Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

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Facility:Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Description:From the inner workings of the human body to the outer reaches of the solar system, science surrounds you with dynamic live programs and hands-on interactive exhibits that will inspire the curiosity in us all. Interact, experiment and explore and see what you and science can do!
Address 1:401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Address 2:
City:Des Moines
Zip Code:50309
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Telephone:(515) 274-6868
Website:Visit Website
Kristen Borseth, Co-op Member
Fun interactive museum. They have live reptiles on display, a weather station (where a local TV station sometimes does their weather report from), a planetarium and a traveling display (when we were there it was about germs and the body). Also, the IMAX is a great experience.
Ann R, Co-op Member
This is a really nice science center for a wide variety of ages. It has hands on activities for the toddlers thru early teens.
It has a wide variety of themed rooms including: space/weather, natural environment (with snake and other reptiles), physics area, bubble room, lego races, rocket making station, and various ball mazes that the kids construct.
It's a large facility that never seemed crowded despite the amount of people that were there.
My kid's favorite areas were the rocket launch area where you construct your own paper rocket and launch it up to 50 ft. Another favorite area was the lego car races where you made your own lego car and raced it on a timed track. The last favorite area was the physics room where air pushed up a ball and kept it floating.
My kids age 5,8, and 11 all enjoyed themselves for over 2 hours. We've been here 2 times so far.
Laura M., Co-op Member
This is a good deal if you have the Science Center pass (or a reciprocal pass).

I like it that this museum is well-laid out for family fun. I can interact with the younger ones and keep an eye on the entrance to each section and not loose any children. Some science centers are set up like mazes or a continuous walk but this one is more set up as "rooms".

We like the "Star Theater" where we can learn about the stars, watch some educational video about the planets or history... (and sit and relax a little while). It is free.

My children, ages 2-15, all enjoy going to the Science Center.

We haven't gone to the IMAX there.
Diane Nelson, Co-op Member
The Science Center of Iowa has always been a great place for our Homeschool Assistance Program students to head for a field trip. Recently we spent a morning there touring the Science Center on our own, viewing the terrific Human Body IMAX, and getting to be on the WHO TV13 noon news along with the station's meteorologist.

The Science Center offers many educational programs that need to be scheduled a few weeks in advance.
Mindy, Co-op Member
This is a great place for all ages of kids. It's very hands on and educational. Great for a family trip or a homeschooling field trip. The only downside is it always very busy and it seems as a free daycare for parents.
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