Special Events are for all our guests and members. All are welcome! Below are some of regular special events. Check our calendar and Facebook page for the latest!

Starry Saturdays

We offer FREE star shows with regular admission the second Saturday of every month. These 25 minute planetarium shows will reveal the night sky in a way you have never seen before. 

We are always interested in training volunteers to present these shows. If you are 14 or older, email Rhea to learn more.

Due to COVID-19, we will not have any planetarium shows until further notice.

School's Out
When school lets out early for professional development, we oftent organize a special event. If you are a teacher in a district that doesn't let out, this is a good time to plan a visit to the SD Discovery Center. Check our calendar for dates and themes.
Meet a Scientist 

Our Science Communication Fellows want to tell YOU about their research. We have these events so you can talk with a scientist doing research here in South Dakota. We will post these on our calendar and send out notices via email. Make sure you are signed up so you don't miss the news!

Engineer's Day

Every year, the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society sponsors a special event at the South Dakota Discovery Center during the Saturday of Engineer's Week, the third week of February.

The McClure Christmas Party

An annual celebration sponsored by the local Eastern Star, a legacy project of Patison McClure. The SD Discovery Center is proud to host this special event that celebrates a distinguished member of our community and the legacy of his love for children.

Best for Last

Our signature "fun-raiser", This count down raffle to the grand prize of $10,000 is a night of good food, drink, music and memories. The Thursday before Thanksgiving, don't miss out on getting your tickets early by signing up for our email blasts.

If you are looking for the events for a specific grade or group of students, like our Water Festival or Women in Science conference, check Targeted Learning Events.


Upcoming events

  • 1 Sep 2020
    805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre SD 57501

Thank you to the 
Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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