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.
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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 for extra fun during "Holiday Hoopla". We'll have special activities Dec. 26-30 from 11 am to 3 pm.
12/27/2019

Join us for extra fun during "Holiday Hoopla". We'll have special activities Dec. 26-30 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Is it spring??? Kids and their grownups are having fun in our outdoor park today! #crazymidwestweather
12/26/2019

Is it spring??? Kids and their grownups are having fun in our outdoor park today! #crazymidwestweather

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12/24/2019

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Here's a preview of the new WIFR News Studio we are busy installing. It should be ready later this week!
12/22/2019

Here's a preview of the new WIFR News Studio we are busy installing. It should be ready later this week!

Get ready for the new year with these projects in our Art Studio December 23-29!
12/21/2019

Get ready for the new year with these projects in our Art Studio December 23-29!

12/20/2019

Discovery Center will close at 3 pm on Dec. 24 and be closed Dec. 25. Happy holidays!

From all of us at Discovery Center...
12/20/2019

From all of us at Discovery Center...

Check out Ms. Corinne and "magic" liquids on WIFR TV!
12/20/2019
Holiday Hoopla

Check out Ms. Corinne and "magic" liquids on WIFR TV!

Discovery Center

12/19/2019
Parents

Great ideas!

These gingerbread house hacks are game changers for busy parents 🙌 🎄

Make a gingerbread house in 3 easy steps: https://trib.al/2JGMFWs

Parents
12/19/2019
Parents

Parents

So your kids woke up to find their Elf on the Shelf in the same spot you left him the day before...oops. 🙃 Here are 10 foolproof "explanations."

Here's a gift idea that won’t fit in a box!Play is a lot more than just having fun. Play is learning, growing, and disco...
12/16/2019

Here's a gift idea that won’t fit in a box!

Play is a lot more than just having fun. Play is learning, growing, and discovering. Play is a safe way to experiment—and to fail. Discovery Center is the perfect place to combine play AND learning!

The gift of play lets the entire family have a blast, make lasting memories, and learn a few things along the way. What other gift offers all that—and more? Purchase a Discovery Center gift certificate for the special people in your life! http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/support/gift-certificates

There's nothing like a child's homemade art project to make the perfect gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles, or neig...
12/14/2019

There's nothing like a child's homemade art project to make the perfect gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles, or neighbors. Visit our Art Studio Dec. 16-22 and have your kids create stockings, holiday trees and scratchboard ornaments sure to be a favorite gift for the special people in their lives.

12/14/2019
Gift Certificates - Discovery Center Museum

Looking for a stocking stuffer idea? How about a gift certificate to Discovery Center? Gift certificates come in a variety of amounts - so whether it's $36 for 4 passes or even $90 for a family membership, the kids and families on your list will be thrilled!

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...

Our Gift Shop is full of fun, educational and one-of-a-kind toys for the kiddo (or grown-up!) on your list. Do your holi...
12/13/2019

Our Gift Shop is full of fun, educational and one-of-a-kind toys for the kiddo (or grown-up!) on your list. Do your holiday shopping and support Discovery Center at the same time! From baby toys to science kits, books and plush animals, we've got something the kids on your list will love! Now Through Dec. 24 members save 25% and the public saves 15% off total purchases! Open 7 days a week 10-5.

Create your very own set of mittens or gingerbread people this week in the Art Studio - now through Dec. 15.
12/09/2019

Create your very own set of mittens or gingerbread people this week in the Art Studio - now through Dec. 15.

12/05/2019
Give the Gift of Membership - Discovery Center Museum

If you're searching for that perfect gift for a special family in your life, look no further. Give them the gift that keeps on giving all year long -- a museum membership!

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...

What's the project in the Art Studio this week you ask? Create your own Winter Shapes Silhouette and Line Art!
12/02/2019

What's the project in the Art Studio this week you ask? Create your own Winter Shapes Silhouette and Line Art!

11/27/2019

SALE! Visit Discovery Center's gift shop for the perfect holiday gifts! December 1-24, Members save 25% and Non-Members save 15% off your total purchase!

