Events

  • From Feb 09, 2019 9:00 am until 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. Includes Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day. Advanced registration is required. To receive free admission call 815-972-2839 or RSVP online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSM5laL46bXCy-529F6t7Cl55EUtB3NasKsDzgBnO0HXxPKQ/viewform
  • From Feb 17, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Adventure is in the air! Get your hands on the controls of these amazing model trains! The conductor will punch your ticket so you can build and decorate your own wooden train car that fits your magnetic train set at home! Little train enthusiasts will love asking questions, learning how to operate a train and getting their hands on the controls of model trains courtesy of our friends from the Rock River Valley Division of the National Model Train Association. Then it’s full steam ahead for more fun with Thomas & Friends™. Included with Thomas & Friends™ admission: $1 Members; $11 Public.
  • From Feb 21, 2019 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Come in your PJs for milk and cookies, stories and songs about your favorite train, and explore Thomas & Friends™ before steaming home to dreamland! Advance reservations required. Call 815-963-6769 or visit http://discoverycentermuseum.tamretail.net/SelectEvent.aspx?eventID=1003277 . Included with Thomas & Friends™ admission: $1 Members; $11 Public.
  • From Feb 23, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Join the fun and find out what engineers do! Hone your skills as you tinker and test and solve your way through a score of displays provided by local engineers. Local high school teams are also on hand, showing off their robotics expertise. Engage your brain as you explore the many ways engineering happens in the Rock River Valley! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger. Sponsored by TAC Rockford, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, and Nicor Gas.
  • From Mar 09, 2019 11:00 am until 2:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Our Farm Bureau friends have joined us again for this seed-sprouting good time. Explore the ways agriculture makes use of science, technology, engineering, and math! Meet a local farmer, climb aboard a tractor, get the scoop on soil, and more! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
  • From Mar 23, 2019 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Bundle up your bindle and jump on board! Enjoy stories, songs, history, and humor as a local storyteller shares her real-life train adventures! Then practice talking like a train and make your own whistle! This 45-minute performance at 11:00 a.m. repeats again at 2:00 p.m. Included with Thomas & Friends™ admission: $1 Members; $11 Public.
  • From Mar 25, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Art and science go hand-in-hand during these days of imaginative fun! Create colors from nature, learn about light, and explore the shapes found outdoors! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
  • From Mar 26, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Art and science go hand-in-hand during these days of imaginative fun! Create colors from nature, learn about light, and explore the shapes found outdoors! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
  • From Mar 27, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Art and science go hand-in-hand during these days of imaginative fun! Create colors from nature, learn about light, and explore the shapes found outdoors! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
  • From Mar 28, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Art and science go hand-in-hand during these days of imaginative fun! Create colors from nature, learn about light, and explore the shapes found outdoors! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
  • From Mar 29, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Art and science go hand-in-hand during these days of imaginative fun! Create colors from nature, learn about light, and explore the shapes found outdoors! Included with Museum admission: $8/person Public; Free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
  • From Apr 06, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    You be the engineer and work the controls of a real model train! Get your ticket punched, then create your own wooden trains to take home, courtesy of the Rock River Valley Division of the National Model Train Association. And don’t’ forget to shovel some coal, fix some wheels and climb aboard your favorite blue engine in the Thomas & Friends™ exhibit! Included with Thomas & Friends™ admission: $1 Members; $11 Public.
  • From Apr 13, 2019 10:00 am until Apr 13, 2019 2:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
    What do nurses do? Find out as friends from St. Anthony School of Nursing lead you through their day! Take vital signs, use a stethoscope, check X-rays, and maneuver through the digestion obstacle course. Complete your nursing chart, bling your badge, and get pinned! Included with Museum admission. Sponsored by St. Anthony College of Nursing.
  • From Apr 19, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Boil up some eggs, grab the kids and the creativity, and hop on over to Discover Center! We supply dye, stickers, and other colorful stuff for egg-ceptionally beautiful Easter eggs from ninja turtles to unicorns, and stained glass windows to watercolor masterpieces. Bring your own eggs, and leave the clean up to us! No registration, just drop in when you are ready. Recommended for ages 4 and up. One adult required for every two children. Museum admission not required, but not included with event. $1/Member child; $2/Public child; adults no charge.
  • From Apr 20, 2019 9:00 am until 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. Enjoy a special egg hunt in our museum spaces. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day. Advanced registration is required. To receive free admission call 815-972-2839 or RSVP online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSM5laL46bXCy-529F6t7Cl55EUtB3NasKsDzgBnO0HXxPKQ/viewform
  • From Apr 20, 2019 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Discovery Center and Burpee Museum team up for double the fun! Kids ages 9 and under can fill their baskets with treats as they hunt for eggs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Kids little and big can get creative with spring-time crafts and adorable art! Come early and enjoy both museums at one great price! Member kids: $3, Public: $10 adults, $12 kids.
  • From Apr 27, 2019 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Chime in on your favorite fun train tunes, learn classic folk songs, and even practice the locomotion! Free or discounted admission if your share a name with Thomas or one of his friends. Sing-along times: 10:45 am, 11:45 am, and 12:45 pm. Included with Thomas & Friends™ admission: $1 Members; $11 Public.
  • From May 11, 2019 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Investigate the sun, moon, and planets, and get inspired to learn more during a free planetarium show. Monkey around with gravity, put the solar system in your pocket, navigate the constellations, and more! Included with Museum admission.
  • From May 12, 2019 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
    At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
    Thomas and his friends are heading toward the roundhouse, but there’s still one more day to play and learn! Make a special Thomas train to take with you, and explore the Island of Sodor one more time! Free or discounted admission if your share a name with Thomas or one of his friends. Included with Thomas & Friends™ admission: $1 Members; $11 Public.
  • From Jun 08, 2019 9:00 am until 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. Spiderman makes a special visit. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day. Advanced registration is required. To receive free admission call 815-972-2839 or RSVP online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSM5laL46bXCy-529F6t7Cl55EUtB3NasKsDzgBnO0HXxPKQ/viewform
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