Entering 5th-6th Grades

Make your child’s summer magical with a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience.

Camps for kids entering 5th and 6th grade use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to delve deep into a topic of scientific importance.


Camp sessions run Monday - Thursday

TIme: 9 am - Noon

A full day option is available for several camps by pairing a Discovery Center morning camp with an afternoon camp with the Rockford Art Museum (located in the same building with us!)

Fees: $90 public / $80 members

No discount for partial attendance

Advance registration is required and closes 5:00 pm on Monday the week before class.

Three ways to register: online at discoverycentermuseum.org; call 815-963-6769; or stop by our office between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays. 

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.


Session 1C: Maker Maker

June 12-15

Create your own simple interactive animations, learn the basics of computer programming, and design a simple computer game using newly developed Scratch Junior. Create your own smart tool to “draw” music as you discover basic programming principles and soldering. (Additional Fee)


Session 2C: Mystery Masters

NEW!!! Full day option by adding on the Rockford Art Museum afternoon session “ABC’s of ART”. More information coming soon.

June 19-22

Get a modern-day sleuth’s perspective on crime-solving techniques as you explore the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. Call on your powers of deductive reasoning and sift through clues to crack the case!


Session 3C: Camp Ichy - Camp Cancelled

June 26-29

Dive into the science of our fine-finned friends and exercise the art of the lure. Become an agile angler as you study the ancient Japanese method of Tenkara and work on your fly fishing method on the mighty Rock River. Adventure awaits in this fun filled week of Japanese culture, fishing, and mythology!


Session 4C: Laugh Factory

July 10-13

In this brand new camp, kids workout their sense of play through basic performance games and exercises that are the foundation of Improv Comedy.  Campers become more confident, work on public speaking, and learn to be a member of an ensemble. This camp is taught by former Second City Instructor and seasoned stage performer Jim Taylor.


Session 5C: Pikachu, I choose you!

July 17-20

Want to be the very best? Come and explore the world of Pokémon, and learn to become a Pokémon Master using science and navigation skills. Plot your map in the world of Pikachu, delve into anime, design your own Pokémon mascot, and more in this immersive camp.


Session 6C: Roller Coaster Tycoon

July 17-20

Master the forces of potential and kinetic energy!  Design and build your own roller coaster and then expand on this thrill ride with corkscrews turns and tunnels.  Harness elastic and gravitational potential energy as you invent and experiment with toys that move!  Explore the science behind the fun in this camp about physics. 


Session 7C: Getting into Guts

NEW!!! Full day option by adding on the Rockford Art Museum afternoon session “3D Discovery Camp”. More information coming soon.

July 31-August 3

Biology nuts will go bananas for this camp! Dissect a real eyeball, examine actual lungs, and study the “ins” and “outs” of digestion. Then test what you’ve learned as you grab a scalpel to dissect a preserved shark on the last day!