Calendar

Jul
12
Fri
$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Jul
20
Sat
Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm – Midnight at Birdland Shelter 
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park 
    Mars, Jupiter, “Blue Moon”
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm – Midnight at Ewing Park 
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter 
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Aug
9
Fri
$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Aug
10
Sat
Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Aug 10 @ 10:00 pm

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm – Midnight at Birdland Shelter 
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park 
    Mars, Jupiter, “Blue Moon”
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm – Midnight at Ewing Park 
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter 
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Aug
23
Fri
SCI’s Big Blast @ Science Center of Iowa
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm

Support science learning – and have a blast – at the Science Center of Iowa’s annual fundraising event and auction.

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

SCI’s Big Blast

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 23, 2019 6:30-11:30 pm

This year, we’ll be “blasting off” as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing!

Sep
2
Mon
Des Moines Mini Maker Faire @ Science Center of Iowa
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am

Labor Day 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects and more. For all ages.

 

Sep
7
Sat
Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Sep 7 @ 8:30 pm

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm – Midnight at Birdland Shelter 
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park 
    Mars, Jupiter, “Blue Moon”
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm – Midnight at Ewing Park 
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter 
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Sep
13
Fri
$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Oct
5
Sat
Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm – Midnight at Birdland Shelter 
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park 
    Mars, Jupiter, “Blue Moon”
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm – Midnight at Ewing Park 
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter 
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Oct
11
Fri
$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Nov
8
Fri
$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Nov 8 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Nov
11
Mon
Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Nov 11 @ 8:00 pm

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm – Midnight at Birdland Shelter 
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park 
    Mars, Jupiter, “Blue Moon”
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm – Midnight at Ewing Park 
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter 
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Dec
13
Fri
$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Dec
14
Sat
Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm – Midnight at Birdland Shelter 
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park 
    Mars, Jupiter, “Blue Moon”
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park 
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm – Midnight at Ewing Park 
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter 
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.