Discovery Center Museum, Rockford

4.8
#2 of 12 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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  • In January of 2017 visited with Grandkids and rate a 5, this time only a 4. This is still a great place for preschool to early Jr. High age children, but there were at least 5 exhibits that did not wo...  more »
  • I love this place! I buy yearly passes for my sons and their families as a Christmas gift each year. They go a lot on rainy days, or just something fun to do with the family. With the pass, they don't...  more »
  • We have taken our grand-niece there several times. She particularly enjoyed her recent visit, playing with numerous things that she had not played with before. Then coming back to her old favorites th...  more »
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  • Great interactive children's museum covering many areas of nature and hard science. Exciting hands on exploratory activities that explain science to children 5-14. The outdoor playground is fun and can provide a good two hours of entertainment to a group of children. Many activities are scheduled and overnights with special activities and experiments are available to youth organizations like cub scouts. A real great place to spend half a day. They have numerous educational nooks filled with relevant science books. I've never been able to get the kids to sit still long enough but it seems well worth the effort.
  • Really pleasurable experience and great highlight of Rockford. If you have children and find yourself in the Rockford area, i highly recommend a stop to the Children's Museum. The outdoor play area was EXCELLENT, top notch. The displays and interactive experiences inside are second almost to none. We had a great time and would love to do it again. Even worth the 1.5 hour drive to visit on a saturday :)
  • This children's museum has exhibits of all kinds. Yesterday we spent our time outside finding the secret garden and learning how sound travels. Everything is interactive! Kids of all ages will be able to enjoy different parts of the exhibits! On Mondays there is a craft time called Messy Mondays that were enjoyable. Be sure to check out Bug Invasion on the second floor and see how many levels you can reach.
  • This is a great place for kids to play and learn! The chemistry, electricity, and planitarium shows are informative and fun. The discovery center has two floors of indoor activities and a large outdoor play area. Also, they typically have a section for traveling exhibits that change out every few months, so there is always something new!
  • We loved the Discovery Center! There was something for all my kids to enjoy at each exhibit. We stayed 5 hours and could have stayed longer had our schedule allowed.

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