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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.


Orion Launch Celebration

December 4; 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come celebrate NASA’s next step into space on Thursday, December 4th! NASA will be launching the new Orion spacecraft for its first test flight at 6 am and we will have a live viewing of the splashdown as it returns to Earth around 10:30 am. We will then have a big celebration of all things Orion from 1:00 to 4:00 that afternoon. Come build your own spacecraft, color a constellation, see a planetarium show, launch a rocket, and more!


Holiday Hoopla

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.


Countdown to Fun!

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.


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