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Science Center of Iowa

401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 274-6868
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Ranked #13 of 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Science Museums
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Grimes, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had attended the Science Center through the years, but it didn't hold our kids attention long enough. We thought it was too expensive for a family activity for the regular exhibits. They just held their first Mini Maker Faire, we used a GroupOn coupon, so it was 1/2 off admission, that was worth the price. Many more rooms were... More

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Donaldsonville, Louisiana
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Saw a lot of original ideas. A lot of hands on stuff for kids. It was a little crowded. There was an awesome laser light show and Lego activities.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We all learned something and had a great time. It is very informative and an amazing time for kids and parents to have together.

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Bakersfield, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had a good afternoon here, even kept the teenagers interest. The IMAX movie was my first and very cool. I would have thought that they would have more exhibits because they did not lack space. And the parking situation could be improved.

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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96 reviews 96 reviews
51 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

As our children are getting older (ages 8 & 9) we have started relying more on Science Centers and less on Children's Museums as a form of hands on fun and education. This facility was large and many exhibits looked brand new so we were initially excited when we walked in. But sadly, it seemed that in about 1 hour... More

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Hull, Iowa, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We enjoyed our time doing "science-y" things and learning more about the experiments, interactive stations and watching the movie one the big screen. There is something there to entertain almost everyone.

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Marion, Iowa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is by far one of the best science centers I have been to. I would recommend you have at least 3 hours. The cost is $11.00 for adults and children 2 to 12 and under are $7.00. You have to pay for parking and it runs $3.00 for the first hour and then $1.00 each additional hour OR if... More

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Williamsburg, Iowa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was the last stop on our weeklong vacation. It surpassed my expectations. The interactive exhibits were fun and interesting to the kids. They were learning and having fun at the same time. It was not crowded so they could take their time and tweak their projects and try different things. Another thing we really liked was the events during... More

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Northville, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We went here as we were visiting for a week while my husband worked in Des Moines. We came on a Monday because I saw on their website that they have story time at 10:30am. The story time was fun, as the gal read a few books on the screen & all around the rest of the wall/ceiling was scenes... More

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Exhibits and activities get changed several times a year. I like that SCI meets the educational needs of toddlers. The small discoveries space is great and not very busy during the week.

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