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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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very well laid out

really full of very interesting science items laid out so you can understand how they work in laymans terms. this is well worth the visit as there is so much to see. you will like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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177 reviews 177 reviews
73 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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RHODE ISLAND
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101 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

really full of very interesting science items laid out so you can understand how they work in laymans terms. this is well worth the visit as there is so much to see. you will like this venue as they took a lot of time and effort to put on a good program. Anyone will have a good time from kids... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I have children from 16 to 6. The youngest one still enjoys the Science Center, but the rest don't even want to go. We usually are completely done in 1.5 hours so the admission fee feels pretty steep. IMax was extra and the movie was ok. Gift shop is fun, you do not need to pay entrance fee to shop... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Was great for our kids (ages 10 & 6) and they enjoyed the IMAXX theater. Not over priced but not cheap either once you get through the gift shop on the way out.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Two of us went - adults - and found out quickly that it's geared towards kids. We still had a good time, but it was a little boring for adults. Lesson learned :)

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Des Moines, Iowa
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484 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

They have an IMAX theater which is great. A decent gift shop. Regular exhibits as well as traveling exhibits. One of their most memorable traveling exhibits was Sue, the T-Rex. Great for the family.

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Olathe, Kansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was a great science center with lots of interactive activities for kids of all ages. They also have an IMAX theater (additional cost). We opted to do the space exploration movie. It was very educational. There is something for everyone here - dinosaurs, weather related, water feature, build paper rockets, John Deere, space, animals, etc. We attended a presentation... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great place to explore silence. Lots of hands on exhibits. More to do than you might think. We took 10 people and the cost was still very reasonable.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a great place to take your kids on a rainy afternoon. Great exhibits! My kids had a blast and didn't want to leave!

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Madrid, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I was impressed by the interactive space-related activities available for kids. Astronaut suits, a replica of the rover...The IMAX theatre is expensive but worth visiting at least once. Highly recommended.

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