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Science Center of Iowa

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Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: (515) 274-6868
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The kids had alot of fun

We took the kids to the Science center, they had alot for them to do and it was a blast. It was right in the center of downtown des moines the city is alot nicer from the last... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This should be top 3 in your itinerary!! I went with a 3 year old, 4 year old, husband, and senor citizens and I believe that ALL of them found it enjoyable. This is a suitable location to visit for a few hours (4-5) the kids especially loved the rocket launcher.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My nephew (7) loves coming here when he is in town. Lots of hands on for an energetic mischief maker. Unfortunately the exhibits do not change & there aren't as many as one might expect based on the size of the building. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to walk through the last time he was here, and frankly... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We went for the IMAX (saw the Lemur film), but stayed for lunch and some exploration. The film was great, with a fun and informative short on how the IMAX screen & surround sound works showing before the feature. The cafeteria was expensive, as cafeterias are; but the pizza was delicious. :-) I was impressed by the range of activities.... More 

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My husband and I drove 2 hours to check this place out and spend some time in Des Moines and boy was I disappointed. We went without kids and there wasn't much to see. Even if I had kids, I don't think we would have spent that much longer there. The place is pretty big, but nothing there. We probably... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Not worth visiting, unless you have small children. Everything is broken! There are no attractions that amuses the adult or older teens. Everything is for small children. They need to learn from the pro science centers like Phoenix. Place should be renamed as Des Moines Small Children Science Center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

We were here from 9:30-4:00. The planetarium was closed which was disappointing, but it was advertised as closed so we knew in advance. Lots of hands on things, even for a teenager. One issue: the 'programs' changed locations from what the daily program stated and we missed the one my son really wanted to see. Better communication there would be... More 

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Polk City, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

This science center is disappointing, things are often broken and the displays have been the same since the center opened. There was a time where they had no traveling display. The center is also very messy. It is a huge building with no surprises.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We took the kids to the Science center, they had alot for them to do and it was a blast. It was right in the center of downtown des moines the city is alot nicer from the last time I was here. Would def come again if the family comes again!

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Moline, Illinois
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We paid 20 dollars for my son and I to get in the science section only. We did not watch any movies. It took about 1.5 hours to complete the whole thing. My 6-year-old son was interested in the bubbles and playing with the fake fruits. I don't understand the reasons for all those snakes in the glasses to "represent"... More 

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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It's good but pretty quickly can be gone through. If it had the same approach like the science center in Omaha it would be better. It's a one and done type place.

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Address: Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: (515) 274-6868
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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