Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa

401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA

The Science Center of Iowa is an ideal place to stop and play for at least several hours. There are shows and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day, no matter how high the attendance, which is nice on uncrowded weekdays. Visit the IMAX theater as well (currently showing Avatar) and the star theater for night sky demonstrations. From the official website: “Live programs and hands-on activities encourage you to touch, play, discover and experiment. Explore a cave, blow a bubble, or create your own planetarium show in dynamic experience platforms. These themed spaces are the heart of the facility, each offering participants the opportunity to explore their curiosities and engage their interests in topics ranging from the inner workings of the human body to the outer reaches of the solar system.” Read more reviews of the Science Center of Iowa.

Date last visited: February 2010

Distance off the interstate: Just a few minutes off I-235.

Hours and Admission Prices: The science center’s hours differ from the IMAX Dome hours.

Bathrooms: Several located within the building.

Food Services: The Food Chain Cafe is located within the museum, and is pretty reasonably priced.


Directions: Take Exit I-235 on Martin Luther King Parkway. Turn East onto W. Martin Luther King Parkway, then turn North onto 5th Street. Turn East onto Market Street to the SCI Entrance.

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Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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