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Discovery Center offers a myriad of special events, programs, classes and more.

All special events are included with admission to Discovery Center Museum unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger. Classes have separate charges.

To find out what is happening on any given day, please refer to the listings below or click on our Calendar.

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From Jun 28, 2017 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week Leaf Prints.
From Jun 29, 2017 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Aargh… Pirate Tales!
From Jun 30, 2017 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Avast, there, me hearties! Sharpen your pirate skills and dress for wet!
From Jul 03, 2017 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Japanese Woodblock Printing with IAC Interns. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 04, 2017 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Discover the secret ingredients that put the oohs and ahhs in fireworks during this family fun event! Enjoy live science demos, launch a rocket, paint a fireworks display, and make a red white and blue masterpiece!
From Jul 05, 2017 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week Natural Paint Brushes.
From Jul 06, 2017 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Delightful Dragons, and Rapunzel will also be here making a special appearance!
From Jul 07, 2017 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Explore a world of fantastic beasts as we turn Discovery Center spaces into something out of a book!
From Jul 08, 2017 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event in the Discovery Center parking lot. Have experts check your car seats to make sure they are installed properly.
From Jul 10, 2017 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Balloon Painting with Brittany Heath. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 12, 2017 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week Butterflies.
From Jul 13, 2017 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Life’s a Beach, and a Mermaid Princess will also be here making a special appearance!
From Jul 14, 2017 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Defy gravity like Superman, use a special mask to turn everything Green Lantern’s color, meet some caped crusaders, and more!
From Jul 17, 2017 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Bubble Blowing Painting with Pam Peterson. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 19, 2017 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week Scavenger Hunt.
From Jul 20, 2017 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is What’s Bugging You? Insect Stories.
From Jul 21, 2017 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
What will you be when you grow up? Talk to the real women and men who work in our town and find out what they do!
From Jul 24, 2017 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Japanese Cherry Blossoms with April Graves. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 26, 2017 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week Sunflowers.
From Jul 27, 2017 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Under the Sea, and a Polynesian Princess will also be here making a special appearance!