Join us for some green fun! #discoverycentermuseum #grinchygreen
11/27/2019

Join us for some green fun! #discoverycentermuseum #grinchygreen

What's your favorite kind of pie at Thanksgiving? Here's pie that your kiddos can make in our Art Studio this week! #dis...
11/19/2019

What's your favorite kind of pie at Thanksgiving? Here's pie that your kiddos can make in our Art Studio this week! #discoverycentermuseum #thanksgivingpie

11/18/2019

Discovery Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but we'll have lots of special activites on Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturday, Nov. 30!

Little ones can have a super time assembling a "thankful" turkey at our next Tot Spot classes for ages 2-6. We'll also p...
11/14/2019
Tot 2-6 Years - Discovery Center Museum

Little ones can have a super time assembling a "thankful" turkey at our next Tot Spot classes for ages 2-6. We'll also practice sharing and caring for others. Classes are Nov. 19-22. Advance registration is required. See link below for registration info.

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...

Immerse your family in a tasty tradition as you decorate a Gingerbread house to take home! We supply the houses, tools a...
11/13/2019
Family - Discovery Center Museum

Immerse your family in a tasty tradition as you decorate a Gingerbread house to take home! We supply the houses, tools and trimmings. You get their family fun and finished masterpiece. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click below for prices and registration. #Gingerbreadhouse #discoverycentermuseum

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...

💛💚GIVEAWAY ALERT💙💜Trolls LIVE! is coming to Rockford's BMO Harris Bank Center and 4 tickets will be given to one lucky f...
11/12/2019

💛💚GIVEAWAY ALERT💙💜
Trolls LIVE! is coming to Rockford's BMO Harris Bank Center and 4 tickets will be given to one lucky family!
Trolls love having fun, so what better way to welcome them than to show just how our fans like to have fun in our museum!
To Enter:
🌈Like this post on Facebook
🌈Comment on your favorite Discovery Center event & why

A winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, Nov. 14
For more information about the event: https://bit.ly/2Kgl1o7

Here is what your kiddos can create in our Art Studio this week through Sunday!
11/11/2019

Here is what your kiddos can create in our Art Studio this week through Sunday!

11/11/2019
The 2019 Transit of Mercury for Kids

It is pretty cloudy now in Rockford, but for our friends elsewhere, catch the rare Transit of Mercury today. Greatest visibility from around 9:30 - Noon Central Time. Below is a simple explanation!

A few times every century, Mercury and Earth's orbits align. When that happens, some people on Earth can watch Mercury pass in front of the sun. During this ...

Discovery Center is open 10-5 on Veterans Day. Vets and their immediate family members receive a $1 discount. Thank you ...
11/11/2019

Discovery Center is open 10-5 on Veterans Day. Vets and their immediate family members receive a $1 discount.

Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families made to protect our freedom.

Thanks to all who voted us "Best Child Friendly Place" in Rockford again this year. We love providing your family with t...
11/08/2019

Thanks to all who voted us "Best Child Friendly Place" in Rockford again this year. We love providing your family with the best place for fun learning! #discoverycentermuseum #whatrocks #werock #gorockford

Trains will be arriving at the Discovery Center station on Sunday and Monday! Join us for our Toy Trains & Friends event...
11/07/2019

Trains will be arriving at the Discovery Center station on Sunday and Monday! Join us for our Toy Trains & Friends event Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11 from 11-2 each day. We'll have a model train kids can operate and wooden trains kids can assemble, decorate and take home. We'll other train activities and craft projects, too! Event included with museum admission: $9/person; free to Members and all kids ages 1 and younger.

Look at the beautiful owls and bookmarks kids can create in our Art Studio through Sunday. The Art Studio is open 10-5 d...
11/05/2019

Look at the beautiful owls and bookmarks kids can create in our Art Studio through Sunday. The Art Studio is open 10-5 daily. #discoverycentermuseum #welovefall

Just a few pics from our Smashing Pumpkins event Nov. 3. Thanks to all who joined us and our volunteers from Collins Aer...
11/04/2019

Just a few pics from our Smashing Pumpkins event Nov. 3. Thanks to all who joined us and our volunteers from Collins Aerospace who welcomed, weighed and launched the jack-o-lanterns!

