Birthday Parties

Celebrate Like a Scientist at SCI!

SCI’s hands-on exhibits, special-format theaters and unique programming make birthday parties an unforgettable experience for children ages 4 through 12.

A standard SCI Birthday Party includes:

  • Admission to SCI's dynamic exhibits, where your guests can catch science in action in When Things Get Moving, explore Iowa's native habitats in What On Earth?, discover out-of-this-world science in Why the Sky? or imagine, experiment and play in Small Discovieries.
  • Access to a private party room for one hour so you can enjoy opening presents, having treats and other birthday fun. Room is pre-set with tablecloths, plates, cups and silverware. Setup and teardown is handled by SCI staff.
  • Three free parking passes to the SCI parking ramp.
  • Printable birthday invitations.

Other Party Options:

Themed Party
Customize your SCI Birthday Party party with a Space, Dinosaur or Crazy Chemistry theme. Themed Parties include all of the features of a Standard Party, plus themed decorations and VIP seating at a live science program relevant to your theme! 

Star Theater Movie Party
Party in the Star Theater — and watch one of your favorite flicks on the planetarium dome! Star Theater Movie Parties take place after SCI has closed to the public. Party decorations, including tablecloths, plates, cups and silverware, are provided. Must provide movie of your choice in DVD format at least a week prior to your party.

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Book your party!

SCI Birthday Parties are easy to plan and unforgettable for guests. To book your birthday party, contact the Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222 or email sales@sciowa.org.

  • SCI Birthday Parties and Themed Parties can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Party room availability varies by day. Contact the SCI Sales Office for more information.
  • Star Theater Movie Parties are availalble on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4:30–7:00 pm, excluding the first and second Fridays of each month.

Party Pricing

Pricing is for up to 20 guests. Additional guests are $5 per person.

Standard Party

  • SCI Member: $200
  • Non-member: $225

Themed Party

  • SCI Member: $250
  • Non-member: $275

Star Theater Movie Party

  • SCI Member: $350
  • Non-member: $400

Add-On Options

Contact us for information on these add-on options:

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Birthday Party FAQs

Please Note:

  • SCI Birthday Parties are available for explorers turning ages 4 to 12.
  • All parties should be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance; three weeks for themed parties.
  • All catering except the cake must be purchased from SCI's Food Chain Cafe.
  • No candles, helium balloons or tape on walls.

Contact the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.