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Ultimate Dinosaurs

October 10, 2014 - April 12, 2015 - All Day at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Millions of years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart, and dinosaurs became passengers on these drifting land masses. The result? Dinosaurs with unusual – and sometimes bizarre – features that are different from the ones we know and love.

Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world,Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.  From the tiny Buitreraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex‘s bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you may not have met before.  See Ultimate Dinosaurs October 12, 2014, through April 12, 2015, at SCI!

Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event

November 29, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Experience the Kick-Off-The-Holidays Effect at SCI! Join us at the Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event for:  FREE general admission including SCI’s traveling exhibit - Ultimate Dinosaurs; Holiday-themed live science programming and cart demonstrations; An electrifying tree lighting; Ornament decorating; A visit from Santa Claus; Cocoa and cookie decorating; Holiday laser shows; Holiday Fireworks.  Plus $5 admission to The Polar Express in IMAX! You and your family won’t want to miss this fantastic event!

The Ugly Sweater Run

December 6, 2014 - 11:00 am - 2:30 pm at

Don we now, our worst apparel… Ugly Sweaters!

Join us as thousands of very merry runners take to the streets of Des Moines for a 5K with a holiday twist.

All ages are welcome to participate in a holiday tradition you will love! The Price to run in the Ugly Sweater Run is $35 per person, and kids under the age of 5 can participate for free!

Family Christmas

December 6, 2014 - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Join us for a holiday open house filled with Christmas cheer! Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride up the hill to the Flynn Mansion. This original 1870 Victorian home will be decorated for the season and bustling with preparations and music. Help trim the tree while music fills the parlor, and visit the kitchens for a sweet treat. Then stroll to the Church of the Land for an old fashioned holiday social with music and dancing. Taffy pulls, children’s crafts, and Santa Claus make the Visitor Center festive, and the MarketPlace Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping.

Prices: $6.00/person; $4.75 LHF member; Advance tickets: $5.50/person, $4.00 LHF member www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

$5 Family Night

December 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at

The second Friday of each month, explore SCI with your family with $5 per person general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

Vocal Trash Concert

December 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at

Join SCI during $5 Family Night for a special opportunity to see Vocal Trash in concert!

Described as, “Glee Meets Stomp”, this green minded ensemble delights audiences, globally, on a relentless pursuit to bring people together utilizing the universal language of song and dance. Urban Broadway.

Tickets are only a $5 add on to Family Night and FREE for kids under the age of 2!

Vocal Trash Concert

December 12, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at

Join SCI during $5 Family Night for a special opportunity to see Vocal Trash in concert!

Described as, “Glee Meets Stomp”, this green minded ensemble delights audiences, globally, on a relentless pursuit to bring people together utilizing the universal language of song and dance. Urban Broadway.

Tickets are only a $5 add on to Family Night and FREE for kids under the age of 2!

Star Party at Ewing Park

December 13, 2014 - 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm at Ewing Park
5300 Indianola Road

Location: Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

Experience the Out-of-this-World-Space-Observation – SCI is having a Star Party!

Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.

This event is in partnership with City of Des Moines Park and Recreation the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

Star Party at Ewing Park

December 13, 2014 - 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm at Ewing Park
5300 Indianola Road

Experience the Out-of-this-World-Space-Observation – SCI is having a Star Party!  Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.  This event is in partnership with City of Des Moines Park and Recreation the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

Breakfast with Santa

December 20, 2014 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Breakfast with Santa is a yearly tradition at SCI that brings families and friends together for food, fun, science and Santa!  Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal in the Food Chain Café, decked out especially for the season.  Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list.  Experience a journey on The Polar Express on Central Iowa’s only six-story IMAX dome screen. Explore SCI, see science demonstrations, live programs… and more!  Reservations required. Tickets on sales soon!

Breakfast with Santa

December 21, 2014 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Breakfast with Santa is a yearly tradition at SCI that brings families and friends together for food, fun, science and Santa!  Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal in the Food Chain Café, decked out especially for the season.  Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list.  Experience a journey on The Polar Express on Central Iowa’s only six-story IMAX dome screen. Explore SCI, see science demonstrations, live programs… and more!  Reservations required. Tickets on sales soon!

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Noon Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Why should adults have all the fun ringing in the New Year at midnight?  Bring the whole family to SCI to celebrate the New Year 12 hours early!  Join us for a massive balloon drop in Founders Hall and celebrate with noisemakers as we kick off 2015 at 12:00 noon! Activities and special guests include: Face painting (10:00 am to 1:00 pm); Balloon twisting (10:00 am to 1:00 pm); Noon Year’s Eve activities are included with general admission – always free for SCI members!

Christian Skate Night

January 5, 2015 - 12:00 am at Skate North Incrediroll
5621 Meredith Drive

Starting in January, every first Monday of the month 6-8pm. Admission $6 skate rentals included if needed.

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