Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

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

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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

    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.

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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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  • 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.

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