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 more than 250 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 boasts 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.

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11/29/2021

Who's been there?!😅

Who's been there?!😅

We love sharing photos that people send to us. If you'd like to share your Discovery Center photos with us, just tag us ...
11/28/2021

We love sharing photos that people send to us. If you'd like to share your Discovery Center photos with us, just tag us @discoverycentermuseum or use the hashtag #discoverycentermuseum Thanks to Betty Moore for these oldies but goodies!

November 28 marks the first day of Hanukkah. Chicago Parent magazine has some great at-home activity ideas for kids, chi...
11/28/2021
Hanukkah 2021 Guide for Chicago Families - Chicago Parent

November 28 marks the first day of Hanukkah. Chicago Parent magazine has some great at-home activity ideas for kids, children's books, and recipes. So whether your family celebrates Hanukkah or you simply want your family to learn more about the holiday, this link has you covered!
#discoverycentermuseum #hanukkah2021 #chicagoparent

If you're looking for new ways to celebrate, our Hanukkah family guide includes fun crafts, recipes and even a few events and activity ideas.

These turkeys may not fly, but they sure are stylin'! Create your own in our Art Studio this week.#discoverycentermuseum...
11/24/2021

These turkeys may not fly, but they sure are stylin'! Create your own in our Art Studio this week.
#discoverycentermuseum #thanksgivingcraftsforkids

These turkeys may not fly, but they sure are stylin'! Create your own in our Art Studio this week.
#discoverycentermuseum #thanksgivingcraftsforkids

We love bringing science to children and families-no matter if it is in person or virtually!
11/22/2021

We love bringing science to children and families-no matter if it is in person or virtually!

We love sharing photos we've received from our members and visitors of their families making memories at Discovery Cente...
11/21/2021

We love sharing photos we've received from our members and visitors of their families making memories at Discovery Center. Here are a few!
#40yearsofplayfullearning

The longest Lunar Eclipse / Eclipse of the Moon in 1,000 years can be seen early Friday morning, weather-permitting. Alt...
11/18/2021
Lunar Eclipse 2021: How to Watch the Rare Sight in Chicago Area Friday

The longest Lunar Eclipse / Eclipse of the Moon in 1,000 years can be seen early Friday morning, weather-permitting. Although this will technically be a Partial Lunar Eclipse / Partial Eclipse of the Moon, it is nearly a Total eclipse.

A Lunar Eclipse / Eclipse of the Moon is the only category of eclipses which is safe to view with the unaided eyes (one-power), binoculars, and a telescope. #moon

A rare lunar eclipse will soon be 95% visible across the Chicago area.

Your kiddos will have fun creating these fall dot marker projects in the Art Studio this week.#discoverycentermuseum
11/17/2021

Your kiddos will have fun creating these fall dot marker projects in the Art Studio this week.
#discoverycentermuseum

Your kiddos will have fun creating these fall dot marker projects in the Art Studio this week.
#discoverycentermuseum

Boxes are just incredible for all sorts of arts, crafts and imaginative play. To give elementary-age children some chall...
11/16/2021

Boxes are just incredible for all sorts of arts, crafts and imaginative play.

To give elementary-age children some challenge and focus, have them think about all the different bones that are in our bodies try to draw a skeleton. Younger children can simply have fun decorating in their own individual ways.

After an adult helps them cut out the figures, kids can have more fun making up games and even using them as goal keepers! Thanks to Fun learning at home for the idea.

Boxes are just incredible for all sorts of arts, crafts and imaginative play.

To give elementary-age children some challenge and focus, have them think about all the different bones that are in our bodies try to draw a skeleton. Younger children can simply have fun decorating in their own individual ways.

After an adult helps them cut out the figures, kids can have more fun making up games and even using them as goal keepers! Thanks to Fun learning at home for the idea.

We love sharing photos our members and guests provide us of their families having fun at Discovery Center. We've been he...
11/14/2021

We love sharing photos our members and guests provide us of their families having fun at Discovery Center. We've been helping families make memories for 40 years!
#40yearsofplayfullearning #discoverycentermuseum

Please share with any veterans you know!
11/12/2021

Please share with any veterans you know!

11/11/2021
Your kids will love making their own sparkly turkey mosaic to add to your Thanksgiving decor. These little gobblers can ...
11/10/2021

Your kids will love making their own sparkly turkey mosaic to add to your Thanksgiving decor. These little gobblers can be found in our Art Studio this week - so shake a tailfeather and visit soon!
#discoverycentermuseum
#thanksgivingcraftsforkids

Your kids will love making their own sparkly turkey mosaic to add to your Thanksgiving decor. These little gobblers can be found in our Art Studio this week - so shake a tailfeather and visit soon!
#discoverycentermuseum
#thanksgivingcraftsforkids

11/10/2021

These young ladies share their thoughts on Discovery Center and their history of enjoying the museum as they grew.
#40yearsofplayfullearning

We've got space on the brain! So does NASA, who plans to return to the moon in the next few years. Join us as we explore...
11/09/2021

We've got space on the brain! So does NASA, who plans to return to the moon in the next few years. Join us as we explore the Lunar surface, find the perfect location for our lunar rover, and complete our lunar mission. Learn about NASA's Artemis mission and the new tech that they will be bringing to the moon. Spots still open for kids ages 7 and older on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 12:30-2 pm.
Register online at https://discoverycentermuseum.tamretail.net/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=11/18/2021 or call 815-963-6769.

We've got space on the brain! So does NASA, who plans to return to the moon in the next few years. Join us as we explore the Lunar surface, find the perfect location for our lunar rover, and complete our lunar mission. Learn about NASA's Artemis mission and the new tech that they will be bringing to the moon. Spots still open for kids ages 7 and older on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 12:30-2 pm.
Register online at https://discoverycentermuseum.tamretail.net/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=11/18/2021 or call 815-963-6769.

