Jan
21
Mon
MLK Day at SCI – Free Admission @ Science Center of Iowa
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am

Thanks to support from The Principal, general admission to the Science Center of Iowa will be FREE on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 21, 2019!

Jan
23
Wed
Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show! Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Jan
25
Fri
Overnight Adventure – Out of this World @ Science Center of Iowa
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm

Spend a night at the museum, and discover SCI after dark!

Experience the Science Center of Iowa after hours! Explore exhibits, see live science demonstrations and participate in hands-on challenges. When it’s time to snooze, roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of SCI.

Overnight Adventures are recommended for groups and families with children ages 6 to 12. One chaperone is required for every six children.

Cost: $36 per child, $18 per adult (includes overnight admission, a light evening snack, hot breakfast and admission to SCI for Saturday)

Upcoming Overnights:

  • January 25-26, 2019“Out of this World”
    Explore SCI after hours as we launch our countdown to the 50th anniversary of the moon landingSave $5 per child by registering before January 11! Registration closes Monday, January 21.

To register, contact the SCI Sales Office at sales@sciowa.org or 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

Jan
30
Wed
Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show! Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Feb
2
Sat
Sensory Friendly Hours @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 2 @ 8:30 am

Sensory Friendly Hours provide a quieter, less crowded SCI experience for families with children on the autism spectrum.

The Science Center of Iowa is an exciting place, bustling with sights and sounds… but one Saturday morning each month, we provide a quieter, less crowded visit for Sensory Friendly Hours!

Families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders will enjoy exploring the Science Center of Iowa with the help of Sensory Guide signage, which indicates audio, visual and activity stimuli.

Sensory Friendly Hours are the first Saturday of the month from 8:30–10:00 am, October through May.

Admission is free, and no advance tickets are required. Simply check in at the Box Office when you arrive!

 

Feb
6
Wed
Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show! Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission – PER PERSON – and Food Chain Cafe specials!

Feb
9
Sat
Girls in Science Festival @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am

Girls in Science Festival (All ages)  11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and math? Girls and families of all ages are invited to SCI’s Girls in Science Festival to explore a variety of careers in the “STEM Zones” and connect with female role models and mentors. Attendees also will be able to register for workshops conducted by scientists. The Girls in Science Festival is sponsored by Flint Hills Resources. Festival activities are included with SCI general admission.

 

Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Feb 9 @ 7:30 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.

Feb
13
Wed
Pint Size Science @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 13 @ 9:15 am

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are designed to reflect current brain research, which shows that academic learning is directly connected to emotion. Young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences, and Pint Size Science classes provide opportunities for young children and their parent or caregiver to learn together. Classes are led by SCI’s Science Learning Team and feature hands-on activities to spark curiosity an wonder through play.

Pint Size Science

This interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 3 to 5 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities.

Class Times: Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activites to engage young explorers ages 20 months to 3 in science topics.

Class Times: Toddler Edition classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

2018–2019 Schedule

New for 2018-2019: Classes are set-up as a three-month series related to the same topic. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged!

Classifying Creatures Series
Investigate real Iowa animals and what they need to survive. Learn about animal parts and how they can be sorted by their characteristics.

  • Session 1: September 12 & 15
  • Session 2: October 10 & 13
  • Session 3: November 14 & 17

Exploring Engineering Series
Explore 3-D shapes and how they fit together to create structures. Use LEGO to participate in design challenges and use different types of measurement tools.

  • Session 1: December 12 & 15
  • Session 2: January 9 & 12
  • Session 3: February 13 & 16

Bits and Bots Series
Discover cause and effect while learning about the fundamentals of programming. Be introduced to simple rovbotics and coding.

  • Session 1: March 13 & 16
  • Session 2: April 10 & 13
  • Session 3: May 8 & 11

Registration

Pint Size Science classes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged! Pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. To register or for more information, call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

Pricing (Includes SCI admission for one child and one adult on the day of your class.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 13 @ 9:15 am

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are designed to reflect current brain research, which shows that academic learning is directly connected to emotion. Young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences, and Pint Size Science classes provide opportunities for young children and their parent or caregiver to learn together. Classes are led by SCI’s Science Learning Team and feature hands-on activities to spark curiosity an wonder through play.

Pint Size Science

This interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 3 to 5 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities.

Class Times: Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activites to engage young explorers ages 20 months to 3 in science topics.

Class Times: Toddler Edition classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

2018–2019 Schedule

New for 2018-2019: Classes are set-up as a three-month series related to the same topic. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged!

