Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum This is the official page of Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Your kids won't want to leave this award-winning children's science museum with over 200 interactive exhibits and a fantastic outdoor park.

Hands-on exhibits encourage children of all ages to play, explore, create and, ultimately, discover the joy of learning! Exhibits relate to math, color & light, Midwest wild weather, agriculture, communication, health and the human body, nanoscience, the science of sports and more. Discovery Center also boosts an award-winning outdoor park. Visit soon and see why Discovery Center Museum is ranked the #4 children's museum in the nation by Child magazine and a top 12 museum by Forbes.com.

Join us Saturday, June 8 from 6-8:30 pm for Supertastic Capes & Sparkles. Meet your favorite Spider Hero and Arabian Pri...
06/06/2019

Join us Saturday, June 8 from 6-8:30 pm for Supertastic Capes & Sparkles. Meet your favorite Spider Hero and Arabian Princess courtesy of Once Upon a Dream Performances and the "Royal Tea Room" and get an awesome balloon creation from BeeGiggles Entertainment! Admission is $15/person for the public and $7/person for members. Kids ages 1 and younger are free.

We are 5 days away from our first week of summer camp! Visit our website and check out our Education tab to find out mor...
06/05/2019

We are 5 days away from our first week of summer camp! Visit our website and check out our Education tab to find out more about our summer camps! We hope to see some of you this summer😎

Who is excited for our supertastic event this Saturday?! We hope to see all of you there!
06/04/2019

Who is excited for our supertastic event this Saturday?! We hope to see all of you there!

There are still spots left for our Saturday sessions of Tot Spot Mini Camps! Register today!
06/04/2019
Tot Spot Ages 3-6 - Discovery Center Museum

There are still spots left for our Saturday sessions of Tot Spot Mini Camps! Register today!

At Discovery Center Museum you can explore over 250 interactive exhibits! When you visit Discovery Center Museum, you and your family can explore the world, and even the universe, without ever leaving our inspiring environment. The thrill of exploration and discovery is built into every one of our 2...

06/03/2019

Remember those LEGOs stored in your basement or at the bottom of your child's toy bin that don't get used anymore? We'd love to have them! Just drop them off at our admission desk. Thanks!

Have you ever visited a real working farm? Our friends at Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and the Mitchell family invite you...
06/03/2019

Have you ever visited a real working farm? Our friends at Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and the Mitchell family invite you to tour MItchell Dairy & Grain farm on Saturday, June 8. Morning or afternoon tours available. Then visit Discovery Center the same evening for our Supertastic Capes & Sparkles event!

05/30/2019

Will It Float?! is the game show one of our Discovery Guides hosted today! Kids got the opportunity to create their own floating devices and put them to the test to see if they could answer the question: Will it Float?

What's your favorite thing about summer? Our favorite thing is seeing all the beautiful flowers blooming! Not only do fl...
05/30/2019
Why do flowers smell nice? | Ask Dr. Universe | Washington State University

What's your favorite thing about summer? Our favorite thing is seeing all the beautiful flowers blooming! Not only do flowers look nice because of their vibrant colors, but even their alluring smell.

A curious 5 year old named Miles sent a question to Dr. Universe, a cat-scientist from Washington State University, to find out where do flowers get their fragrant smell from. Check out the article below to find out why!

https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2019/04/04/flowers-smell-nice/

Flowers not only smell nice to humans, but also to many insects and birds who help flowers do an important job. Dr. Universe and Rachael Bonoan investigate.

Yep.
05/29/2019

Yep.

Truth..

Wander through our Secret Garden. You never know who you will find! #discovcenmuseum
05/28/2019

Wander through our Secret Garden. You never know who you will find! #discovcenmuseum

Our favorite scene and song from the Disney movie Aladdin! What's your favorite song or scene from the movie? Let us kno...
05/28/2019

Our favorite scene and song from the Disney movie Aladdin! What's your favorite song or scene from the movie? Let us know in the comments!

Join us for our Supertastic Capes & Sparkles event on June 8th from 6-8:30 PM. Fee for the public is $15 or $7 for members. We hope to see you there!

05/27/2019

Do to a malfunction in our HVAC system, Discovery Center will be closed for the remainder of the day. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Attention teachers! Discovery Center offers fun STEM teacher workshops which qualify for graduate credit or professional...
05/24/2019
Teacher Workshops - Discovery Center Museum

Attention teachers! Discovery Center offers fun STEM teacher workshops which qualify for graduate credit or professional development credits. Topics in this series may be taken individually. To learn more and register click below.

Watch Discovery Center's fairy godmother as she stirs up a little magic on WIFR TV this morning. Then join us Saturday, ...
05/24/2019
Supertastic Capes & Sparkles!

Watch Discovery Center's fairy godmother as she stirs up a little magic on WIFR TV this morning. Then join us Saturday, June 8 for more magical experiences at Supertasic Capes & Sparkles.

