Kirby Science Discovery Center hosts ‘Building Buddies’ traveling exhibit

(Dakota News Now)
Published: Apr. 25, 2023 at 5:22 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Starting Friday, the Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion will host a traveling exhibit while some spaces in the building undergo renovations.

“We are so grateful to host this new exhibit while two of our popular features are temporarily closed. The Building Buddies exhibit will be here through the summer and bring some new life to our building,” says Madelyn Grogan, director of education, programming and exhibits. “Even more exciting, though, is the work that will be taking place during that time in the Room to Grow exhibit to make way for a new immersive water experience and in the Wells Fargo CineDome to create the state-of-the-art Sweetman Planetarium.”

The Building Buddies exhibit will open on Friday on the fourth floor of the Kirby Science Discovery Center.

The space focuses on STEAM learning opportunities and includes elements meant to promote social interaction between visitors, fostering teamwork and sharing.

Preparation for new offerings

The Room to Grow exhibit will close on May 1 to create an immersive water experience. The exhibit will include features to help children learn about the phases of water. Work on the project is expected to be done by late June or early July.

The Wells Fargo CineDome will close May 1 for the installation of new planetarium technology and other renovations. The Sweetman Planetarium is expected to open late summer 2023.

“Late this summer we will again offer our educational films with drastically improved sound and picture quality. In addition, we are excited to add planetarium films and programming to our daily lineup. These additions will certainly create opportunities for new experiences in our theater,” adds Grogan.

For information about the traveling exhibit opening this week, go to

Information about the new Sweetman Planetarium can be found at