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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.

 

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.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, June 6; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. 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 sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Riverwalk Chalk Fest 2015

Saturday, June 13; 11:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m.

Discovery Center and Rockford Art Museum team up to explore the amazing art that can be created using chalk! We’ll supply the chalk, you bring your imagination! Invent your own colors, see professional artists and school teams at work on their designs, and create your own Kids’ Zone masterpiece using this simple and versatile material! This is a free event to the public. Discovery Center admission is not necessary unless you wish to enter into the museum. The event is sponsored by Associated Bank and Rockford Area Arts Council.

 

E-I-E-I-O

Friday, June 19; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Climb aboard the tractor and explore life on the farm! Get your arms around some live cuddly critters in our barnyard! Don’t miss the opportunity to play with your food; guess that grain; and become a contestant on the Wheel of Farming game show. Turn your fingerprints into a cow; create a crazy hat and more, with a quack quack here and a baa baa there!

 

CHEM-Tastic!

Friday, June 26; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

We’re mixing up a mess of chemical reactions! Add cold water to make heat; grow an instant crystal; concoct a fizzy potion; and create color changes that look like magic!  Turn chemistry inside out and use it to make a work of art; and take part in a dazzling demonstration! Dress for mess today!

 

Kaboom!

Friday, July 3; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 4; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Science and art are the stars during these red white and blue days of family fun! Discover the secret ingredients that put the oohs and ahhs in fireworks; test your rocket design and send a mini-missile soaring; create patriotic art; and more!  You’ll be the hit of the parade with a light-up hat and noise maker you invent yourself! On Saturday evening, leave the car parked here and take the short stroll downtown for festivities and fireworks.

 

Diggin’ Dinos     

Friday, July 10; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lace up your boots, put on your sunscreen, and head to Discovery Center’s outdoor dinosaur quarry. Uncover a mystery; play with plaster; test your mastery of the Mesozoic in our dinosaur game show; and use your Cretaceous creativity. Touch real dinosaur bones; talk to a paleontologist; and get a feel for fossils in this hands-on day of fun in the dirt!

 

Journey to Mars

Friday, July 17; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Attend an astronaut academy and become part of the engineering team that designs the wheels for a Mars Rover. Then check your trajectory; sample astronaut food; and get ready to blast off to the red planet! Attend a special planetarium show; view a NASA presentation; and more!   

 

Mission: Minecraft

Friday, July 24; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

     

Get your hands on real ore and examine rocks as you dig in and gather the materials needed to fashion a fortress. Transform minerals into metal; harness the sun’s energy; make a zombie deflector; and practice your building skills. Transform physics, math, and chemistry into survival tools you can use in this hands-on adaptation of the popular game!

 

Gettin’ Corny

Friday, July 31; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

                  

How many ways do we use corn? Explore the many facets of this incredibly versatile plant as we manufacture biodegradable plastic; invent a popcorn topping; concoct a non-Newtonian fluid; witness ethanol explosions; sample sugars; make a-maize-ing art; and even take part in corny math!

 

Frozen

Friday, August 7; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    

Liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and instant snow are just the beginning of this chilly experience. Check yourself for brain freeze; toss a snowball at the target; make a melty masterpiece; and see what Olaf can teach you about science! Come in costume!  Bring your gloves!

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, August 8; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. 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 sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Whoosh and Sploosh

Friday, August 14; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

          

What fun you’ll have with drips and drops and breezes and gusts on this wacky day when liquids and gases take center stage. Use wind and water to create a work of art! Defy gravity; make a toy; and take part in science demos that will blow you away! Dress to get wet and wind-blown!

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

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

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. 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 sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

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