familyFamily classes are for parents, grandparents, and children. These multi-generational classes combine science and fun! One adult required for every two children.

Advance registration required. Payment must accompany registration. Registration closes 4:00 pm Friday the week before class. Register either online, call 815-963-6769, or stop by our office during normal business hours.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

Class registration starts August 22 for members and August 24 for the general public.


Gingerbread House Family Class - Click here to register!

Sunday, November 26; 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Start the holiday season with this delectable tradition as you decorate a Gingerbread House to take home! We’ll have houses, the tools, all the trimmings, and even clean up all the mess – you get the family fun and the finished masterpiece. Select the number of houses your family would like to decorate. Sampling is encouraged in this sweet class sure to satisfy your inner elf.

Suggested ages: 4 and up

Child: Members $6 / Public $10

Fully assembled gingerbread house: $10

Adults: no charge


Family Break-Out Holiday Specials

Put your collective brainpower to the test: unravel the riddles, puzzle out the predicament, decode the conundrum and unlock the clues so you and your family can literally unlock the box!

Suggested ages: 8-108

Child: Members $8 / Public $12

Adults: no charge


Asteroid Attack!   Click here to register!

Disaster is rapidly approaching our planet in the form of a huge asteroid on a collision course! You and your family have been asked to join a secret team in space for an extremely dangerous task. Your mission: Land on the asteroid, drill a hole, and place a bomb in the hole. The resulting explosion will annihilate the asteroid before it destroys Earth! The clock is ticking…

Session 1  Friday, November 24, 2:00-3:15

Session 2  Friday, November 24, 4:00-5:15

Session 3  Saturday, November 25, 2:00-3:15

Session 4  Saturday, November 25, 4:00-5:15


A Christmas Story!  Click here to register!

Oh, fudge! The slightly (or seriously) dysfunctional Parker family’s story of leg lamps, bunny suits, and BB guns is in danger! TBS wants to lock the film away in its movie vault for the next two decades! Can you imagine a Christmas season without 24 hours of A Christmas Story??? Don’t be a nincompoop; crack open the clues to save this beloved movie classic! There just might be a major award waiting for you!

Session 1  Thursday, December 28, 2:00-3:15

Session 2  Thursday, December 28, 4:00-5:15

Session 3  Friday, December 29, 2:00-3:15

Session 4  Friday, December 29, 4:00-5:15

Session 5  Saturday, December 30, 2:00-3:15

Session 6  Saturday, December 30, 4:00-5:15


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One adult required for every two children.