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05/23/2019

Tune in to @WIFR TV Friday morning at 9 am and catch a fairy godmother (aka Ms. Corinne) doing some magical science! #discovcenmuseum

Here’s some heroic humor to get in the mood for the upcoming Supertastic Capes & Sparkles!
05/20/2019

Here’s some heroic humor to get in the mood for the upcoming Supertastic Capes & Sparkles!

Spider-Man sticks to everything

Happy National Endangered Animals Day! Here's a fun handprint craft that can make a multitude of animals that need more ...
05/17/2019
Endangered Animal Handprint Crafts - Green Kid Crafts

Happy National Endangered Animals Day! Here's a fun handprint craft that can make a multitude of animals that need more attention!

Adorable animal handprint craft to teach kids about the many animals on the endangered species list. Handprint craft for kids...

Wondering what to do with the kiddos over the summer? Discovery Center summer camps combine fun and learning! From const...
05/16/2019
Overview - Discovery Center Museum

Wondering what to do with the kiddos over the summer? Discovery Center summer camps combine fun and learning! From constructing castles and catapults, designing and launching rockets, to dissections and exploring forensic science mysteries, we've got something for your child! Register today for one camp or all!

At Discovery Center Museum you can explore over 250 interactive exhibits! When you visit Discovery Center Museum, you and your family can explore the world, and even the universe, without ever leaving our inspiring environment. The thrill of exploration and discovery is built into every one of our 2...

05/13/2019
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This doctor makes one of the toughest moments easier for both parent and child.

This amazing doctor has found the best way to distract babies from their jabs

“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” – L....
05/13/2019
10 Emotion-Coaching Phrases to Use When Your Child is Upset

“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” – L.R. Knost

This article is a great short read for anyone who has a child in his/her life.

Our words can hurt or heal when our kids are upset. Build your child up with these 10 phrases that will coach your child through big emotions and connect with their hearts. Give your child the gift of emotional intelligence and set them up for life.

05/12/2019
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Giant inflatable Whack-A-Mole is the only game you need this summer 😂😱

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Happy Mother's Day.You deserve it.
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day.

You deserve it.

05/09/2019
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Thomas the Tank Engine is leaving the train station this weekend! Join us Sunday, May 12 for the final day of the Thomas & Friends exhibition. Say goodbye to Thomas, Percy and the Island of Sodor. Admission is $11/person for the public and $1/person for members. Kids ages 1 and younger are free. Click link below to see the exhibit!

It's National Lost Sock Memorial Day! Say goodbye to the lost half of memorable pairs you had.
05/09/2019
NATIONAL LOST SOCK MEMORIAL DAY – May 9

It's National Lost Sock Memorial Day! Say goodbye to the lost half of memorable pairs you had.

  NATIONAL LOST SOCK MEMORIAL DAY May 9 recognizes a fun and unique holiday, National Lost Sock Memorial Day. It is time to say “good-bye” to all of the single socks, the ones where their mat…

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week by thanking a teacher!
05/08/2019
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Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week by thanking a teacher!

It's National Teacher Appreciation Day tomorrow! Set up this fun craft for the teachers in your life.
05/06/2019
Teacher Gift

It's National Teacher Appreciation Day tomorrow! Set up this fun craft for the teachers in your life.

Always a hit and just in time for S'more Season... This is way cute idea that I found and easy to make for an end of the school year gift. ...

Travel writers and their children enjoy a trip to Discovery Center. Always fun to see the  museum through the eyes of ot...
05/06/2019
Discovery Center Museum (Rockford, IL)

Travel writers and their children enjoy a trip to Discovery Center. Always fun to see the museum through the eyes of others!

During our visit to the Discovery Center Museum, I found myself humming the 80s TV commercial jingle “I don’t wanna grow up, cause baby if I did…” From hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education to...

What an amazing discovery!
05/06/2019
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What an amazing discovery!

Those darn squirrels! 🤣

Celebrate National Hoagie Day by making some healthy hoagies!
05/05/2019
Basic Healthy Hoagie

Celebrate National Hoagie Day by making some healthy hoagies!

How to Make a Hoagie (Healthy!) Recently, I had the pleasure and honor of having Dr. Andrew Weil "stop by my kitchen" for a chat. He mentioned one of his favorite foods growing up in Philadelphia was a hoagie. A HOAGIE! I love hoagies! I think it's a Pennsylvania thing. Sure, around the country they...

To send off Screen Free Week, stay up late and try to scope out the Eta Aquariid meteor shower!
05/04/2019
All you need to know: Eta Aquariid meteors | EarthSky.org

To send off Screen Free Week, stay up late and try to scope out the Eta Aquariid meteor shower!

The new moon on May 4 will provide inky black skies for this year's Eta Aquariid meteor shower. No matter where you are on the globe, watch for meteors on the several mornings around May 5.

