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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.

 

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19; 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. Cost for General Public is $11 for children; $8 for adults. Cost for Members of either museum is FREE for adults and $2 for children. Cost includes admission to both museums.

 

Messy Monday

Monday, April 21; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Messy Monday dates occur on legal and school holidays and through out the summer.

 

Monstrous Sunday

Sunday, May 4; 11:00 am-3:00 pm

From whimsical to frightful, monsters are delightful. Come dressed as or bring your favorite monster for this mythical magical romp. Explore everyday physics principles that demystify movie magic. Plus, manufacture monstrous treats and create creature crafts. The place where science meets imagination will tease and please the little monster in all of us.

 

Astronomy Day

Saturday, May 10; 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.  Spnosored in part by Astro-Pysics.

 

Messy Monday

Monday, May 26; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Messy Monday dates occur on legal and school holidays and through out the summer.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, June 7; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

Call 815-972-2839 or email kimo@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

 

Chalk Fest  Family Friday

June 13,  2014; 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. 

Presented by Discovery Center and Rockford Art Museum.  Together we're hitting the Riverwalk to explore the amazing art that can be created using this simple material.  Invent your own chalk colors, see the artists at work on their designs, and help us color in a "chalk by number".

Click here to find out how to enter the contest as an artist.

 

Jim Gill Family Friday

June 20, 2014; Performances at 11:00a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Kids, parents and friends will be singing, dancing and sneezing during this lively performance buy nationally-known singer and musician, Jim Gill.

 

Pizza Palooza Family Friday

June 27, 2014; 11:00a.m.-3:30p.m. 

Pizza puzzles and crazy crafts revolve around our favorite food.  Investigate ingredients, make some dough, add to the giant pizza art piece and take the pizza delivery challenge.  

 

Kaboom! Family Friday

July 4, 2014; 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Experiment with explosions, launch mini rockets, construct a potato popper, and more!  Design and make your own light-up hat, assemble a sound sandwich, and create a patriotic collage.  Science and art are the stars in this red white and blue day of family fun. Leave your car parked here and walk downtown to the parade and fireworks.

 

E-I-E-I-O Family Friday

July 11, 2014  11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Hold a baby bunny or cradle a downy chick during this barnyard bonanza of fun.  Meet live turkeys, pigs, goats and ducks; plant seeds; play in the grain, and more.  Fashion a hat, decorate a barn and celebrate summer on the farm.

 

Star Wars Angry Birds Family Friday

July 18, 2014;  11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. 

Ready, aim, launch! When tiny aerial combatants with big attitudes harness the power of the Force, feathers fly! Design a crazy hat, make your own mask, and cobble together a device you can use to knock things down as we get into the science behind this physics phenomenon!

 

To Infinity and Beyond Family Friday

July 25, 2014; 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. 

Blast off with stellar science during this interactive event about the night sky.  Use your creativity to invent a brand new constellation picture, get in the know about what’s up with NASA, sample astronaut food, pilot a “rover”, race to the planets, and more!

 

Story Book Science Family Friday

August 1, 2014; 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. 

Once upon a time becomes here and now during this imaginative event! You be the hero, princesses, villain, or beast. Choose a character from stories, or movies or invent one of your own. Come in costume and enjoy games, art, crafts, and demonstrations. Grownups can play, too.

 

Creepy Crawlie Science Family Friday

August 8, 2014; 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. 

Make friends with live critters you would normally avoid! Cuddle up with a cockroach, wiggle like a worm, shake hands with a snake, and try your skills at arthropod art. Assemble an insect, copy some camouflage, and become a game show contestant to find out how bugs taste!  The wonder of these incredible creatures will encourage the most timid toucher.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, August 9; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

Call 815-972-2839 or email kimo@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, October 11; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

Call 815-972-2839 or email kimo@discoverycentermuseum.org.

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