Welcome back to SDDC!

As a hands-on science center, we have mitigation protocols in place to keep the health and safety of our members, visitors, volunteers, and staff top-of-mind. Please review our disclaimer before your visit and consult the current COVID19 risk level for Hughes County at bit.ly/covid-hughesco to decide if a visit is the right decision for your group.

We currently allow only one group visit at a time. Please call 605-224-8295 to reserve your group visit.

Schools and youth organizations are invited to bring their children for fun, educational explorations. We have a special discounted rated for students and youth groups. We recommend an hour to an hour and a half for a visit.

Check out our special enrichment programs for an additional charge! Your students can enjoy a star show in our portable planetarium, engage with the science process in our Bubble Festival or do real world Earth’s Sytem science with GLOBE.

   With School Check Without School Check
 Students  $3,00  $3.27
 Parents/Chaperones  $3.00  $3.27

School employees (teachers, bus drivers, aides) are free!


Go deeper into science learning and hands-on discovery. Extend your visit to our exhibit hall with one of our fun, interactive programs.

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

Planetarium Program: Our most popular show. Learn the constellations in our portable planetarium. Greek or Lakota stories. $50. 1/2 hour show. 25 students. Grades K – 12.

Phantom of the Universe - Planetarium Show: Join us on the hunt for dark matter and explore the deep science that happens a mile underground in the Sanford Underground Research Facility. $50, 1/2 hour show. 25 students. Grades 5 – 12.

Science of Flight: In this exciting hands-on program, students will explore the forces of flight and hone their engineering skills by constructing and testing their own fliers. It can be a great spark for science fair projects and Newton’s Law lessons. $100 for 1 hour program.  Maximum 15 students.  Grades 2 – 8.

Bubble Festival: Based on the GEMS kit, this hands-on, inquiry based exploration of bubble science will develop questioning, observation and problem solving. $100. 1 hour program. 30 students. Grades K – 6.

Be an Explorer: This one hour program on nearby La Framboise Island will engage your students in exploring the natural world through all their senses. $100. 1 hour program. 25 students. Grade 3-12. 


If you live in Hughes, Stanley, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Haakon, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, McCook, Pennington, Potter, Sully, Tripp, Todd, or Walworth Counties you are eligible for half-off an in-house program thanks to a generous donation from BankWest. No applications, no forms to fill out, just schedule a program with your next SD Discovery Center trip and let us know you want a program courtesy of BankWest.

If you utilize this funding please write a thank you note and send to the following address:

Attn: Charles Burke III
420 S Pierre St.
Pierre, SD 57501


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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