School and Group Info

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!

COVID 19 Announcement

March 13, 2020

Due to COVID-19 we are not scheduling programs until we are clear of community spread concerns in South Dakota. Thank you for understanding.


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

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


Please note the following:

  • Your visit is tentative until confirmed. If you request a program it may be up to 2 business days to confirm.
  • If your visit is not confirmed within 2 business days please call 605-224-8295.
  • We regret we cannot accommodate you after 5 PM without an exhibit hall rental charge.
  • We recommend minimum of an hour for just the exhibit hall itself. Please plan for more time if your visit includes a program.
Due to COVID-19, we will not have any planetarium programs or shows until further notice.


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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