Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Friday December 1, 2017

  • School/Group Traffic: HIGH
  • All Day 
  • Note to SCI Visitors: During the spring, SCI sees increased school group attendance, which could impact your visit. Today's school group traffic is expected to be HIGH. To avoid these goups, plan your visit later in the day! Schools typcially depart the building by 2:00 pm.

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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 10:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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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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  • Seven Wonders
  • 1:00 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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  • 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 PMWhat on Earth?
  • 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
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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  • Mixology Night
  • 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. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming!

    Admission:
    General admission is $7; free for SCI Members
    A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.

    Event Schedule:

    5:30 pm – Cash bar opens

    6:00 pm – Music Begins

    7:00 pm – Live Science Program

    9:00 pm – SCI closes

    Visit sciowa.org/mixology for more details!

    Bands and themes coming soon!

  • Category: Mixology Night (21+)
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Saturday December 2, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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 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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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

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  • Fire Works
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:30 PMJohn 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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  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 4:00 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.

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Sunday December 3, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 12:30 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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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

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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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Monday December 4, 2017

  • 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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  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Tuesday December 5, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:30 PMJohn 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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  • 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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Wednesday December 6, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Dino Story Time
  • 10:30 AMSmall Discoveries
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun dinosaur themed stories.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Violent Universe
  • 11:30 AM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

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

  • Category: Program
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  • 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.

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

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • 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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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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Thursday December 7, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • 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!

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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.

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

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

  • Category: Program
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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:30 PMJohn 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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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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Friday December 8, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 10:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • 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
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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.

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

  • Category: Program
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  • Seven Wonders
  • 1:00 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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  • $5 Family Night
  • 5:00 PM 
  • The second Friday of each month from 5:00-8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm! If you need to refuel, enjoy our Food Chain Cafe through 7:30 pm.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 6:00 PMJohn 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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  • Fire Works
  • 7:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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Saturday December 9, 2017

  • FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier
  • All Day 
  • Saturday, December 9, SCI will once again host the Regional Qualifier for FIRST LEGO League (FLL). FLL is a robotics program for 9- to 14-year-olds designed to generate excitement towards STEM fields.

    In this year's challenge, "Hydro Dynamics," FLL teams will build, test and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions.

    Come cheer on these amazing teams as they compete to move on to the Iowa FLL Championships at Iowa State University in January!

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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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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  • Fire Works
  • 11:30 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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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

  • Category: Program
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  • 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
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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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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 4:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Star Party at Ewing Park
  • 10:00 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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Sunday December 10, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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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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  • 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 December 11, 2017

  • 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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  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Tuesday December 12, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • 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
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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.

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

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

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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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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  • 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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  • Cafe Scientifique
  • 5:30 PM 
  • On the second Tuesday of the month, SCI invites the community to join the conversation over cocktails and coffee! Café Scientifique features cutting edge, adult-oriented science forums with leaders in science and technology.

    Presentations are FREE for all ages. No prior subject knowledge is necessary to attend - just an interest in the topic at hand! For more information, visit www.sciowa.org/cafesci.

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Wednesday December 13, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition
  • 9:00 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers.

    Pint Size Science classes are offered for two age groups of younger explorers! 

    • Pint Size Science (ages 4-6)
      Led by an SCI Programs Team member, this interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 4 to 6 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am. On Saturdays, a members-only class is offered at 9:00 am.
    • Toddler Edition (ages 22 months - 3 years)
      Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activities to engage young explorers ages 22 months - 3 years in science topics. Classes are taught by accredited teachers from the SCI Preschool and are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 am.


    Pre-registration is required by the Friday prior to each session. $10 SCI Members / $19 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

  • Category: Pint Size Science
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  • Dino Story Time
  • 10:30 AMSmall Discoveries
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun dinosaur themed stories.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Pint Size Science
  • 11:00 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers.

    Pint Size Science classes are offered for two age groups of younger explorers! 

    • Pint Size Science (ages 4-6)
      Led by an SCI Programs Team member, this interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 4 to 6 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am. On Saturdays, a members-only class is offered at 9:00 am.
    • Toddler Edition (ages 22 months - 3 years)
      Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activities to engage young explorers ages 22 months - 3 years in science topics. Classes are taught by accredited teachers from the SCI Preschool and are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 am.


    Pre-registration is required by the Friday prior to each session. $10 SCI Members / $19 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

  • Category: Pint Size Science
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:30 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 4:00 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
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Thursday December 14, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • 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 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
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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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Zap
  • 1:30 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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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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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.

  • Category: Program
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Friday December 15, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 10:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • 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
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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.

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

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

  • Category: Program
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  • 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
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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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Saturday December 16, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Breakfast with Santa
  • 8:00 AMThe Food Chain Cafe
  • Food, fun, science and Santa! It’s a holiday tradition at SCI. Gather the family and reserve your table today for Breakfast with Santa, where you will:

    • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal
    • Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list
    • Catch The Polar Express in the Star Theater planetarium (Free screening is limited to 100 people. Details below.)
    • Explore SCI, see science demonstrations, live programs... and more!

    Tickets go on sale Monday, November 13, at 9:00 am.

