ALL DAY SCAVENGER HUNT):
PATRIOTIC SCAVENGER HUNT: There are 12 rubber duckies decked out in red, white, and blue and hiding in the Museum—they’ll be there from July 3 through July 8. Can you find them all?
Friday, July 12
OOBLECK: What’s soft when you touch it and hard when you punch it? Oobleck, of course! Come play with this cool fluid made out of cornstarch and water.
Friday, July 19
GEARS & SPIRALS: How do gears work? How can you use them to make beautiful artwork? We’ll find out!
Friday, July 26
MAGNETS: Sometimes they stick together, other times they won’t get anywhere near each other. Why? Stop by and learn a little about marvelous magnets!
Friday, August 2
WALL COASTER: Help us build a roller coaster on our wall and see if you can race a marble from the top to the bottom without having it fly off!
Friday, August 9
KEYSTONES: Did you know that even the strongest arch will fall apart if you remove a piece called the keystone? Help us build an arch and learn about this “key” to its success!
Friday, August 16
PULLEYS: You can make it easier to lift a heavy weight if you have something called a pulley to help you. Come learn about these cool machines and try one out!
Friday, August 23
SNAP CIRCUITS: Experiment with basic electronics using award-winning kits from Snap Circuits!
Saturday, August 31 - Sunday, September 1 (ALL DAY SCAVENGER HUNT)
“DETECT THE DIFFERENCE” SCAVENGER HUNT: Pick up a booklet at the docent desk, then search the Museum to find the exhibits pictured within. How are the photos different from the real thing?
Presidents of the DEEP!
It's filled with fun facts, games, and puzzles based on three presidents and the subs named after them: James K. Polk (SSBN-645), Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602), and Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631).
We're open from 9 AM - 4 PM and admission and parking are free.
Submarine Community Events
If you would like to include announcements on this page concerning special events within the submarine community, please contact our secretary toll free at 1-800-343-0079 (local visitors may call (860) 694-3174) or Contact the Appropriate Person in Regards to your Inquiry with our Contact Form.