Current Member Resources

SCI appreciates your support!

Welcome! Thank you for supporting the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater's mission to engage and inspire Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Now that you're a member, take advantage of SCI's hands-on exhibits, live programs, engaging films, outreach programming, traveling exhibitions, camps, classes and other fun and educational experiences!

SCI Member Benefits

Use your membership to the fullest, and check out all of these great member benefits:

  • FREE unlimited daily admission year-round
  • Access to exclusive member family workshops
  • $5 documentary IMAX tickets and discounts on Hollywood films (currently closed for repairs)
  • 10% discount at the A-ha! Store
  • 10% discount in the Food Chain Cafe
  • Discounts and priority registration on camps
  • Discounts on birthday parties and private events
  • Discounts on guest admissions ($3 off adult tickets; $2 off child/senior tickets)
  • Two one-time use parking vouchers for the SCI Parking Garage
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 300 other science centers for one year through our reciprocal membership program

Community Partner Discounts

  • Spaghetti Works, Des Moines — Show your SCI membership card to receive 20% off your bill for up to 6 people.

Membership FAQs

Policies of Membership

  • SCI, Combo and TRI memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable. All are valid for one year and expire on the last day of the month your purchase was made.
  • SCI recognizes the Association of Science and Technology Centers' Passport Program residency restrictions with regard to reciprocal membership. To receive free or discounted admission to other science centers nationwide, you must live more than 90 miles away from the science center or museum you wish to visit. Admissions staff reserve the right to request proof of residence for benefits to apply. Contact SCI's membership department with questions.
  • The Science Center of Iowa reserves the right to terminate or deny membership at any time. Cause for termination can include showing disrespectful behavior towards the exhibits, staff or guests of the science center; inappropriate conduct, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent; or for failing to comply with membership terms and conditions or abusing privileges.

Member Family Workshops

The second Friday of each month is $5 Family Night, and SCI Members get an extra bonus with exclusive family workshops!

Workshops are free, but pre-registration is required. Registration opens at 10:00 am on the first day of every month. Members will receive a registration link via email.

Upcoming Member Family Workshops:

  • January 10 – Light Painting Wands
    Discover the differences of short and long exposure with cameras as we create images using only lights. Get ready to create a masterpiece!
  • SPECIAL EVENT: January 19 – Member Family Yoga
    Stop by SCI for a FREE 60-minute family-friendly practice led by instructor Terri Lynn Reese. This event is free for SCI members and all ages are welcome. Register here.
  • February 14 – Engineering a Snowflake
    Explore the wonders of how snowflakes are formed, and discover why no two snowflakes are the same as you create your own crystal snowflake.
  • March 13 – Finger Puppets
    Let your creativity flourish as you design your own personalized puppet. Whether you decide to design a talking tree puppet or a whole flamboyance (a flock of flamingos), you'll be sure to take center stage with this workshop.
  • April 10 – Global Soundscapes
    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by learning what the sounds of an environment can tell us about its health! Global Soundscapes is an interactive planetarium program.
  • May 8 – Turtle Days
    Celebrate World Turtle Day (May 23) a little early, and join SCI for a totally tubular turtle program and activity.
  • June 12 – Paper Circuit Cards
    Electrify your imagination, and create a card that will “light up” someone's day. Learn about simple circuits and the power behind your own creativity.

Contact us at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.