Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Sunday January 3, 2016

  • Holiday Extended Hours
  • All Day 
  • Extended hours give you more time to explore SCI during the holidays!

    December 21..... 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 22..... 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 23..... 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 24..... 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 27..... 12:00-6:00 pm
    December 28-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    January 1..... 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    January 2..... 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    January 3..... 12:00-5:00 pm
    January 4..... 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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Monday January 4, 2016

  • Holiday Extended Hours
  • All Day 
  • Extended hours give you more time to explore SCI during the holidays!

    December 21..... 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 22..... 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 23..... 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 24..... 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Members-Only Hour, 9:00-10:00 am)
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 27..... 12:00-6:00 pm
    December 28-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    January 1..... 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    January 2..... 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    January 3..... 12:00-5:00 pm
    January 4..... 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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  • 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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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 1:00 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:30 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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Tuesday January 5, 2016

  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:30 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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Wednesday January 6, 2016

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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Thursday January 7, 2016

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:30 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
  • 3:30 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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  • Recognizing Race: Iowa's Diverse Demographics
  • 6:00 PM 
  • As a growing number of refugees and immigrants make the metro home, Des Moines institutions and organizations work every day to welcome and accommodate diverse communities. From Iowa’s education system to economic development initiatives to regional planning, community engagement professionals support diversity and inclusion within the state’s existing systems as they invite Iowans to celebrate culture and difference.

    Four professionals will share their experiences working with Des Moines’ diverse communities and how they strive to create cultural understanding across local ethnic populations.

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Friday January 8, 2016

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 5:30 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 6:30 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Saturday January 9, 2016

  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • 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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 12:30 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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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 1:30 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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  • 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
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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