Discovery Center Museum, Rockford

4.8
#2 of 11 in Things to do in Rockford
Hands-on exhibits encourage children of all ages to play, explore, create and, ultimately, discover the joy of learning! Exhibits relate to math, color & light, Midwest wild weather, agriculture, communication, health and the human body, nanoscience, the science of sports and more. Discovery Center also boosts an award-winning outdoor park. Visit soon and see why Discovery Center Museum is ranked the #4 children's museum in the nation by Child magazine and a top 12 museum by Forbes.com.
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  • I'm so glad we visited and I wish we could have stayed longer! This place had a few familiar exhibits (tornado, bicycle electrical generators, ball ramps, etc) but most was stuff we hadn't seen before...  more »
  • The Discovery center is a child centered, hands-on approach to teaching children Science. It is a fun and creative place to spend an afternoon with children of all ages.  more »
  • Took the kids, ages 4, 6, and 11 after the first week of winter break. We stayed about 4 hours and probably could have stayed longer. Fun for all ages. Even though there were a lot of people, it didn'...  more »
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  • The kids love it. The outdoor play area is great during summer. They always get sick after playing inside though...I just want to bring in a huge bottle of Lysol. Sanitizing hands randomly isn't cutting it. Also almost every time we come there is always at least one exhibit on floor two that is out of order. They always have it fixed by the next time we come but then a different one is broke. I highly recommend getting the family membership that is good for a year. It saves a lot of money in the end. I really do love bringing my kids here, and they also love it.
  • Very friendly staff, super helpful and cheerful. It's a great place for kids of all ages. There is a mini planetarium and the show cost $1, definitely worth the price. Overall kids can spend 4-5 hours here learning a lot of interesting things. Ample parking and it's never crowded. There is no cafeteria or food court, so please plan to bring your own food. You can always go out to fetch food and enter again. There are tables to sit and eat inside.
  • This is the ultimate hands on museum. We were here for three hours, but our school age kids would have been happy to stay for much longer. Our only disappointment was that the science park was closed due to weather conditions (cold and drizzly), but our kids would have been happy to go play in it anyway. I wish they would allow people to go out at their own risk. The staff was friendly and even took our coats for us.
  • Great museum with so much to do at an affordable price. Would be a member of we lived closer. We will go back next time we are in town.
  • This is a very fun and educational place for all ages. My high schooler likes it, my granddaughters 5 and 2 like it and my grandson with special needs likes it. So great to have this available!

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