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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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So much to see and do!

We visited the Science Center with our two kids, ages 7 and 8. We planned to be there for about 2... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Jen K
,
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Great rainy day fun(see pics)

We have been here several times this summer. Friendly staff. Clean. Many screaming kids. Marcydiner... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
init4keeps
,
Des Moines, Iowa
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“imax theater” (22 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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"kids love"
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Reviewed 14 March 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!

Thank Jen K
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Reviewed 13 March 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

Thank init4keeps
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Reviewed 6 March 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 23 January 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 29 December 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

Thank Marsha M
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Reviewed 13 November 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 9 October 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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Reviewed 19 August 2017

I saw Dunkirk at the Blank IMAX theater dome and was impressed. I'd never been to an IMAX before and enjoyed how large the screen was and how it swallowed you up into the movie. The place was very clean and even without admission into...More

1  Thank Jacquie P
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We visited on a very hot Saturday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. There's many interactive exhibits geared towards kids, but as adults we had a great time as well. Highlights include building and launching paper rockets, don't break the egg drop, building a keystone...More

1  Thank briegel22
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

For what it cost it was pretty small. Other science centers we have visited have had a lot more activities. But our son had fun so that's all that matters

Thank Kristi H
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Eiofarmgirl
4 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
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rubypeanut
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
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