Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Tuesday March 1, 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • 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
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • 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
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 3:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 3:30 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

Wednesday March 2, 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

  • Back to top
  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:00 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
  • 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
  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:00 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.

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top

Thursday March 3, 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 11:00 AMStar 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 3:30 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

Friday March 4, 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

  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • 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
  • 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
  • Violent Universe
  • 3:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Mixology Night: 21st Century Gaming
  • 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.

    THIS MONTH:
    • Live music: Surf Zombies

    General admission is $5; FREE for SCI Members!

    A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top

Saturday March 5, 2016

  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:00 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
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:00 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
  • Flight Adventures
  • 11:30 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 12:00 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
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Zap
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Sunday March 6, 2016

  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 10:00 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
  • Back to top
  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:30 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
  • 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
  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top

Monday March 7, 2016

  • 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
  • Back to top

Tuesday March 8, 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:00 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
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 2:00 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.

  • 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
  • Violent Universe
  • 3:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 3:30 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
  • Cafe Scientifique - Media in the Metro: A Tale of Two Cities
  • 5:30 PM 
  • POSTPONED: Due to illness, the speaker has requested to POSTPONE this event. We will update with a new date as soon as it is determined. Sorry for the inconvenience!

     

    Presenter: Lawrence Cunningham, Iowa State Daily General Manager

    Local news organizations guide public perception of the community, sharing the latest “Best Of” accolade and No. 1 ranking — alongside stories of racism that ultimately fracture the city’s diverse demographics. This dichotomy of balancing news and representing diverse populations has shaped the role of media outlets, especially as they adapt to today’s evolving social and business climates.

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top

Wednesday March 9, 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

  • Back to top
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 11:00 AMStar 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top

Thursday March 10, 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Violent Universe
  • 3:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 3:30 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

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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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!

  • Back to top
  • $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.

  • Category: Family Night
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Saturday March 12, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:00 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
  • Seven Wonders
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top
  • Zap
  • 12:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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

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

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 2:30 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.

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

  • 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
  • Back to top

Sunday March 13, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • STAR SHOW
  • 12:00 PMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

  • Category: Special Events
  • 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
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:00 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
  • Flight Adventures
  • 1:30 PMStar 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:30 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
  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 3:00 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
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top

Monday March 14, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:00 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
  • Pi Day
  • 11:00 AM 
  • 3.141592653… Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed on 3/14, since 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi in decimal form.

    Join us to celebrate with activities, including:

    • “Pie-plosion” – Close out the celebration with an enormous (clean) “pie” explosion at 3:14 PM!

    • Pi Demos – Engage in several different hands on pi themed demonstrations and activities!

    • Length of Pi – Participate in our goal of writing as many digits of pi as possible with a color-coded paper chain
  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 11:30 AMStar 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
  • 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
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:30 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
  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 2:00 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.

  • 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
  • "PIE-PLOSION"
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Witness the “clean” explosion of a gigantic cherry pie right at 3:14 PM in Founders Hall!

  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 3:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 3:30 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

Tuesday March 15, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Flight Adventures
  • 10:30 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:00 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
  • Back to top
  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • Violent Universe
  • 3:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 3:30 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

Wednesday March 16, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 10:30 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
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:00 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
  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • 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
  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 1:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:30 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
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 3:30 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Thursday March 17, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:00 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
  • Back to top
  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Violent Universe
  • 2:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:30 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
  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 3:00 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
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top

Friday March 18, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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!

  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 3:30 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

Saturday March 19, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 12:00 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
  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 1:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:30 PMFounders Hall
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Zap
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Violent Universe
  • 3:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Star Party at Ewing Park
  • 8:00 PM 
  • Location: Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

    Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.

    This event is held in partnership with the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top

Sunday March 20, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:30 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
  • Fire Works
  • 3:30 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
  • Back to top

Monday March 21, 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!

  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top
  • Flight Adventures
  • 10:30 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Zap
  • 11:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Back to top

Tuesday March 22, 2016

  • 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
  • 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
  • Seven Wonders
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

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

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Wednesday March 23, 2016

  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • 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
  • 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
  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:00 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 3:30 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Thursday March 24, 2016

  • Flight Adventures
  • 10:30 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Violent Universe
  • 1:30 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • 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
  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top

Friday March 25, 2016

  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

  • 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
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 1:00 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Back to top
  • Fire Works
  • 3:30 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

Saturday March 26, 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 12:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 1:00 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:30 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
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • Back to top
  • 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
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • 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
  • Back to top

Sunday March 27, 2016

  • Easter Holiday - SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • The Science Center of Iowa will be closed today for the Easter holiday. SCI will reopen Tuesday, April 29 at 10:00 am.

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
  • Back to top

Monday March 28, 2016

  • 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
  • Back to top

Tuesday March 29, 2016

  • What On Earth? Closed
  • All Day 
  • SCI's What On Earth? experience platform will be closed for the installation of a new mini exhibit! Follow SCI on social media for updates and sneak peeks.

  • Back to top
  • Flight Adventures
  • 10:30 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:00 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
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

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

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • 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
  • Back to top

Wednesday March 30, 2016

  • What On Earth? Closed
  • All Day 
  • SCI's What On Earth? experience platform will be closed for the installation of a new mini exhibit! Follow SCI on social media for updates and sneak peeks.

  • Back to top
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • 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.

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

  • Category: Program
  • 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
  • Violent Universe
  • 3:30 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top

Thursday March 31, 2016

  • What On Earth? Closed
  • All Day 
  • SCI's What On Earth? experience platform will be closed for the installation of a new mini exhibit! Follow SCI on social media for updates and sneak peeks.

  • Back to top
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:30 PMFounders Hall
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Seven Wonders
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

  • 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
  • Back to top
  • Tough Talk on the Data of Race
  • 7:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Forum discussion: 7:00-9:00 pm
    Exhibit open for discounted rate: 6:00-7:00 pm

    Join us for a quality discussion on the data of race as we tackle issues that are addressed both in the RACE exhibit and in this new series of public forums. Hear from an expert from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. (Jens Manuel Krogstad Ortiz) and other partners. Come ready to dive into some of the latest racial data and for open, honest conversation with your fellow Iowans. 

    The free forum begins at 7:00 pm, and the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit will be open and available to view for a special discounted rate ($9) prior to the forum. Please allow at least an hour. Heavy hors d'oeuvres also will be served between 6:00 and 7:00 pm.

    This event is a collaboration between The Des Moines Register and Drake University.

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Special Events
  • Back to top