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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!

TWO FROM GALILEE -A BROADWAY STYLE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

December 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at

Two From Galilee, a full-scale Christmas musical based on the book by Marjorie Holmes. This is the story of two real people whose lives were touched by God: two people chosen by God to provide an earthly home for His Son. Here are Mary and Joseph – a teenage girl and a young carpenter – in love, faced with family conflict, a hostile world, and an awesome responsibility. It is a story for young and old alike; for everyone who finds the Christmas tale a source of timeless beauty and wonder. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 7:00 PM; Friday, December 19, 7:00 PM, and Sunday, December 21, 6:00 PM.  Two From Galilee is created and written by Robert Sterling & Karla Worley, arranged and orchestrated by Robert Sterling. 

Breakfast with Santa

December 20, 2014 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

‘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 Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

‘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.

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.

TWO FROM GALILEE -A BROADWAY STYLE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

December 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at

Two From Galilee, a full-scale Christmas musical based on the book by Marjorie Holmes. This is the story of two real people whose lives were touched by God: two people chosen by God to provide an earthly home for His Son. Here are Mary and Joseph – a teenage girl and a young carpenter – in love, faced with family conflict, a hostile world, and an awesome responsibility. It is a story for young and old alike; for everyone who finds the Christmas tale a source of timeless beauty and wonder. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 7:00 PM; Friday, December 19, 7:00 PM, and Sunday, December 21, 6:00 PM.  Two From Galilee is created and written by Robert Sterling & Karla Worley, arranged and orchestrated by Robert Sterling. 

Noon Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

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 Skate North Incrediroll
5621 Meredith Drive

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

Mixology Night: Brew Science

February 6, 2015 - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, experience all that the Science Center of Iowa has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming!

Admission: General admission is $5; free for SCI Members
A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.

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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