Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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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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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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!

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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.

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  • 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!

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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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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  • 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.

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Friday April 1, 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:00 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 3:00 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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  • 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!

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  • Mixology Night: Lie, Cheat & Steal
  • 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: Ade & the Soul Brothers

    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.

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Saturday April 2, 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Seven Wonders
  • 12:00 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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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 1:00 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 3:00 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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