Classifying Creatures Series
Investigate real Iowa animals and what they need to survive. Learn about animal parts and how they can be sorted by their characteristics.

  • Session 1: September 12 & 15
  • Session 2: October 10 & 13
  • Session 3: November 14 & 17

Exploring Engineering Series
Explore 3-D shapes and how they fit together to create structures. Use LEGO to participate in design challenges and use different types of measurement tools.

  • Session 1: December 12 & 15
  • Session 2: January 9 & 12
  • Session 3: February 13 & 16

Bits and Bots Series
Discover cause and effect while learning about the fundamentals of programming. Be introduced to simple rovbotics and coding.

  • Session 1: March 13 & 16
  • Session 2: April 10 & 13
  • Session 3: May 8 & 11

Registration

Pint Size Science classes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged! Pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. To register or for more information, call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

Pricing (Includes SCI admission for one child and one adult on the day of your class.

Pint Size Science @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 13 @ 10:30 am

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are designed to reflect current brain research, which shows that academic learning is directly connected to emotion. Young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences, and Pint Size Science classes provide opportunities for young children and their parent or caregiver to learn together. Classes are led by SCI’s Science Learning Team and feature hands-on activities to spark curiosity an wonder through play.

Pint Size Science

This interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 3 to 5 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities.

Class Times: Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activites to engage young explorers ages 20 months to 3 in science topics.

Class Times: Toddler Edition classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

2018–2019 Schedule

New for 2018-2019: Classes are set-up as a three-month series related to the same topic. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged!

Classifying Creatures Series
Investigate real Iowa animals and what they need to survive. Learn about animal parts and how they can be sorted by their characteristics.

  • Session 1: September 12 & 15
  • Session 2: October 10 & 13
  • Session 3: November 14 & 17

Exploring Engineering Series
Explore 3-D shapes and how they fit together to create structures. Use LEGO to participate in design challenges and use different types of measurement tools.

  • Session 1: December 12 & 15
  • Session 2: January 9 & 12
  • Session 3: February 13 & 16

Bits and Bots Series
Discover cause and effect while learning about the fundamentals of programming. Be introduced to simple rovbotics and coding.

  • Session 1: March 13 & 16
  • Session 2: April 10 & 13
  • Session 3: May 8 & 11

Registration

Pint Size Science classes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged! Pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. To register or for more information, call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

Pricing (Includes SCI admission for one child and one adult on the day of your class.

Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show! Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Feb
16
Sat
Pint Size Science @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 16 @ 9:15 am

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are designed to reflect current brain research, which shows that academic learning is directly connected to emotion. Young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences, and Pint Size Science classes provide opportunities for young children and their parent or caregiver to learn together. Classes are led by SCI’s Science Learning Team and feature hands-on activities to spark curiosity an wonder through play.

Pint Size Science

This interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 3 to 5 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities.

Class Times: Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activites to engage young explorers ages 20 months to 3 in science topics.

Class Times: Toddler Edition classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

2018–2019 Schedule

New for 2018-2019: Classes are set-up as a three-month series related to the same topic. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged!

Classifying Creatures Series
Investigate real Iowa animals and what they need to survive. Learn about animal parts and how they can be sorted by their characteristics.

  • Session 1: September 12 & 15
  • Session 2: October 10 & 13
  • Session 3: November 14 & 17

Exploring Engineering Series
Explore 3-D shapes and how they fit together to create structures. Use LEGO to participate in design challenges and use different types of measurement tools.

  • Session 1: December 12 & 15
  • Session 2: January 9 & 12
  • Session 3: February 13 & 16

Bits and Bots Series
Discover cause and effect while learning about the fundamentals of programming. Be introduced to simple rovbotics and coding.

  • Session 1: March 13 & 16
  • Session 2: April 10 & 13
  • Session 3: May 8 & 11

Registration

Pint Size Science classes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged! Pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. To register or for more information, call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

Pricing (Includes SCI admission for one child and one adult on the day of your class.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 16 @ 9:15 am

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are designed to reflect current brain research, which shows that academic learning is directly connected to emotion. Young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences, and Pint Size Science classes provide opportunities for young children and their parent or caregiver to learn together. Classes are led by SCI’s Science Learning Team and feature hands-on activities to spark curiosity an wonder through play.

Pint Size Science

This interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 3 to 5 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities.

Class Times: Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activites to engage young explorers ages 20 months to 3 in science topics.

Class Times: Toddler Edition classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

2018–2019 Schedule

New for 2018-2019: Classes are set-up as a three-month series related to the same topic. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged!

Classifying Creatures Series
Investigate real Iowa animals and what they need to survive. Learn about animal parts and how they can be sorted by their characteristics.

