Welcome back to SDDC!

As a hands-on science center, this is what “getting back to normal” looks for us, keeping the health and safety of our members, visitors, volunteers, and staff top-of-mind.

Our exhibit hall will be limited to 25 people at a time to reduce the spread of germs, please follow the steps below to book a time for your visit. Some high-touch and close-contact areas will be closed (Water Fountains, Planetarium, K-nex, Harmonograph, and Van De Graaff Generator).

To keep us all safe, please review our disclaimer before your visit!

PHASE II: MEMBERS ONLY: August 1 - August 7

Birthday parties: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 from 1 - 5 PM
Family visit: Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7 from 10 AM – 5 PM.

PHASE III: PUBLIC OPENING: starting August 8
Birthday parties: Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 5 PM.
Family visit: Mondays through Fridays from 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturdays from 10 AM - 1 PM.

Groups, please call us at 605-224-8295 to book a visit.

Our reopening plan is rooted in science. It is based on guidance from the CDC and it follows best practices shared by our peers at the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).

Please be aware that pandemics are not predictable and require vigilance and flexibility in our responses. We are monitoring available data closely and may have to suspend the reopening plan if infection rates increase.

To book your visit, please follow 3 simple steps:


Select the day and time you wish to visit the Center in the calendar. 
The default length for a visit is 1.5 hours. 


To finalize your reservation, click register and use the CODE provided in the confirmation message to pay for your visit.


Winter Hours (Sept 1 - April 30)
  • Sunday to Friday 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 10 - 5pm
Summer Hours (May 1- August 31)
  • Sunday 1pm - 5pm
  • Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5pm
    Closed: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Check our Facebook page for weather related and incidental  closures.


    • Ages 3 and older: $4 plus tax
    • Senior, AAA and Group Rates: $3 plus tax
    • School groups (paid with school check): $3  
    • Please register your group of 10 or more through our Group Registration page

    Exhibit Hall

    Our exhibit hall has more than 50 hands on stations to explore the wonders of science. See our exhibit hall page for more information.

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    Upcoming events

    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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