Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Saturday December 1, 2012

  • FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier
  • All Day 
  • Saturday, December 9, SCI will once again host the Regional Qualifier for FIRST LEGO League (FLL). FLL is a robotics program for 9- to 14-year-olds designed to generate excitement towards STEM fields.

    In this year's challenge, "Hydro Dynamics," FLL teams will build, test and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions.

    Come cheer on these amazing teams as they compete to move on to the Iowa FLL Championships at Iowa State University in January!

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Sunday December 9, 2012

  • SCI Jingle Bell Rock n' Run
  • 9:00 AM 
  • Run, Santa, run! Kick off the holiday season with the SCI Jingle Bell Rock n' Run 5K presented by UnityPoint Health Des Moines!

    Don your most festive attire as you dash through downtown Des Moines. Following the run, enjoy a hot breakfast, warm drinks and concert from Brother Trucker! Race will held rain, snow or shine!

    Registration fees include:

    • SCI stocking cap
    • Hot catered breakfast
    • Live concert from Brother Trucker following the run
    • Goodie bag from our sponsors

    Registration opens soon! Visit for more details

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Saturday December 15, 2012

  • Breakfast with Santa
  • 8:00 AMThe Food Chain Cafe
  • Food, fun, science and Santa! It’s a holiday tradition at SCI. Gather the family and reserve your table today for Breakfast with Santa, where you will:

    • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal
    • Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list
    • Catch The Polar Express in the Star Theater planetarium (Free screening is limited to 100 people. Details below.)
    • Explore SCI, see science demonstrations, live programs... and more!

    Tickets go on sale Monday, November 13, at 9:00 am.

    Additional details and pricing at

    The Polar Express: Due to limited seating, RSVP for the free screening of The Polar Express in the Star Theater planetarium is required and limited to the first 100 people to purchase tickets.

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Monday December 31, 2012

  • Noon Year's Eve
  • 9:00 AM 
  • Why should adults have all the fun ringing in the New Year at midnight? Bring the whole family to SCI to celebrate the New Year 12 hours early!

    Activities from 9:00 am - noon include:

    • Face painting
    • Balloon twisting
    • A magician
    • Of course, a massive balloon drop as we count down to 2018 at 12:00 noon!

    Noon Year's Eve activities are included with general admission - always free for SCI members!

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