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.
Saturday, August 23;
Sunday, August 24;
Foam blocks, cardboard and LEGOs are only the beginning as you build it bigger in Discovery Center’s temporary exhibition, Build It! Make It! Test the strength of paper dowels and assemble a sculpture from straws! Step into the “Make It” space and fabricate a bird feeder or construct garden art from recycled materials. Hands of all sizes are welcome in this amazing innovative hands-on space. Included with admission to Build It! Make It!
Admission: $1 for members / $2 for public in addition to $8 museum admission.
Monday, September 1;
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Create your own masterpiece using string, paper, paint and your imagination!
Saturday, September 20; 11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
This is the official day to turn off all things electronic, get off the couch, and play! Make your feet happy on our illuminated floor space and other new Body Shop exhibits; have fun with hula hoops; complete a maze; meet the Ice Hogs and Rockford Aviators’ mascots; enjoy a puppet show and more! Included with Museum admission.Sponsored in part by Forest City Gear and Members Alliance Credit Union.
Sunday, September 21; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Come to Discovery Center to commemorate this day celebrated across the globe! Join hands in a master-peace of art, find the Science Park Peace Pole and make one of your own, and learn about traditions from other countries. Included with Discovery Center admission.
Saturday, October 11; 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
We invite children with disabilities and their immediate familiesto experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the generalpublic. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission.
Sponsored by the Blazer Foundation.
Call 815-972-2839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 13; 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Let’s get rolling! No paintbrush needed. What can you make with a handful of marbles, paint and paper?
Friday, October 24; 7:30 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25; 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Come in costume for this non-scary night of Halloween fun. Bring your Trick-or-Treat bag and grab gobs of goodies in our exhibit spaces. Plus concoct glowing slime and make monstrous crafts! Network with eminent inventors and distinguished scientists who happen to be dead. Pick up a prize from Alfred Nobel, connect to Michael Faraday, mix with Dorothy Hodgkin, and experiment with science tricks that look like magic! $3 members; $9 public.
Sponsored in part by Upstream Investment Partners-Chad Henry/Troy Oates.
Saturday, November 1; 1–4 p.m.
Decorate your skull mask and shake your maracas! Discovery Center joins Rockford Art Museum, La Voz Latina, Rockford Dance Company, and Burpee Museum to celebrate this life affirming, family-building, engaging tradition. This event will be held at the Riverfront Museum Park campus; Discovery Center admission is extra.
Sunday, November 2; 1–4 p.m.
Calling all jack-o-lanterns! We’ll employ our giant trebuchet to transform your pumpkin porch décor into a parking lot projectile, or use it to buttress a citadel of squash! Join the fun and create a catapult, celebrate the harvest and have a smashing good time. Included with Discovery Center admission.
Sponsored in part by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Friday and Saturday, November 28–29; 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Turn cranberries into chemistry, engage in fruitcake physics, and find out what happens to whipped cream when it’s dropped in liquid nitrogen. Bring the family and kick off the holiday season with extraordinary demos and festive arts and crafts. Included with Discovery Center admission.
Sponsored in part by HMC Products.
December 26–30; 11:30–3:30 p.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of jolly as we merge hands-on arts and crafts with amazing math. Vote for your favorite cookie, fashion a snowflake, construct a kaleidoscope, and find the hidden shapes. Included with Discovery Center admission.
Wednesday, December 31; 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Design a party hat, create a noise maker, and get showered with confetti as we count down to midnight each hour. Ring in the New Year with this delightful blend of fun, art, and music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford. Included with Discovery Center admission.
Sponsored in part by SwedishAmerican Health System.