Special Events

Special Events

SCI’s special events encompass a variety of educational opportunities and seasonal occasions.


  • Downtown Earth Day Tour

    Celebrate Earth Day at the Downtown Earth Day Tour, a collaboration between SCI, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, The Riverwalk HUB and Iowa Rivers Revival. Interact with organizations focused on conservation, and learn how to live more sustainably!

  • Noon Year's Eve

    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!

  • Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

    Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects and more. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

  • World Turtle Day

    Celebrate the turtles of Iowa during this special World Turtle Day event! Join us for turtle programming all day throughout SCI to learn about the different turtle species in Iowa, conservations efforts to help protect turtles, and even get the chance to meet and greet a turtle up close! Learn more at: https://www.worldturtleday.org/

  • SCI's Big Blast

    Have a blast while supporting science education!

    Proceeds from this gala are critical for supporting opportunities for more than 320,000 children, teens and adults to engage in science learning through interactive exhibits, live programming, special events, workshops and camps at SCI each year.

  • Breakfast with Santa

    Food, fun, science and Santa! It’s a holiday tradition at SCI. Gather the family and reserve your table today for Breakfast with Santa.

  • Pi Day Celebration

    3.141592653… Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed on 3/14 (March 14) because 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi in decimal form!