11/08/2021

Boy did we launch a lot of jack-o-lanterns on Sunday for our Smashing Pumpkins event Thanks to our volunteers from Collins Aerospace and Belcan, as well as our high school volunteers from Belvidere North High School and @rockford_christian_school - you brought smiles to hundreds of faces today!

Photos from Smashing Pumpkins. Thanks to sponsors Northwest Bank of Rockford, Nicor Gas  and Thermo Fisher Scientific as...
11/08/2021

Photos from Smashing Pumpkins. Thanks to sponsors Northwest Bank of Rockford, Nicor Gas and Thermo Fisher Scientific as well as volunteers from Collins Aerospace and Belcan and high school volunteers from Belvidere North High School and Rockford Christian School.You helped make it a great day for all our members and guests!
#discoverycentermuseum #40yearsofplayfullearning

In honor of our 40th anniversary - here's a TBT photo from 2007. We held a fundraiser in which "Ace of Cakes" chef Duff ...
11/05/2021

In honor of our 40th anniversary - here's a TBT photo from 2007. We held a fundraiser in which "Ace of Cakes" chef Duff Goldman came to Discovery Center for the weekend and judged a local cake competition, gave a talk at a dinner. #duff #40yearsofplayfullearning
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Diwali is as one of India’s biggest holidays that occurs each fall. Also known as the festival of lights, the five-day r...
11/04/2021
Diwali Guide for Chicagoland Families

Diwali is as one of India’s biggest holidays that occurs each fall. Also known as the festival of lights, the five-day religious holiday focuses on hope and positivity. The main celebration will occur on Nov. 4 this year.

Our friends at Chicago Parent rounded up the best kid-friendly ways to mark the holiday, including Chicagoland events, recipes and more activities.

Here are some fun ways your family can celebrate.

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are giving away free new or renewal memberships! Thanks to our friends at Helm Gro...
11/04/2021

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are giving away free new or renewal memberships! Thanks to our friends at Helm Group for underwriting the free memberships!
#40yearsofplayfullearning

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are giving away free new or renewal memberships! Thanks to our friends at Helm Group for underwriting the free memberships!
#40yearsofplayfullearning

Create your own wise old owl this week in our Art Studio!#discoverycentermuseum
11/03/2021

Create your own wise old owl this week in our Art Studio!
#discoverycentermuseum

Create your own wise old owl this week in our Art Studio!
#discoverycentermuseum

11/02/2021

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we are highlighting testimonials from our members and guests. Here's what adorable 7-year-old Bennett Ogden-Moles has to say.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Spooky Science! Thanks, too, to Dr. Doria and the Alpha Helix club from @rockfordun...
11/02/2021

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Spooky Science! Thanks, too, to Dr. Doria and the Alpha Helix club from @rockforduniversity for all their great science activities and demos!

Can't wait to watch jack-o-lanterns splat across the parking lot! Bring your used orange gourds to this event on Sunday,...
11/01/2021

Can't wait to watch jack-o-lanterns splat across the parking lot! Bring your used orange gourds to this event on Sunday, Nov. 7 and enjoy additional outdoor art and science activities. To learn more or make reservations, go to http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/all-events/event/3276-smashing-pumpkins or call 815-963-6769. Thanks to our sponsors Northwest Bank of Rockford, Nicor Gas, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
#discoverycentermuseum
#40yearsofplayfullearning

Can't wait to watch jack-o-lanterns splat across the parking lot! Bring your used orange gourds to this event on Sunday, Nov. 7 and enjoy additional outdoor art and science activities. To learn more or make reservations, go to http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/all-events/event/3276-smashing-pumpkins or call 815-963-6769. Thanks to our sponsors Northwest Bank of Rockford, Nicor Gas, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
#discoverycentermuseum
#40yearsofplayfullearning

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to share for our 40th anniversary! We've been sharing some every Sunday in Octob...
10/31/2021

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to share for our 40th anniversary! We've been sharing some every Sunday in October and will continue into November.
#40yearsofplayfullearning #discoverycentermuseum

Address

711 N Main St
Rockford, IL
61103

Bus stops 1/2 block north of Museum.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Thursday 9:30am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm
Friday 9:30am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm
Saturday 9:30am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm
Sunday 9:30am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm

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(815) 963-6769

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Thank you so much Discovery Center Museum for these kits! We looooved creating our noise makers and confetti poppers for NYE!
Morning Blend interview with Ann Marie from the Discovery Center and Bubble Master, Geoff Akins talking about the FEED HOPE fundraiser for the Rockford Northern Illinois Food Bank! Buy your ticket and watch virtually from the comfort of your own home!
Hi! I am inquiring about the tot classes and homeschool class next week (March 18th). Before I register, will they still be happening?
We had a great time visiting your discovery museum, and plan to visit again soon. You are doing some cool stuff over there. This is a link to a short video I edited of our visit! https://www.facebook.com/104046117645375/posts/104684150914905?sfns=mo
Thank you Discovery Center for the Bubble Show tickets. We weren't allowed to take pics, so you cant see the ear to ear smiles on the kids faces, but they LOVED the show . Thanks again.
I don't remember the name of the lovely lady that did the STEM Lab at our field trip last Tuesday, but it left an impression on this girl. She was doing the water cycle dance tonight! 😍😂
Kudos to James for interacting with the children visiting the Discovery Center today!
Miss Jenny is so awesome!
We love discovery center classes
Glowing slime at the Spooky Science Halloween Event. My daughter loved it! And the scientist was very fair with everyone taking turns. Well organized.
Thank you for the Spooky Science Halloween Event. My daughter had such a great time! If this in an annual event we will definitely be there next year. Thank you to everyone involved.