Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Sunday November 1, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 12:30 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
  • 1:30 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
  • 2:30 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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  • 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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Monday November 2, 2015

  • SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • During SCI's Regular Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Mondays. This change reflects an effort to better provide the community with enhanced science programming, special events and facility features.

    There will be special occasions where SCI will be open on Mondays due to special holidays. Up-to-date information will be posted online and distributed via social media and e-newsletters.

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Tuesday November 3, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 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
  • 11:30 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! 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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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 2:00 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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 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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  • Recognizing Race: A Historical Perspective
  • 6:00 PM 
  • Racism has infiltrated pop culture throughout American history, weaving its way into advertising, marketing and everyday language. Household names like Aunt Jemima and Frito Bandito have mainstreamed racism, as consumers unconsciously purchase products that perpetuate stereotyping of African-American and Latino cultures, among others. Just as pop culture shaped the discourse of diversity in America, each state played its own role in Civil Rights history, and Iowa is no different.

    Hear from local experts in this interactive presentation, and learn how about the role Iowans played in the national push for civil rights and equality in America.

    Panelists:

    • Brian Behnken, Associate Professor of History, Iowa State University
    • Krystal Gladden, Museum Educator, African American Museum of Iowa
    • Katy Swalwell, Assistant Professor of Education, Iowa State University
    • Leah Driscoll, Teacher, Meskwaki Settlement School

    Each event opens with the opportunity to experience the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition from 5:00-6:00 pm for a discounted rate. Or join us at 6:00 pm for the free panel discussion.

    The Recognizing Race series is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Iowa State University.

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Wednesday November 4, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • 1 Million Cups Des Moines
  • 8:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 am at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 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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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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Thursday November 5, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 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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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:30 AMFounders 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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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.

  • Category: Program
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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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  • 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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Friday November 6, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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  • Mixology Night
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Mix. Mingle. Music. Science.

    Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month, experience all that SCI has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming!

    Admission:
    General admission is $7; free for SCI Members
    A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.

    Event Schedule:

    5:30 pm – Cash bar opens

    6:00 pm – Music Begins

    7:00 pm – Live Science Program

    9:00 pm – SCI closes

    Visit sciowa.org/mixology for more details!

    Bands and themes coming soon!

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Saturday November 7, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Ready, Set, Build: Central Iowa's Bridge-Building Challenge
  • All Day 
  • It’s the ultimate test of structure, strength and style… Build a bridge that achieves all of the above, and YOU could be the winner of the Central Iowa Battle of the Bridges! Gather a team of 1-4 people, and design and prototype the best bridge with the provided materials in 2.5 hours. The model bridge will feature the greatest support efficiency… and the teamwork mindset to bring it to life!

    To register, call the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.More information - Rules, tools and materials

     

    Cost: FREE (Includes a bridge material kit and a complete tool set provided to you at the workshop.)

    Categories:

    • Elementary (Grades 4-6)
    • Middle School (Grades 7-8)
    • High School (Grades 9-12)
    • Family (any combination - children, adults, seniors)

    Schedule:

    • 9:00-9:30 am - Check-in / set-up
    • 9:45 am - 12:15 pm - Bridge Building
    • 12:15-1:00 pm - Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 pm - Load Testing
    • 3:00 pm - Awards (Highest Structural Efficiency, Most Innovative, Truss Teamwork Award)

    "Ready, Set, Build" is presented by the Science Center of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 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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  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:30 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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  • 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
  • 3:30 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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Sunday November 8, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 12:30 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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  • Fire Works
  • 1:30 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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  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble: Diversity & Harmony Concert
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Complementing the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition, the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble brings together music from around the globe in a concert of cultures.

    The 90-minute program begins at 2:00 pm in Founders Hall. Concert and exhibition are included with SCI general admission.

    Program:

    • Africa: Ceremony, Song, and Ritual – Robert W. Smith
    • Variations on a Korean Folk Song – John Barnes Chance
    • Japanese Tune – Soichi Konagaya
    • Selections from The Sound of Music – Rodgers/Hammerstein
    • Danzón No. 2 – Arturo Márquez
    • Wedding Dance – Jacques Press
    • Irish Tune from County Derry – Percy Grainger
    • Shepherds Hey – Percy Grainger
    • Radetzky March – Johann Strauss

    About the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble:

    The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the Greater Des Moines area. The ensemble was founded in 2002 by a group of Central Iowa music educators under the leadership of Dr. Evan Feldman, who led the group until 2005. To this day, the ensemble maintains a strong contingent of educators, but membership has expanded to include musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and occupations. Learn more at www.ciwe.org.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • 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
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • 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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Monday November 9, 2015

  • SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • During SCI's Regular Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Mondays. This change reflects an effort to better provide the community with enhanced science programming, special events and facility features.

    There will be special occasions where SCI will be open on Mondays due to special holidays. Up-to-date information will be posted online and distributed via social media and e-newsletters.