    Additional details and pricing at www.sciowa.org/breakfastwithsanta

    The Polar Express: Due to limited seating, RSVP for the free screening of The Polar Express in the Star Theater planetarium is required and limited to the first 100 people to purchase tickets.

  • Category: Special Events
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  • Pint Size Science
  • 9:00 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers.

    Pint Size Science classes are offered for two age groups of younger explorers! 

    • Pint Size Science (ages 4-6)
      Led by an SCI Programs Team member, this interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 4 to 6 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am. On Saturdays, a members-only class is offered at 9:00 am.
    • Toddler Edition (ages 22 months - 3 years)
      Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activities to engage young explorers ages 22 months - 3 years in science topics. Classes are taught by accredited teachers from the SCI Preschool and are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 am.


    Pre-registration is required by the Friday prior to each session. $10 SCI Members / $19 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

  • Category: Pint Size Science
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • Pint Size Science
  • 11:00 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers.

    Pint Size Science classes are offered for two age groups of younger explorers! 

    • Pint Size Science (ages 4-6)
      Led by an SCI Programs Team member, this interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 4 to 6 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am. On Saturdays, a members-only class is offered at 9:00 am.
    • Toddler Edition (ages 22 months - 3 years)
      Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activities to engage young explorers ages 22 months - 3 years in science topics. Classes are taught by accredited teachers from the SCI Preschool and are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 am.


    Pre-registration is required by the Friday prior to each session. $10 SCI Members / $19 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

  • Category: Pint Size Science
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  • Fire Works
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

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  • Zap
  • 1:30 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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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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  • 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
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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!

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 4:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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Sunday December 17, 2017

  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Breakfast with Santa
  • 10:00 AMThe Food Chain Cafe
  • Food, fun, science and Santa! It’s a holiday tradition at SCI. Gather the family and reserve your table today for Breakfast with Santa, where you will:

    • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal
    • Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list
    • Catch The Polar Express in the Star Theater planetarium (Free screening is limited to 100 people. Details below.)
    • Explore SCI, see science demonstrations, live programs... and more!

    Tickets go on sale Monday, November 13, at 9:00 am.

    Additional details and pricing at www.sciowa.org/breakfastwithsanta

    The Polar Express: Due to limited seating, RSVP for the free screening of The Polar Express in the Star Theater planetarium is required and limited to the first 100 people to purchase tickets.

  • Category: Special Events
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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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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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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Monday December 18, 2017

  • 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
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Tuesday December 19, 2017

  • School/Group Traffic: LOW
  • All Day 
  • Note to SCI Visitors: During the spring, SCI sees increased school group attendance, which could impact your visit. Today's school group traffic is expected to be LOW. To avoid these goups, plan your visit later in the day! Schools typcially depart the building by 2:00 pm.

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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

  • Category: Program
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  • 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
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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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • 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
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Wednesday December 20, 2017

  • School/Group Traffic: LOW
  • All Day 
  • Note to SCI Visitors: During the spring, SCI sees increased school group attendance, which could impact your visit. Today's school group traffic is expected to be LOW. To avoid these goups, plan your visit later in the day! Schools typcially depart the building by 2:00 pm.

  • Back to top
  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Dino Story Time
  • 10:30 AMSmall Discoveries
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun dinosaur themed stories.

  • Back to top
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

  • Category: Program
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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 4:00 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
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Thursday December 21, 2017

  • School/Group Traffic: MODERATE
  • All Day 
  • Note to SCI Visitors: During the spring, SCI sees increased school group attendance, which could impact your visit. Today's school group traffic is expected to be MODERATE. To avoid these goups, plan your visit later in the day! Schools typcially depart the building by 2:00 pm.

  • Back to top
  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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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  • 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
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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.

  • 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
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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

  • Back to top
  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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Friday December 22, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • School/Group Traffic: LOW
  • All Day 
  • Note to SCI Visitors: During the spring, SCI sees increased school group attendance, which could impact your visit. Today's school group traffic is expected to be LOW. To avoid these goups, plan your visit later in the day! Schools typcially depart the building by 2:00 pm.

  • Back to top
  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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  • 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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 10:30 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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  • 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.

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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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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  • 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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  • 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 PMWhat on Earth?
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 4:30 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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Saturday December 23, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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
  • 11:30 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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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

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  • Zap
  • 1:30 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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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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  • 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.

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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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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 4:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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Sunday December 24, 2017

  • Christmas - SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • SCI will be closed for the Christmas holiday.

  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Monday December 25, 2017

  • Christmas - SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • SCI will be closed for the Christmas holiday.

  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Tuesday December 26, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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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Wednesday December 27, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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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  • 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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Thursday December 28, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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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Friday December 29, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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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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  • 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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Saturday December 30, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Category: Program
  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at www.sciowa.org/dinosaurs

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Sunday December 31, 2017

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

    December 22..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 23..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 24..... CLOSED
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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  • Noon Year's Eve
  • 9:00 AM 
  • Why should adults have all the fun ringing in the New Year at midnight? Bring the whole family to SCI to celebrate the New Year 12 hours early!

    Activities from 9:00 am - noon include:

    • Face painting
    • Balloon twisting
    • A magician
    • Of course, a massive balloon drop as we count down to 2018 at 12:00 noon!

    Noon Year's Eve activities are included with general admission - always free for SCI members!

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