11/04/2019
Smashing Pumpkins 2019

Our giant trebuchet (counterweight catapult) launches a child's jack-o-lantern and splats in the parking lot! Thanks to our "launching expert" volunteers from Collins Aerospace.

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10/31/2019

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If you need a last-minute costume idea... 🤣

10/30/2019
Smashing Pumpkins Family Event at Discovery Center Museum

Smashing Pumpkins Event - kids can use a giant trebuchet to fling their jack-o-lanterns across the parking lot (or use them as targets) and watch them splat! Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 pm. Lots of indoor activities and demonstrations as well. Included with museum admission. $9/person; free to members and kids ages 1 and younger. #discoverycentermuseum #gorockford

Discovery Center Museum's cover photo
10/25/2019

Discovery Center Museum's cover photo

Scientific literature keeps confirming how beneficial free play is in a myriad of common sense (but also surprising) way...
10/24/2019
Four Surprising, Science-Backed Benefits of Free Play | Let Grow

Scientific literature keeps confirming how beneficial free play is in a myriad of common sense (but also surprising) ways. #playmatters #discoverycentermuseum

Neve Spicer is a veteran preschool teacher, child development researcher, and mom of three. She is also the founder and chief editor at WeTheParents, a site dedicated to evidence-based parenting and children's play -- like this post. You can catch her on Facebook and Twitter. Four Surprising Science...

WIFR TV's Andy and Danielle visited Discovery Center this morning and had some Halloween fun with our very own Ms. Corin...
10/22/2019
Spooky Science

WIFR TV's Andy and Danielle visited Discovery Center this morning and had some Halloween fun with our very own Ms. Corinne and Ms. Maggie! Click on the link to see all the fun! #discoverycentermuseum #spookyscience

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Visit our Art Studio now through Halloween and create some fun masks, hats and more!
10/21/2019

Visit our Art Studio now through Halloween and create some fun masks, hats and more!

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10/19/2019

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What could be better than slime, boo bubbles and zinc sulfide gluep to celebrate Halloween? Experience all 3 and lots mo...
10/18/2019
Spooky Science

What could be better than slime, boo bubbles and zinc sulfide gluep to celebrate Halloween? Experience all 3 and lots more at Spooky Science on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-9 at Discovery Center!

Friday, October 25; 6:00–9:00 p.m. $5 members; $10 public Show off your Halloween costume during this not-so-scary night of Halloween high-jinks at Discovery Center Museum! Explore the museum and follow the map to find goodies galore from one exhibit [...]

Learn more about the 2 awesome female astronauts who are outside the International Space Station for the first all-femal...
10/18/2019
WATCH: 2 American Women Astronauts Venture Out For First All-Female Spacewalk

Learn more about the 2 awesome female astronauts who are outside the International Space Station for the first all-female spacewalk! #AllWomanSpacewalk #Allfemalespacewalk

In what NASA is calling "HERstory" in space, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station on Friday to replace a bad battery charger.

10/18/2019
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Check out the live feed from the first all-female spacewalk today! #AllWomanSpacewalk

Tune in to watch the first #AllWomanSpacewalk! Starting at approximately 7:50 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 18, NASA Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will set their spacesuits to battery power before venturing outside of the International Space Station for a 5.5 hour spacewalk. The duo will work in the vacuum of space to replace a power controller that failed over the weekend. Watch:

10/10/2019
BMO Harris Bank Center: Event Details

GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!! Disney on Ice is coming to town and we have 4 tickets to give to one lucky family.
To win ticket vouchers:
✨Like this post
✨Comment below on your child's favorite Discovery Center exhibit or special event!
A winner will be randomly chosen and notified on Tues., Oct. 15. See link for more details on the show. #discoverycentermuseum

Courage leads the way, cutting the icy stage for Disney’s most adventurous dreamers at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.  For the first time in Europe, join fearless Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti, live on ic...

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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