Discovery Center Museum, Rockford

4.7
#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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  • July 26, 2017
    We were on our way through town and stopped in for the afternoon. We ended up staying until it closed at 5pm. It was amazing! We have four young kids who loved this place. From the moment you walk in ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    If you haven't been here you NEED to go! I don't know who has more fun the adults or the kids! It's hours of learning made fun so many cool exhibits! I take my niece and nephew once a year and had mad...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This place has hands on displays and role playing area where kids can play. There is so much to see and do. My niece and nephew will only leave when they are closing.  more »
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  • May 13, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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 :)
  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • May 19, 2017
    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!
  • June 5, 2017
    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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