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Featured Events

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

 

 

Ice Cube Painting Messy Monday

Monday, January 19; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

  

Sizzling Sunday

Sunday, January 25; 1:00–4:00 pm

Come and visit Costa Rica with Discovery Center as we explore volcanoes, tromp through the rain forest, swim through a tropical reef, and sample the local cuisine of this Central American gem. Check out the poison arrow frogs that call this place home, experiment with nanotechnology as you examine the blue Morpho butterfly, and design and test out your own zipline! WHOA!

 

Chocolate Sundae Sunday

Sunday, February 8, 2:00–4:00 pm

$1.50 Members / $2.50 Public; Museum admission is extra.

Join us for this delicious annual event! Enjoy a sundae you design yourself, create special valentine crafts, and dance to the tunes of the Auburn Jazz Ensemble.

Sponsored in part by Dean Foods

 

Bubble Wrap Printing Messy Monday

Monday, February 16; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Discover Engineering

Saturday, February 21, 11:00 am–3:30 pm

We’re kicking off National Engineers Week as dozens of professional engineers from local firms set up shop in Discovery Center spaces to give kids and adults hands-on experiences. Engage your brain and conquer fun challenges, meet high school robotics teams, erect your own edifice, make-and-take some amazing stuff, and enjoy special science demonstrations.

Sponsored in part by Illinois Society of Professional Engineers- Rockford Chapter; TAC Rockford; Powmet, Inc.; Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.; Women of Today's Manufacturing

 

National Pig Day

Sunday, March 1; 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Meet some wee little piggies, put on a pig tail, bring home the bacon, make a piggy bank, and learn about these amazing creatures!

 

Found Objects Printing Messy Monday

Monday, March 2; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Pi Day

Saturday, March 14; 11:00 am–3:00 pm

Pi (without the “e”) is the Greek letter (π) used in mathematics to represent the irrational number (3.14159…) that results when dividing the circumference of a circle by it diameter. Join the celebration around the globe on 3/14/15 as we party and play with circles and shapes and puzzles and games!

 

Bubble Festival

Saturday, March 21

Tickets in advance: $4 Public; $3 Members;

At the Door: $5 Public; $4 Members;

Registration opens February 3; Museum admission is extra

Discovery Center celebrates National Bubble Week with bubble-celebrity Geoff Akins Hannah’s live performances and sudsy science fun. After the show, join us in the Bubble-Palooza Playground to test your soapy skill with bubble art and activities for the whole family!

Sponsored in part by Alpine Bank

 

 

Nano Day

Saturday, March 28; 11:30 am–3:30 pm

Explore the incredible infinitesimal world of Nano Science! Greeting cards that sing, fabric that stretches, and thermom­eters that turn color owe their remarkable properties to this cutting-edge technology. Meet real scientists, learn about future applications, and delve into special hands-on projects as you discover how tiny size can make an enormous difference.

Sponsored in part by Viking Chemical Company; NISE Network

 

 

Spring into Science

Monday-Friday, March 30–April 3

Engage in fun art activities and enjoy live science demonstrations.

 

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4; 10:00 am–3:00 pm

Discovery Center joins Burpee Museum for this annual egg-stravaganza! Hop into your favorite museum to fill your basket with yummy treats. Kids 9 and under can look for eggs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The rest of the time, children of all ages can create super springtime art and jump into egg-cellent fun.

Members of either museum: Children $2/Adults no charge Public: Children: $11/Adults $8, includes admission to both museums

 

Spray Bottle Painting Messy Monday

Monday, April 6; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 25; 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Discovery Center celebrates National Astronomy Day with free planetarium shows, star maps, and glittery star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star the Sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club.

Sponsored in part by Astro–Physics, Inc.

 

 

Fizzicks Fiesta – Tres de Mayo

Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:00–4:00 pm

Help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early and find out how physics can make you mighty! Construct a siege engine, manu­facture a maraca, fizz the colors of the Mexican flag, pin the tale on the piñata and more! Wear your huaraches and take part in live physics demos that will blow your sombrero off!

 

Blow Painting Messy Monday

Monday, May 25; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

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