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Discovery Center offers a myriad of special events, programs, classes and more.

All special events are included with admission to Discovery Center Museum unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger. Classes have separate charges.

To find out what is happening on any given day, please refer to the listings below or click on our Calendar.

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From Jun 21, 2018 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Dino-mite Dinosaur Stories.
From Jun 22, 2018 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Get down and dirty in Discovery Center's outdoor dig site and learn how to jacket a bone.
From Jun 24, 2018 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Discovery Center will close at 3:30 pm June 24. The Marvel-ous Magical Evening Fundraiser begins at 5:00 for VIP tickets and 6:00 for all tickets.
From Jun 24, 2018 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Fundraiser
When can you sing along with tiara-clad princesses, flex your muscles with caped superheroes, enjoy scrumptious kid-approved food, and help your favorite Children’s Museum, all while taking pleasure in a marvelous magical evening? During Discovery Center’s brand new fundraiser this summer!
From Jun 25, 2018 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Golf Ball Painting. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jun 27, 2018 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week features Owl Cuffs.
From Jun 28, 2018 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Whale Tales.
From Jun 29, 2018 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Play in the water, mess with magnets, and witness the wonders of fire in Discovery Center's own version of Pokemon regional gyms.
From Jul 02, 2018 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Nature Printing. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 04, 2018 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Holidays
Explore where the oohs and ahhs originate for fireworks during this family fun event!
From Jul 05, 2018 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
From Jul 06, 2018 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Find the physics that maintains a basketball's spin and locate the levers in your favorite sport.
From Jul 09, 2018 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Liquid Chalk Pictures. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 11, 2018 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week features Rain Painting.
From Jul 12, 2018 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Wacky Weather.
From Jul 13, 2018 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Family Fridays
Pull on your boots and overalls for this rural romp as we explore the farm!
From Jul 14, 2018 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 public.
From Jul 16, 2018 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Messy Mondays
Messy Monday - Marble Painting. Messy Mondays are in the Art Studio from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.
From Jul 18, 2018 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Explore hands-on gardening activities each Wednesday in the Secret Garden. This week features Caterpillars.
From Jul 19, 2018 11:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events, Secret Garden Summer Series
Join us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Aargh! Pirate Tales.