Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Sunday August 20, 2017

  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 12:30 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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  • 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.

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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
  • 3:30 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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Monday August 21, 2017

  • Meet Stuffee
  • 9:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 10:30 AMJohn 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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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
  • 11:45 AM 
  • FREE EVENT!

    Join SCI and the Des Moines Astronomical Society to view the 2017 solar eclipse! Staff and volunteers will provide telescopes with solar filters for the public to safely view the eclipse.

    A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. We will view 95% obscuration in Des Moines at 1:08 pm. This is the first total solar eclipse from coast to coast in America in 99 years.

    The timeline for the solar eclipse viewing event is:

    11:45 am - Event starts as eclipse begins
    1:08 pm - Maximum obscuration
    2:45 pm - Event ends as eclipse concludes

    This event is in partnership with the Des Moines Astronomical Society.

    Location: Iowa State Capitol West Terrace, 1007 E. Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

    What to bring: Be sure to pack lawn chairs or blankets, snacks and plenty of water. If you have solar glasses or other safe viewing devices, be sure to bring those, too!

    Parking: Look for free parking in the parking garage on the corner of Grand and 7th. A map of parking locations for visitors can be found here. OR use the free D-Line downtown shuttle, which runs from Western Gateway Park to the Capitol every 10 minutes.

    Restrooms: Restrooms are available in the Capitol building.

    Weather Plan: The event will take place rain or shine unless there is severe weather. As an alternative, SCI will be showing a live stream from the path of totality from 11:00 am - 2:15 pm and offering $5 admission all day on Monday.

    Please note: SCI is completely sold out of soalr eclipse glasses AND all of the scheduled SOLARMAX documentary showings.

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

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

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  • 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.

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Tuesday August 22, 2017

  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 9:30 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
  • 10:00 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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  • Violent Universe
  • 10:30 AM 
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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Wednesday August 23, 2017

  • Flight Adventures
  • 9:30 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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 10:00 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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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 10:30 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.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:30 AMStar 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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  • 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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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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

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  • 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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  • Seven Wonders
  • 4:00 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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Thursday August 24, 2017

  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 9:30 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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  • Zap
  • 10:00 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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  • 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
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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

  • Category: Program
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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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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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  • 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
  • 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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Friday August 25, 2017

  • Annual Event Modified Hours
  • All Day 
  •  In preparation for our Annual Fundraising Event & Auction, SCI will close at 2:00 pm. Admission this day will be discounted to $5 Family Night pricing ($5 admission and $5 documentary IMAX films). The Food Chain Cafe will offer a limited menu.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 9:30 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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  • Zap
  • 10:00 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
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 10:30 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • SCI Annual Fundraising Event & Auction
  • 6:30 PM 
  • Support Lifelong Learning — Support SCI!

    One of the premier fundraising events in Des Moines, the SCI Annual Fundraising Event & Auction invites members of the community to eat, drink, dance and network. 

    With funds raised, SCI provides vast opportunities for more than 320,000 children, teens and adults to engage in science learning through interactive exhibits, live programming, IMAX films, special events, workshops and camps at SCI each year.

    Get Tickets

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Saturday August 26, 2017

  • Flight Adventures
  • 9:30 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 12:30 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
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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