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Science Center of Iowa

401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
+1 515-274-6868
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Great Place to Take Your Kids

I love a good science museum and have been to a number of them, but this is a real gem. Kids were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David M
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Family day

The 2nd Friday of the month is family day with $5 admission to the museum or $5 admission to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“imax theater” (19 reviews)
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401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
+1 515-274-6868
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love a good science museum and have been to a number of them, but this is a real gem. Kids were everywhere doing hands-on things. Very educational, entertaining, and a safe environment. The I-Max has several shows from which to choose every hour. The...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 2nd Friday of the month is family day with $5 admission to the museum or $5 admission to the Imax theater. I choose the movie and $5 is less than a matinee at a regular theater. Great deal!

Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are some really solid exhibits for kids, plenty of hands on activities. Even though this place is clearly geared towards kids, adults can find some enjoyment for special showings of movies in IMAX theater. Have to pay for parking which I think should be...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to learn something new; or feel smart or not so smart, the Science Center is for you. After your science fun, take in an IMAX movie.

Thank jlsixtyeight
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were here on a Thursday and there were many kids from buses here as well. I bought the grandparents' pass, so we can go when we want. The pros are the IMAX theater, the presentations, the starlight theater and the various activities for kids....More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We used our ASTC reciprocal pass, and still had to pay for one child. There are some great exhibits in the museum, especially on the second floor where you can create your own air rocket (and launch it) as build cars out of legos and...More

Thank TLH_mom_of_3
Reviewed 4 June 2017

SC of I could do with little lowering of its prices otherwise this is a good place to spend a day with kids. The IMAX Dome is spectacular but the seating needs upgrade.

Thank dreamreels
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I went here with my daughter and she really enjoyed it. We went during the week and there was not a lot of traffic. Some of the exhibits were needing some upkeep and repair, but overall a decent way to spend a few hours.

Thank Jason H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The science center is a nice place to go several different times. They have a family night each month, were you can get discounts on admissions, movie, and a restaurant meal etc. check out the website for more info.

1  Thank cdjtmj1977
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Not much to do and most activities were broken and worn. Staff were slow and minimally tolerant of guests. So much empty space with nothing to see or do. I don't understand why anyone is paying to come here! On a positive note, there were...More

Thank mjhc8f
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3 December 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
31 May 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
20 June 2015|
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