Quarry Dig

Quarry Dig

Third Floor | Kirby Science Discovery Center

The Quarry Dig area guides you through the process of mining stones for building materials, starting with blowing up a quartzite cliff all the way to transporting the rocks from the site.

  • 3 … 2 … 1 … Boom! Count down to see, hear and feel a real-life quarry blast. Watch the rock explosion from the work site trailer while wearing fun hardhats and safety vests.
  • Crawl through the darkness of a mine’s tunnel to discover precious stones.
  • Load rocks onto a moving conveyor belt to transport them into buckets or a mining truck.
  • Use pulleys to lift heavy stones like the ones used to build the Washington Pavilion more than 100 years ago.

Face Masks Required per City of Sioux Falls Ordinance.

Sponsored by:

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 LG Everist 

 Butler Machinery

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