Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Friday March 11, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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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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  • Flight Adventures
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • A young girl and her grandfather come together to achieve sky-high dreams in this multi-media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics!

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • 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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  • 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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  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Discover how international teams are attempting to be the first to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon as they compete for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. 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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  • 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.

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  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

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  • $5 Family Night
  • 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! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm! If you need to refuel, enjoy our Food Chain Cafe through 7:30 pm.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 6:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Recognizing Race: A Stacked System
  • 6:00 PM 
  • The psychology and sociology of race inform our everyday lives in complex, often subtle ways, fueling prejudices and snap judgments of which we may not even be aware. Systems create order in our society but can likewise perpetuate deeply rooted cultural problems, including institutionalized racism. Trends in healthcare, crime and incarceration illustrate the pitfalls of established systems and the damaging attitudes they can unintentionally preserve.

    Join psychology, sociology and education professionals for a thought-provoking discussion on institutionalized racism and how they’re working to combat it from inside the system through education and prevention.

    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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  • 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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