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.
We currently allow only one group visit at a time. Group visit hours are Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM. Please call 605-224-8295 to reserve your group visit.
To keep us all safe, please review our disclaimer before your 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.
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.
BANKWEST PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS
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:
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