100 Bidwell Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
George Carter III, who is credited with creating the game of laser tag in the early 1980s, says he got the idea from watching “Star Wars.” So what better way to commemorate Star Wars Day by getting some friends together for a few rounds? One of the best laser tag venues in the state is the large indoor entertainment complex known as Nomads Adventure Quest, which contains a 3500 square-foot arena with dramatic sound and lighting. Before leaving, hit Nomads’ arcade for one of its “Star Wars” games.
250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
If you are a “Star Wars” buff, you likely have a fascination with space, in which case you’ll want to make your way to the fifth level of the Connecticut Science Center. That’s where you’ll find the museum’s Exploring Space exhibit and your chance to see the galaxy from a different angle. The exhibit’s highlights are two large simulation space pods for visitors to sit in and navigate their way across stars, planets and even a black hole. The experience will make you feel like you’re a character in one of the movies.
71 Hilliard St.
Manchester, CT 06042
Creative types can stock up on all the latest “Star Wars” toys and games at Manchester’s Time Machine Hobby. Among the large store’s notable products are Metal Earth Fascinations, 3D metal model kits with which you can build the Millennium Falcon, the Imperial Star Destroyer, AT-AT’s and other vehicles from the movies. And head to the sister store across the street, The Portal, for engrossing “Star Wars” board and tabletop games. In particular, look for the X-Wing Miniatures Game and challenge a friend to a battle.
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950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119
The Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium is part of the West Hartford Children’s Museum, but “Star Wars” lovers of all ages will be entertained. The state’s largest digital planetarium, Gengras is equipped with a state-of-the-art Spitz HB SciDome projector. The Science Dome screens an ever-changing slate of fascinating shows about stars and the solar system every day. May 4 is the perfect date to visit for an educational and realistic space experience.
1188 Highland Ave.
Cheshire, CT 06410
The original “Star Wars” was one of the first movies to embrace mass merchandising, with its characters appearing on hundreds of products. You will likely see most of them housed in Cheshire’s Barker Character Comic & Cartoon Museum. The museum has a mind-boggling collection of pop culture artifacts, including an impressive “Star Wars” collection. Stop by and check out its classic dolls, action figures, trading cards, puzzles, drinking mugs and other items inspired by the original trilogy.