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Small but fun, Beware: PARKING is NON-EXISTENT on Saturday mornings

We went to the parking garage across the science center to park since that is where the website... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Amanda B
Iola, Kansas
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Great place to visit, doesn’t change frequebtky

We’ve been SCI members for 5 years. With 5 kids, it’s the only way to go. And we love the... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Pella, Iowa
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

My husband and I held our wedding reception at SCI in early October and loved the venue--we've been getting rave reviews from our guests ever since! The events team was great to work with and were very communicative and helpful throughout the whole process. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Took our 2 year old there for a fun morning. There was plenty to do for him and it was so interactive. I think it would be appropriate for probably up to age 9

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Lots to see and do. So nice that the kids can keep doing the action exhibits in the room upstairs for what seems like hours giving a break from ‘leashing’ the kids while still being educational. Great for the whole family!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Our 5 year old daughter had fun but the older children seemed a little bored. In general, the activities are attractive but they’re nothing more than any other science museum offers. We were disappointed to find out that IMAX had been closed for two months...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank tosiapuccini
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This is a great place for adults and children to get hands on experience in science. The egg drop was great along with the making of a rocket out of paper and shooting it to see how far it would go. We attended most of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We went to the parking garage across the science center to park since that is where the website said to park. It was full, as was every parking area around the area. I guess there is a farmers market on Saturday mornings from 9-12, which...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

We are a family with 2 adults and 2 children. We had and unexpected afternoon in Des Moines and decided to go to the Science Center of Iowa. We were pleasantly surprised with SCI. Our kids are 7 and 4 and we spent about 3...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Zenithcitybrooke
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

The place is small but amazing. It’s a place where you can find some interesting activities and lear about the space and science

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We’ve been SCI members for 5 years. With 5 kids, it’s the only way to go. And we love the science center, especially the Bubble Bay and the Rocket Blast. But exhibits don’t change often, so it’s difficult to see how we’ll keep this membership...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank littlebirdy2303
Reviewed 20 June 2018

My grandkids had a wonderful time doing and looking at different things. The feeding of the turtles, making paper rockets and gauging distance they could achieve, looking at a giant biosphere, etc. We had a good time at the Imax watching the pandas. This is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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2 March 2018|
Response from Guitarjess |
I would not eat lunch there, I would walk to the spaghetti works which is about a block away. I figure about two hours per visit, unless you’re adding a movie then maybe three hours.
4 December 2016|
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Response from Momx10 | Reviewed this property |
The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for kids 2-12, and $8 for seniors. There is an additional cost to see the IMAX movies, but we were very busy and entertained by all of the included events, shows, and regular science movies... More
31 May 2016|
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Response from Sean N | Reviewed this property |
We have spent an entire day there. There are plenty of things to keep you busy there. 3-5 hours would be more than enough time to do the egg drop, play in the water ways, make and shoot your rocket or see one of the live... More