Special Events

Special Events

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


  • Spooky Science

    Hair-raising experiments, bubbling potions and visual illusions abound during Spooky Science at the Science Center of Iowa! Dust the cobwebs off of your costume and trick-or-treat your way throughout the building and experience themed programming!

    Wear your costume and receive $1 off general admission to SCI.

  • Pumpkin Plunge

    Don't pitch your old pumpkins... Toss them off our terrace for a lesson about gravity. Bring your pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns to SCI between 2:30 and 5:00 pm to participate.

    This event is included with admission.

  • Downtown Earth Day Tour

    Celebrate Earth Day at the Downtown Earth Day Tour, a collaboration between the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the Science Center of Iowa 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

    With funds raised, SCI provides vast opportunities for more than 320,000 children, teens and adults to engage in science learning through interactive exhibits, live programming, IMAX films, 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.