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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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My kids always have fun

The kids love the hands on activities, the star theater and play area. We have had memberships that are great for going for a few hours especially on a raining day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The kids love the hands on activities, the star theater and play area. We have had memberships that are great for going for a few hours especially on a raining day.

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Johnston, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

There are only a few rooms of activities at the Science Center. And there is a lot of open space in the middle of it all. The kids think it's fun but we only go once a year. We visit other cities and go to their Science Centers and wonder why ours is so lame.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very nice place to spend the day with grandkids they have decent prices only thing that I wasn't please about was street parking otherwise fun place great staff

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We bought a membership again this year for the Science Center and need to use it more. Stopped in to watch the original Jurassic Park in the IMAX theater and kids really enjoyed the experience. Pretty neat and scary on the big screen! Spent an hour beforehand letting the kids play with the exhibits and look around. So much to... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Been there many times with the grandkids and they always enjoy it. We went in July and I actually though they would be to big (ages 11 and 13) and they enjoyed it just as much as they did when they were younger.

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waterloo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Not a lot of street parking near by. Prices are pretty good. The kids had a great time and we stayed several hours. The demonstrations and iMax are also worth seeing.

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Edward
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We have been to Science Centers in lots of places. This one offers a nice IMax and exhibits. Be sure and look at member pricing and offers for best deals

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HIGHLAND PARK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My wife and I cam specifically to see the planetarium show. On arrival we were told the facility was broken and there was no repair date. I asked to see the director and was told the director doesn't work weekends (when most of the visitors show up and parents bring their children to the science center). The IMAX theatre was... More 

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York, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Hours of unique fun for kids of all ages. The Imax was fun I loved the dome room. This place is a must see for parents looking to entertain children.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My two (almost three) year old could have stayed here all day I'm pretty sure. They have a fantastic offering of activities for anyone from probably age 2-8. Up to age 12 would probably have fun for an hour or so...anything beyond that, it's probably hit and miss (depending on their personality). Constructing lego cars to raise down a ramp... More 

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