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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 super-continent 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!

Trunk or Treat Halloween Extravaganza

October 31, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
2600 E. Euclid Ave.

A safe and fun party for the whole family, featuring trick or treating in the parking lot and fun activities inside!  Check out Halloween crafts, creepy critters, balloon animals, bake sale, and more!

10th Annual Harvest Concert

November 8, 2014 - 12:00 am - 7:00 pm at Union Park United Methodist Church
2305 East 12th Street

Imagine hearing the 23rd Psalm, French poetry and Swingin’ Saints. Together. Think you’re dreaming? Wake up! You’re not dreaming! We’re not making this up! This is part of the program for the 10th Annual Harvest Concert. Over eighty singers and musicians, including the ensembles We Got Male and We Got Female, will be performing a variety of works from classical to country to humorous. The concerts will benefit the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry.

10th Annual Harvest Concert

November 9, 2014 - 2:00 pm at First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue

Imagine hearing the 23rd Psalm, French poetry and Swingin’ Saints. Together. Think you’re dreaming? Wake up! You’re not dreaming! We’re not making this up! This is part of the program for the 10th Annual Harvest Concert. Over eighty singers and musicians, including the ensembles We Got Male and We Got Female, will be performing a variety of works from classical to country to humorous. The concerts will benefit the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry.

$5 Family Night

November 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

The second Friday of each month, explore SCI with your family with $5 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!

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

November 16, 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.

Disney on Ice-Worlds of Fantasy

November 26, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - 12:00 am at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

Buy Tickets HERE

Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event

November 29, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at

Experience the Kick-Off-The-Holidays Effect at SCI! Join us at the Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event from 5:00 – 8:00 pm 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!

 

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).

Breakfast with Santa

December 20, 2014 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at

‘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

‘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.

Noon Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at

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 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at

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

Disney Jr. Live-Pirates and Princess

February 8, 2015 - 12:00 am at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

Buy Tickets HERE

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union

March 6, 2015 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
3000 E Grand Ave

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.

Cost: $7.50 per person (kids under age 2 are free), tickets available at the door

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union

March 7, 2015 - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm at Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
3000 E Grand Ave

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.

Cost: $7.50 per person (kids under age 2 are free), tickets available at the door

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union

March 8, 2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
3000 E Grand Ave

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.

Cost: $7.50 per person (kids under age 2 are free), tickets available at the door

Children & Families of Iowa’s Family Tees Golf Tournament

June 22, 2015 - All Day at Terrace Hills Golf Course
8700 Northeast 46th Avenue

Join us for an inter-generational golf tournament benefiting Children & Families of Iowa. Flights are determined by the age of the youngest player. All players under the age of 18 must be paired with an adult player. Visit www.cfiowa.org for additional information.                              

Contact Phone: (515) 697-7961; Contact Email: events@cfiowa.org; Website: www.cfiowa.org

Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops

July 2, 2015 - 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm at West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol
1007 E. Grand Ave.

Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert.  For more information, please visit dmsymphony.org or call 515.280.4004.

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