Spend the night at Discovery Center! Select from our scheduled dates and below or invent your own overnight adventure with a Private Camp-In (call 815-972-2843 to schedule your private overnight). We may combine your group with another to meet minimum numbers. Purchase your tickets as soon as you are able; some events will sell out.

Ticket sales close one week prior to event.

*To purchase your tickets, click on the date of the event on the list below*

Fees: $30 per child / $15 per adult. Fee includes all activity materials, evening snack, morning breakfast; scouts receive Discovery Center Museum patch. Scout awards not included.

Scholarships: If you think you may be eligible for a scholarship, contact Meghan Richards at scouts@discoverycentermuseum.org or call 815-972-2843. Scholarships are based on a child’s eligibility for a school’s free or reduced lunch program.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available up to one week prior to event. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

For additional questions, contact Meghan Richards at scouts@discoverycentermuseum.org or call 815-972-2843.


Private Camp-In 2017-18
Camp-In Adult Survival Guide


Mystery Crime Lab: Saturday, April 21, 2018 (Event Tickets - Sold Out)

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

Put on your detective hat and use forensic science to solve this case! Examine fingerprints, take apart ink, crack a code, measure footprints, and more.  

Brownies work toward Home Scientist Badge; Juniors work toward Detective Badge; Cadettes work toward Special Agent Badge.


Natural Disasters: Friday, April 6, 2018

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

Make a miniature volcano, capture a cloud, bottle a tornado, experience the hair-raising effects of lightning, boost your disaster preparedness, and witness an explosive demo!