Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Saturday December 21, 2013

  • Discovery Days
  • All Day 
  • Join us for Discovery Days each month during Earth Explorers!

    During SCI's Discovery Days, you can learn what it means to be an explorer in your own backyard with new live programming, interactive activities with community partners and family workshops.

     Discovery Days will feature:

    • $5 Documentary IMAX films
    • Family Workshops, Saturday at 11:00 am and Sunday at 1:00 pm
    • New live programs

    Discovery Days are sponsored by Land Rover Des Moines.

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

    December 21-23..... 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    December 24..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    December 25..... CLOSED
    December 26-30..... 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    December 31..... 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Breakfast with Santa
  • 8:00 AMThe Food Chain Cafe
  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Breakfast with Santa is a yearly tradition at SCI that brings families and friends together for food, fun, science and Santa!

    • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal in the Food Chain Café, decked out especially for the season
    • Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list
    • Experience a journey on The Polar Express on Central Iowa’s only six-story IMAX dome screen
    • Explore SCI, see science demonstrations, live programs... and more!

    Reservations required. Tickets on sales soon!

    SCI’s Spirit of the Season holiday events are presented by Nationwide Insurance.

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 9:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA.

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  • Pint Sized Science: Rainforest Romp
  • 10:00 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers ages 3 to 5 and their families! This interactive classroom experience allows young explorers to discover the world around them through fun, hands on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver.

    December 4, 17 & 21 - Rainforest Romp - Discover one of the world's biggest and most incredible mysteries as we uncover life in the rainforest! Where are rainforests located? What animals live there? Find out all about this amazing ecosystem, the animals that live there and the amazing explorers who help us to understand it better.

    Pre-registration is required prior to each session. $8 SCI Members / $12 Non-members.
    To register or for more information, visit or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868 ext. 222.

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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.  This program and location is subject to change.

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  • Weekend Workshop: Science of Igloos
  • 11:00 AM 
  • Free with admission and open to member and non-member families alike, these workshops are a great way to add value to your SCI visit!

    The polar eco-zones are among the most inhospitable on Earth due to their extreme cold temperatures. How do Earth explorers manage to survive extended stays in such an environment? In this workshop, you'll find the answers as you build your own igloo and sample some of the nutrient-rich native foods that make survival in this extreme climate possible.

    Registration is encouraged: call the SCI Sales Office at (515) 274-6868 ext. 222 or register online.

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  • Bump in the Night
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Join a nighttime adventure in the Star Theater that uncovers what is behind the things that go bump in the night.

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  • Meet Stuffee: Germs Edition
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Diagnose why our large, soft sculpture doll isn't feeling well by investigating the world of germs.  This program and location is subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA.

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  • Engineering for Exploration
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Explorers must use innovative techniques and tools to meet the challenges of Earth exploration.  And as humans explore the Earth, we discover that our eco-zones are full of amazing examples of natural engineering.  In this program, discover the scientific principles that explain some of the engineering we see in nature and in the exploration of nature!

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  • Toys In Space
  • 4:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Are toys as much fun in microgravity? See how toys work on Earth and then watch real astronauts test them out in space to find out!

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  • Polar and PJs
  • 6:00 PMStar Theater
  • Great for families and young children, Polar and PJs is an opportunity to see The Polar Express in the Star Theater for just $5!

    Register online today or call the SCI Sales Office at (515) 274-6868 ext. 222.

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