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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.


Mornings of Fun for Everyone

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 sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.


Messy Monday - Marble Painting

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?


PNC Mobile Learning Adventure

Thursday, October 16;  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

PNC will be bringing a Mobile Learning Adventure for kids to the Discovery Center Museum parking lot on Thursday, October 16 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. It includes interactive kiosks, free photo ops, craft area and free giveaways. The event is free. The PNC Mobile Learning Adventure does not include admission to the Museum.


Discover the Spirits

Friday, October 24; 7:30 p.m. -11:00 p.m.

Click here for details about this exciting fundraiser.


Spooky Science

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 and UTC Aerospace Systems.


Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 1; 1–4 p.m.

$6 adults / $4 ages 3-17 / $15 for the entire family

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.


Smashing Pumpkins

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 Northwest Bank and Thermo Fisher Scientific.


Leftover Science

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.


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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