Jurassic Quest at Iowa Events Center

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Jurassic Quest at Iowa Events Center

Calling all dinosaur enthusiasts near and far! The “largest and most realistic traveling dinosaur experience in North America” is coming back to Des Moines! This prehistoric event is perfect for an afternoon out with the whole family. Learn more about Jurassic Quest in Des Moines.

2024 Dates and Hours of Jurassic Quest in Des Moines

Jurassic Quest will be in Des Moines, Iowa from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11.

  • Friday from Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What to Expect

Jurassic Quest is filled with exciting and interactive exhibits including, but not limited to:

  • Life-size, sky-scraping dinosaurs
  • One-of-a-kind walking dinosaur rides (140 lb weight limit on dinosaur rides)
  • A life-size T. Rex skull
  • Incredible fossils, including real T. Rex teeth and a triceratops horn
  • A one-of-a-kind interactive Baby Dinosaur Show and Raptor Training Experience – there are several show times available throughout each day to fit your schedule.
  • Meet and greet loveable baby dinosaurs and their Dino trainers
  • Dino bounce houses and bungee pull (140 lb weight limit on inflatables)
  • Fossil digs
  • Tricera-tots (soft play space for littlest Dino lovers)
  • Interactive challenge that leads adventurers through 10 clues within the experience – finish all the activities and earn a reward!
  • And much more!


The 2023 event was spread out through three separate areas giving visitors plenty of space to leisurely stroll and enjoy exhibits. Upon arrival, the first area is filled with incredible life-size Dinosaurs and prehistoric scenes. Parents will want to snap pictures with these gigantic dinosaurs in the background! The other two event areas contained several activities and exhibits designed for the whole family. This is where attendees can find inflatables and dinosaur rides. Concessions are open with favorites like burgers and hot dogs, and separate stand-alone vendors offer additional options like walking tacos and ice cream. There is also a souvenir stand to ensure your kiddos don’t go home empty-handed!

Planning Ahead, Tips, and Tricks

  • Event parking at Iowa Events Center is available for $10 per vehicle. Metered street parking is also available and on Sundays, all meters are free of charge.
  • Strollers and wagons are welcome!
  • Be prepared to take pictures – you’ll want to capture the experience and relive the memories!
  • Don’t forget socks for the kiddos – socks are required for all inflatable activities.
  • Early in your visit, stop by the Baby Dinosaur Show and Raptor Training Experience to check their show times – you won’t want to miss it!
  • Jurassic Quest is designed to go at your own pace and is a self-guided experience. The average length of stay to enjoy all the activities is at least 1-2 hours.

Learn more about Jurassic Quest and find tickets here.

Michelle Jarnagin

Michelle Jarnagin

My name is Michelle Jarnagin and I live with my husband Dave and our son Devic in Des Moines. We have two Chihuahuas - Loki and Ollie. I work full time as a social worker and Dave is the stay-at-home parent in our household. Devic is currently in Kindergarten and will be entering 1st Grade this fall. In our free time, our family enjoys walking with the dogs, exploring parks and playgrounds, and visiting bowling/arcade centers. This summer you're likely to find us at the baseball fields for Devic's second season or enjoying one of the many festivals/activities Des Moines has to offer.