Thunder Creek | Nature's Art Village | Montville, CTNature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370

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Thunder Creek

Learn the technique of panning and find as many “gold” nuggets as you can!

  • Relive and learn about the California Gold Rush as you pan for “fools gold” (pyrite).
  • Carry your riches home in a souvenir prospector’s pouch
  • 10 minutes to pan and learn
  • Recommended for ages 2 and up

Enjoy indoor science activities for children of all ages at the Discovery Depot in Southeastern Connecticut and relive the California Gold Rush in Thunder Creek!  Here you will learn the fun technique of panning and pan for “fools gold” nuggets in our indoor gold sluice.  Equipped with an apron, gold pan, and a helpful staff member to teach the technique you are off to find as much treasure as you can!  Have educational fun separating out the shiny pyrite from the creek and watch the riches accumulate as you continue panning. Carry your riches home in a souvenir prospector’s pouch. Yes, you can keep everything you find!

And for the super adventurous fun seekers in the Mystic Connecticut area, choose the Thunder Creek Deluxe package which includes a souvenir gold pan for you to keep and take home and use in real streams.  The deluxe package also includes your own extra large “gold nugget” and additional panning time!

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Combine Discovery Depot attractions, like the Jackpot Mine, Thunder Creek & The Bone Zone, for special combination & upgrade packages.  Rain or shine, Jackpot Mine is open every weekend and school vacation and most holidays (except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and  New Year’s Day).  Of course, Thunder Creek and all of the Discovery Depot attractions in Southeastern Connecticut are open daily during the summer season when school is off!

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Thunder Creek is recommended for ages 2 & up.