Looking for some awesome summer camps for your kiddos? Discovery Center is offering 5-day full day camps for ages 7-12! ...
05/03/2019
Ages 7 to 12 - Discovery Center Museum

Looking for some awesome summer camps for your kiddos? Discovery Center is offering 5-day full day camps for ages 7-12! You can register for one week or every week the camps are offered! We even have before and after care for a small extra charge. Click below to learn more and register. Space is limited.

At Discovery Center Museum you can explore over 250 interactive exhibits! When you visit Discovery Center Museum, you and your family can explore the world, and even the universe, without ever leaving our inspiring environment. The thrill of exploration and discovery is built into every one of our 2...

Since it's still Screen-Free Week, you can always cook with your family.Everyone loves pizza, so make a bunch of them! P...
05/03/2019
Homemade Pizza Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com

Since it's still Screen-Free Week, you can always cook with your family.

Everyone loves pizza, so make a bunch of them! Pretend you're running a restaurant!

Classic homemade pizza recipe, including pizza dough and toppings, step-by-step instructions with photos. Make perfect pizza at home!

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05/02/2019

So true!

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It's still No Screen Week! Another fun indoor activity to help get your kids' minds away from screens is constructing bl...
05/02/2019
How to Make a Blanket Fort

It's still No Screen Week! Another fun indoor activity to help get your kids' minds away from screens is constructing blanket forts! Here's a handy WikiHow article on how to create them.

Blanket forts are easy to build and they provide countless hours of fun for children and adults. You can make your fort with everyday household items like blankets, sheets, chairs, and curtain rods. Start by building a fort frame. Then,...

It's Screen-Free week! For an easy screen-free activity, print off some mandala coloring sheets and relax with your fami...
05/01/2019
Mandalas coloring pages

It's Screen-Free week! For an easy screen-free activity, print off some mandala coloring sheets and relax with your family. Coloring does a lot for your mental well-being!

In Coloringcrew.com find hundreds of coloring pages of Mandalas and online coloring pages for free. Enter now and choose from the following categories:

04/30/2019

It's National Screen-Free Week. Here are a few ideas to do with the kiddos!

1. Visit your local library to find new books and see any community resources or upcoming events.
2. Go for a family bike ride.
3. Make a magnetic story board with a baking sheet.
4. Play cards, puzzles, or board games.
5. Attend a local event, play, or musical performance.
6. Experiment blowing bubbles!
7. Visit a museum!

Discovery Center is accepting applications for (4) paid Summer Youth Interns.The internships are available to graduating...
04/29/2019

Discovery Center is accepting applications for (4) paid Summer Youth Interns.

The internships are available to graduating high school seniors seeking an opportunity to make use of their own art, graphic design, and computer skills. Intern will design art for special events and program as well as prepare materials for art projects that children can create. In addition, the interns will interact with and assist children in Discovery Center’s newly expanded Art Studio.

The Summer Youth Employment program spans ten weeks - Monday, June 3 through Saturday, August 10, with each intern working approximately eight weeks. The remaining two weeks will be used for college visits and/or family vacations. Potential candidates should be available to work 19 hours per week and will be compensated at a rate of $9.00 per hour.

To apply for these positions, students should send their cover letter and resume by May 10 to Sue Stevens at [email protected] or by mail to Discovery Center, 711 North Main Street, Rockford IL 61103.

It’s National Superhero Day! Thrill your kid with the powers of science by letting them experiment in the tradition of...
04/28/2019
Superhero Science Activities: Test Your Powers!

It’s National Superhero Day! Thrill your kid with the powers of science by letting them experiment in the tradition of their favorite hero! What We Do All Day has created a handy list that links experiments to characters. https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/superhero-science-activities/

My boys love superheroes and I love doing science experiments with the kids so superhero science activities are a match made in heaven. I must admit I feel a bit snobby about comic books, but I

Are you up for a challenge? Screen-Free Week challenges all of us to explore what it’s like to enjoy other options, tr...
04/27/2019

Are you up for a challenge? Screen-Free Week challenges all of us to explore what it’s like to enjoy other options, try out activities they have never considered, and base future media use on their own values.

Screen-Free Week creates an excuse to enjoy time together, which is especially meaningful to young children. Take time to plan some play adventures. Power down and get creative!

Join us for "Sing Along with Thomas" Saturday, April 27. We'll have professional musicians here playing and singing famo...
04/26/2019

Join us for "Sing Along with Thomas" Saturday, April 27. We'll have professional musicians here playing and singing famous train songs-from recent to old folk tunes! Kids can sing along, learn some new tunes and even play musical instruments! Performances at 10:45, 11:45 and 12:45. Event included with admission to Thomas & Friends exhibit - $11/person for the Public and $1 for Members. What train songs do you remember? Here's one by Johnny Cash!

Address

711 N Main St
Rockford, IL
61103

Bus stops 1/2 block north of Museum.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(815) 963-6769

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