Science Center of Iowa
This interactive science museum located in downtown Des Moines is full of hands-on programs and exhibits sure to inspire the next scientist or inventor. SCI’s many installations cover zoology, meteorology, astronomy and geology in a fun, engaging and educational way. Both kids and grown-ups will fit in here and there is no shortage of activities to fill up your afternoon.
There is an engineering station where you can build your own Air Rocket and see how far it launches, a dam-building project with water powering through it, a room with live turtles and snakes and there is even a fake newsroom where you can try your hand at being a weather anchor in front of a green screen. The Star Theater houses the digital planetarium experience included with the general admission ticket. The IMAX theatre is an impressive 216 seat theatre that will challenge your natural sensory perception with an immersive movie experience!