Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Sunday June 3, 2012

  • Zap
  • 12:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Star Theater Spectacular
  • 1:00 PMStar Theater
  • See eye-popping space demos and other fun Star Theater features for an experience that’s out of this world!

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Monday June 4, 2012

  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 9:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Star Theater Spectacular
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • See eye-popping space demos and other fun Star Theater features for an experience that’s out of this world!

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Tuesday June 5, 2012

  • Science Storytime
  • 9:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Transit of Venus
  • 5:00 PM 
  • Location: State Capitol Complex near the “Shattering Silence” sculpture.

    Join staff from SCI and the Des Moines Astronomical Society to view a transit of Venus, an astronomical phenomenon that won't happen again for another 105 years! SCI will have telescopes with solar filters for you to safely view the transit. The transit will begin around 5:00 pm and last until approximately 8:45 pm.


    What is a transit of Venus?
    A transit of Venus occurs when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, causing Venus to become visible against a small portion of the solar disk. During such a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun.

    You won't want to miss this event - the last transit of Venus occurred on June 8, 2004, the next one will not happen until December 11, 2117!

    This event is in partnership with the Des Moines Astronomical Society.

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Wednesday June 6, 2012

  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 9:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 1:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 4:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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Thursday June 7, 2012

  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 9:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 10:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 4:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

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Friday June 8, 2012

  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 9:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 1:00 PMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Star Theater Spectacular
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • See eye-popping space demos and other fun Star Theater features for an experience that’s out of this world!

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 5:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Family Night
  • 5:00 PM 
  • The second Friday of the month is dedicated to families! Experience special exhibitionA T. rex Named Sue and explore SCI with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

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  • Zap
  • 6:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 7:00 PMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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Saturday June 9, 2012

  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 9:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 12:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 1:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Back to top
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 4:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

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