  • Session 1: September 12 & 15
  • Session 2: October 10 & 13
  • Session 3: November 14 & 17

Exploring Engineering Series
Explore 3-D shapes and how they fit together to create structures. Use LEGO to participate in design challenges and use different types of measurement tools.

  • Session 1: December 12 & 15
  • Session 2: January 9 & 12
  • Session 3: February 13 & 16

Bits and Bots Series
Discover cause and effect while learning about the fundamentals of programming. Be introduced to simple rovbotics and coding.

  • Session 1: March 13 & 16
  • Session 2: April 10 & 13
  • Session 3: May 8 & 11

Registration

Pint Size Science classes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged! Pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. To register or for more information, call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

Pricing (Includes SCI admission for one child and one adult on the day of your class.

Pint Size Science @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are designed to reflect current brain research, which shows that academic learning is directly connected to emotion. Young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences, and Pint Size Science classes provide opportunities for young children and their parent or caregiver to learn together. Classes are led by SCI’s Science Learning Team and feature hands-on activities to spark curiosity an wonder through play.

Pint Size Science

This interactive classroom experience offered September through May allows young explorers ages 3 to 5 to discover the world around them through fun, hands-on activities.

Class Times: Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

Toddler Edition classes use hands-on, sensory activites to engage young explorers ages 20 months to 3 in science topics.

Class Times: Toddler Edition classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 am. Classes last approximately 45 minutes. Registration opens August 6.

2018–2019 Schedule

New for 2018-2019: Classes are set-up as a three-month series related to the same topic. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged!

Classifying Creatures Series
Investigate real Iowa animals and what they need to survive. Learn about animal parts and how they can be sorted by their characteristics.

  • Session 1: September 12 & 15
  • Session 2: October 10 & 13
  • Session 3: November 14 & 17

Exploring Engineering Series
Explore 3-D shapes and how they fit together to create structures. Use LEGO to participate in design challenges and use different types of measurement tools.

  • Session 1: December 12 & 15
  • Session 2: January 9 & 12
  • Session 3: February 13 & 16

Bits and Bots Series
Discover cause and effect while learning about the fundamentals of programming. Be introduced to simple rovbotics and coding.

  • Session 1: March 13 & 16
  • Session 2: April 10 & 13
  • Session 3: May 8 & 11

Registration

Pint Size Science classes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration for all classes in a session is not required, though it is encouraged! Pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. To register or for more information, call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868.

Pricing (Includes SCI admission for one child and one adult on the day of your class.

Feb
20
Wed
Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show! Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Feb
27
Wed
Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show! Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Feb
28
Thu
Family STEM Institute @ Science Center of Iowa
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm

Lead your family in STEM learning!

The Science Center of Iowa’s Family STEM Institute helps parents lead their families in educational learning by incorporating science, technology, engineering and math into their daily lives.

Led by early childhood experts from the SCI Preschool, the classes are designed for parents with children ages 0 to 8, with some activities taking place together and some breakout activities for children and parents.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Classifying Creatures — Tuesday, December 4, 5:30–7:30 pm
    Invesitgate Iowa’s animals, and learn how you can turn small moments (like an encounter with an animal) into an exiting learning experience.
  • Exploring Engineering — Thursday, February 28, 5:30–7:30 pm
    This workshop is all about engineering!  Learn how you can use hands-on experiences – like playing 3-D shapes, building LEGO bricks and using measurement tools – to teach your child how to think like an engineer.
  • Bits & Bots — Tuesday, April 16, 5:30–7:30 pm
    Introduce your child to the fundamentals of programming, robotics and coding, and explore the ways you can incorporate bits and bots into your child’s daily life.

Registration: Registration for one adult and one child is $25 ($15 for SCI Members). Additional children or adults are $10 each. Children under 3 are free, and childcare is available.

Register by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

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Mar
2
Sat
Sensory Friendly Hours @ Science Center of Iowa
Mar 2 @ 8:30 am

Sensory Friendly Hours provide a quieter, less crowded SCI experience for families with children on the autism spectrum.

The Science Center of Iowa is an exciting place, bustling with sights and sounds… but one Saturday morning each month, we provide a quieter, less crowded visit for Sensory Friendly Hours!

Families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders will enjoy exploring the Science Center of Iowa with the help of Sensory Guide signage, which indicates audio, visual and activity stimuli.

Sensory Friendly Hours are the first Saturday of the month from 8:30–10:00 am, October through May.

Admission is free, and no advance tickets are required. Simply check in at the Box Office when you arrive!