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Science Center of Iowa

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401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
+1 515-274-6868
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Good afternoon activity for kids.

My grandkids had a wonderful time doing and looking at different things. The feeding of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carolina G
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Full Day of Fun for Everyone

There are so many things to do that are fun for children of all ages. Even adults can have fun... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BDKMK
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Des Moines, Iowa
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“imax theater” (22 reviews)
“egg drop” (10 reviews)
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401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
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+1 515-274-6868
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"hands on activities"
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"all ages"
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"older kids"
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"star theater"
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"pre teens"
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"living history farms"
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"interactive things to do"
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"great place for kids"
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"kids love"
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"great exhibits"
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"few hours"
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"blank park zoo"
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"rockets"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My grandkids had a wonderful time doing and looking at different things. The feeding of the turtles, making paper rockets and gauging distance they could achieve, looking at a giant biosphere, etc. We had a good time at the Imax watching the pandas. This is...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

There are so many things to do that are fun for children of all ages. Even adults can have fun with the displays. This is a great place to go any time of the year. The surround screen movies are great too.

Thank BDKMK
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We are members at the science center of Iowa, and joined primarily to get free entrance into museums in other cities such as Chicago and Denver. However we occasionally visit this location to check out the exhibits that change from time to time. The dinosaur...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

We visited the Science Center with our two kids, ages 7 and 8. We planned to be there for about 2 hours. We stayed for 3 hours and would have stayed longer if it wasn't closing time. The fireworks session was a favorite!

1  Thank Jen K
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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

We have been here several times this summer. Friendly staff. Clean. Many screaming kids. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 3/5 this last visit. They have issues with the starlight theater planetarium at times. Our pass gives us ample time to spend here. The kids LOVE the...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This wasn’t a planned stop on our trip but I am so glad we gave it a try. My three year old loves dinosaurs and the Science Center delivered! He was mesmerized. I also enjoyed how large and spread out the exhibits were, plenty of...More

Thank Katherine C
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

We visited here on a frigid -23 F day and thought it would be overcrowded, but the center is so large that this was not a problem. Wide range of activities for all ages, and there were so many favorites that we will keep going...More

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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

My children and grandchildren and I spent an afternoon here over the Christmas holiday. It was a very busy place which, to me, meant it was popular for families. Granted, it seemed to be directed mainly at children but the adults in our group loved...More

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Reviewed November 13, 2017

The children's rooms were very fun for my 3-yr old grandson. We took him there to see the dinosaurs, but was more interested in the fruits and vegetable play area and the giant bubbles.

1  Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

We have been here several times this summer. Friendly staff. Clean. Many screaming kids. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 3/5 this last visit. They have issues with the starlight theater planetarium at times. Our pass gives us ample time to spend here. The kids LOVE the...More

1  Thank init4keeps
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Linda G
March 1, 2018|
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Response from Guitarjess |
I would not eat lunch there, I would walk to the spaghetti works which is about a block away. I figure about two hours per visit, unless you’re adding a movie then maybe three hours.
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Eiofarmgirl
December 3, 2016|
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Response from Momx10 | Reviewed this property |
The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for kids 2-12, and $8 for seniors. There is an additional cost to see the IMAX movies, but we were very busy and entertained by all of the included events, shows, and regular science movies... More
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rubypeanut
May 30, 2016|
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Response from cpyke48 | Reviewed this property |
We have spent an entire day there. There are plenty of things to keep you busy there. 3-5 hours would be more than enough time to do the egg drop, play in the water ways, make and shoot your rocket or see one of the live... More
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