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Travel Tips

Don't miss the hiking and biking trails for some outdoor fun. 1

Don't miss the High Trestle Trail for a scenic bike ride. 2

Explore the urban bike trails and the new pedestrian bridges. 3

Visit the Des Moines Art Center and indulge in farm-to-table cuisine. 4

Explore the Des Moines Art Center and Pappajohn Sculpture Park for cultural experiences. 5

Explore various events to fully experience the city's cultural offerings. 6

Stay in hostels or low-cost hotels to save money and meet new people. Use GAFFL to connect with fellow travelers. Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings. 7

Let someone know your whereabouts, have offline maps ready, and consider travel insurance for emergencies. 8

Enjoy ice cream at Black Cat Ice Cream and explore the city's attractions. 9

Don't miss the botanical gardens and museums. 10

Introduction

Event Schedule

  • πŸ“… April 8, 2024: Solar Eclipse Party from Noon to 2:30 PM at Drake Municipal Observatory.
  • πŸ“… May 4, 2024: Solar Party from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • πŸ“… June 1, 2024: Solar Party from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • πŸ“… July 6, 2024: Solar Party from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • πŸ“… August 3, 2024: Solar Party from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • πŸ“… September 7, 2024: Solar Party from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • πŸ“… October 5, 2024: Solar Party from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

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Location and Directions

  • πŸ“ Address: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Directions: Located near the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market.
  • πŸš— Parking: Available near the Science Center.
  • 🚢 Accessibility: Easily accessible for pedestrians and those with mobility needs.
  • 🚌 Public Transport: Accessible via local bus routes.

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Activities

  • πŸ”­ Telescopic Observations: View celestial objects, colorful double stars, and star clusters.
  • 🌠 Meteor Showers: Observe meteor showers through high-powered telescopes.
  • πŸͺ Stargazing Guides: Engage with guides to learn about the solar system and beyond.
  • πŸ“š Educational Focus: Each event has a unique focus on different astronomical phenomena.
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Family-Friendly: Activities suitable for all ages, encouraging curiosity and learning.

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Admission and Hours

  • πŸ’Έ Free Admission: No tickets or registration required for Solar Party activities.
  • πŸ•’ Regular Hours: Solar Parties from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on scheduled Saturdays.
  • πŸ•’ Special Event Hours: Solar Eclipse Party on April 8 from Noon to 2:30 PM.
  • πŸ›οΈ SCI General Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • 🎟️ General Admission: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, free for members.

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Weather Policy

  • 🌦️ Weather Dependent: Events are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.
  • πŸ“± Updates: Check the SCI website and Facebook for the latest updates on event status.
  • 🌧️ Rain or Shine: Some activities may proceed indoors if weather permits.
  • πŸ”„ Rescheduling: Canceled events may be rescheduled; check online for new dates.

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Volunteering

  • 🀝 Volunteer Opportunities: Available through Des Moines Parks & Recreation.
  • πŸ“§ Contact: Email [email protected] for more information.
  • πŸ‘₯ Roles: Assist with telescopic observations, guide visitors, and support event logistics.
  • 🌟 Community Engagement: Great way to engage with the community and promote science education.

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