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Tuesday November 10, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 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
  • 11:30 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! 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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  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 2:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

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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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 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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  • Cafe Scientifique - Low-Head Dams: Sleek Design, Secret Danger
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Presenter: Nate Hoogeveen, Director of River Programs, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Location: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321

    Low-head dams provide smooth, scenic waterways fit for a photo op, but their seamless designs and short drop-offs can be deceptively dangerous for boaters and swimmers. Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Nate Hoogeveen will give a presentation on ways of mitigating dams to make them safe while still scenic, accommodating to fish passage and maintaining access for fishing. 

    Dam mitigation is being explored as part of the development of a water trails and greenways master plan for the Greater Des Moines region by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Join us as we explore the balance between engineering efficient waterways and keeping the public safe from danger.

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Wednesday November 11, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • 1 Million Cups Des Moines
  • 8:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 am at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 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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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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Thursday November 12, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:30 AMFounders 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 2:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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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.

  • Category: Program
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Friday November 13, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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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.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • Category: Program
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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

  • Category: Program
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  • $5 Family Night: Star Wars Edition
  • 5:00 PM 
  • The second Friday of each month from 5:00-8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials!

    This month is all about Star Wars!

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in IMAX on Friday, December 18, and we're celebrating with themed activities from 5:00-8:00 pm:

    • Special programming, including Laser Light Sabers and R2-D2!
    • Star Wars Craft Table!
    • Everyone who attends will be entered to win opening-weekend tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX as well as other great prizes!
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  • Fire Works
  • 6:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • "Talk-Like-Yoda" and Wookiee Sound Contest
  • 6:30 PMFounders Hall
  • This contest is open to the whole family, welcoming the best Yoda quotes and Wookiee sounds from children and adults! Judges will include Blank IMAX and Dome Theater Staff as well as local celebrities Sign up for the contest at the SCI table in Founders Hall by 6:15 pm!

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 7:00 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 Wars Costume Parade and Prize Drawing
  • 7:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Put your name into the drawing at the SCI table in Founders Hall, then come back at 7:30 pm for a parade of Star Wars costumes and prize drawings, including opening-weekend tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX!

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Saturday November 14, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Sunday November 15, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 12:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 1:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Monday November 16, 2015

  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • During SCI's Regular Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Mondays. This change reflects an effort to better provide the community with enhanced science programming, special events and facility features.

    There will be special occasions where SCI will be open on Mondays due to special holidays. Up-to-date information will be posted online and distributed via social media and e-newsletters.

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Tuesday November 17, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 2:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Wednesday November 18, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • 1 Million Cups Des Moines
  • 8:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 am at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

  • Category: Special Events
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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

  • Back to top
  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

  • Category: Program
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Thursday November 19, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

  • Category: Program
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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:30 AMFounders 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 2:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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Friday November 20, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

  • Category: Program
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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

  • Back to top
  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:30 AMStar 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

  • Category: Program
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Saturday November 21, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

  • Category: Program
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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 10:30 AMStar 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 12:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 3:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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Sunday November 22, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 12:30 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 1:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 2:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Monday November 23, 2015

  • SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • During SCI's Regular Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Mondays. This change reflects an effort to better provide the community with enhanced science programming, special events and facility features.

    There will be special occasions where SCI will be open on Mondays due to special holidays. Up-to-date information will be posted online and distributed via social media and e-newsletters.

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Tuesday November 24, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

  • Category: Program
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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 2:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 3:30 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Wednesday November 25, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

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  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:30 AMStar 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 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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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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Thursday November 26, 2015

  • Thanksgiving - SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • SCI will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Friday November 27, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

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  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:30 AMStar 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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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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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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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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Saturday November 28, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

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  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 10:30 AMStar 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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 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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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 1:30 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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  • 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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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 3:30 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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  • Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event
  • 5:00 PM 
  • Experience the Kick-Off-The-Holidays Effect at SCI! Join us at the Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event from 5:00 - 8:00 pm for:

    • FREE general admission including SCI's traveling exhibits - RACE: Are We So Different? and Geometry Playground
    • Holiday-themed live science programming and cart demonstrations
    • An electrifying tree lighting
    • Ornament decorating
    • A visit from Santa Claus
    • Cocoa and cookie decorating
    • Holiday fireworks

    Plus $5 admission to The Polar Express in IMAX! You and your family won't want to miss this fantastic event!

    SCI’s Spirit of the Season holiday events are presented by Nationwide.

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  • Fire Works
  • 5:30 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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 6:00 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
  • 6:30 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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 7:00 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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Sunday November 29, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Now Open!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • See schedule below for programs!

    The Star Theater planetarium features new Digistar 5 projectors and software following an electrical occurrence earlier this year. Additional upgrades still need to be made, including re-programming of the Cosmic Jukebox, so access is currently limited to shows facilitated by the SCI Programs Team. Use this calendar to view scheduled programs before your next visit.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 12:30 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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  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 1:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

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  • Fire Works
  • 1:30 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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  • 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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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 3:30 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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Monday November 30, 2015

  • SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • During SCI's Regular Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Mondays. This change reflects an effort to better provide the community with enhanced science programming, special events and facility features.

    There will be special occasions where SCI will be open on Mondays due to special holidays. Up-to-date information will be posted online and distributed via social media and e-newsletters.

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