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Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: +1 515-274-6868
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Exhibits boosted by Planetarium and live shows

I spent a full Saturday here with four grandchildren aged 3 to 9. We were not in a hurry, so we enjoyed every room and exhibit for as long as the kids wanted. It was very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
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Seattle, Washington
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Greentop, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the Museum 15 minutes after they opened. The young man at the entrance was very polite and patient with us. Our children, ages 14, 10 and 5 enjoyed the exhibits and shows very much. Andrea did a wonderful job with her show about the digestive system and with working with the children at the building area. All... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I spent a full Saturday here with four grandchildren aged 3 to 9. We were not in a hurry, so we enjoyed every room and exhibit for as long as the kids wanted. It was very interactive and interesting for them. Just large enough to have plenty of variety. We broke up the day by attending most of the presentations... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Great experience, the staff went above and beyond today, especially Renee and Laura! Wonderful place for kids of all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Des Moines for only one day. Went to The National Park Adventure movie, narrated by Robert Redford, which was playing at the IMAX Theater. What a fabulous show. You will fall in love with the National Park system and be beguiled by Mother Nature. We did not visit the SCI center at all, just went to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I loved going here when I was a kid I love going their now. We have not been there since I was 11. I think they need more older kid activities to allow more aged families enjoy it to. The year I went s not on here so I picked the only one close enough. I'm 14 now to give... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

There were all ages for children to delight in. I went with the 10 year old with the electrical things. The 1 and 3 year old had an area of their own. It is well worth it to see!!!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We started with the IMAX Beautiful Planet show which was exciting and informative. Headed to the hands on tool area and then Legos. After to the activity area which included building Lego race cars with a 4 car racetrack, building a rocket and a dam to control the flow of water. Because we didn't arrive until 11:30 am, we were... More 

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Thank SLK517
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Contacted SCI about a HUGE safety concern on 8/30. As of 3 weeks later, they haven't bothered to look into it nor reach back out to me at all. Parents with disabled children: they don't accommodate them. Parents with children who have allergies: they allow free grazing EVERYWHERE!!! ALLERGENS EVERYWHERE AND NO ONE CARES... We will NOT renew our membership!!!

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Omaha
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We had a free afternoon in Des Moines over the holiday weekend, and decided to take our 3 kids to the science center. I really wish we had more time to spend here, there was so much to do and our boys (ages 4, 10, 12) loved it. There were exhibits that were suited for our older kids, and for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

It's a really educational place for (kids) lots of activities but I do not recommend this place just for adults or teens

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