The Science Center of Iowa is expanding its operations for the summer and providing even more opportunities to bring learning to life and “spark” your creativity!
Starting in June, the science center will be open Wednesday through Sunday (an increase from its previous three-day/week operations). Ticket timeslots continue, and all visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for either the AM or PM timeslot.
But what can we do?
All of SCI’s exhibits are now open – including the popular Makers Studio, complete with circuit blocks, stop-motion animation, and Tool Time, where kids can design and create their own woodblock masterpiece using real tools in a safe and supervised environment.
Families also can:
- Build and test rockets in When Things Get Moving
- Meet Iowa’s cold-blooded animals in What On Earth?
- Explore the cosmos in Why The Sky?
- And see marvels of LEGO engineering in Brick by Brick
In Small Discoveries, an exhibit designed for little learners, SCI staff will facilitate rotating experiences that engage young children in wonder and play.
Don’t forget the live science programs!
One of the best things about visiting SCI is witnessing science in action through live science and planetarium programs.
Throughout the summer, each ticket timeslot will feature one program geared for the early childhood audience, one animal encounter, and multiple shows in the Star Theater planetarium.
All of SCI’s live programs are included with admission, and you can view the schedule at www.sciowa.org/calendar
What about additional activities and workshops?
SCI’s Summer of Making encourages you to tinker, experiment and collaborate. This summer, SCI is excited to introduce new public experiences that do just that!
- Ignite your creativity and exercise your skills in innovation through “Spark on the Spot,” experiences that occur during SCI’s regular open hours. Some will be scheduled, while others will pop up throughout the summer.
- “Spark Workshops” will foster creativity through innovation in expanded workshop experiences in June, July, and August.
- And “Spark Classes” will invite middle schoolers to apply innovative thinking to real-world applications. These extended classes will begin in June and continue through the summer.
Learn more about the Summer of Making and view the schedule for Spark experiences at www.sciowa.org/summerofmaking
Plan your visit
This summer, SCI will be open Wednesday through Sunday, and all visitors are encouraged to reserve advance tickets in one of two timeslots: 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm.
SCI’s policies are rooted in science. Currently, masks are not required for individuals who have are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – but be sure to visit www.sciowa.org/rootedinscience for the most up-to-date details before your visit.
Admission is $11 per person ($10 for seniors ages 65+ and free for children under 2) and always, SCI members are free!
Learn more at www.sciowa.org