Entering 3rd-4th Grades

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Camps for kids entering 3rd and 4th grade use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to delve deep into a topic of scientific importance.


Camp sessions run Monday - Thursday

Time: 9 am - Noon (before-care option available starting at 7:45 am);  Afternoon Camps 1-4 pm

A full day option is available for several camps by pairing a Discovery Center morning camp with an afternoon camp with Discovery Center, Rockford Art Museum (located in the same building with us) or Burpee Museum of Natural History (located next door).

Fees: $90 public / $80 members per morning or afternoon camps. Rockford Art Museum and Burpee camps are the same prices, but paid for separately.

No discount for partial attendance. Before-care option is $5/day per child.

Register: Advance registration is required and closes 5:00 pm on Monday the week before class..

Three ways to register: online at discoverycentermuseum.org; call 815-963-6769; or stop by our office between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays. 

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

Snacks: You are welcome to send a snack.

Lunch: For full day camps, bring a snack, lunch and a drink.

Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available - call 815-963-6769 for details.


Villains and Cosplay

June 18-21

In real life, we follow the rules and lend a hand. But being evil can be so much fun! This week we create characters and explore comedy inspired by the bad guys. What does the Big Bad Wolf buy his mother for her birthday? How does an apprentice villain create a signature phrase? It’s all in good fun and heroes are welcome to appear. Just a note: even though we’ll be creating villains, the week is primarily about science fiction, the trial and error of good cosplay, and comic book fun! Real villains need not apply.


FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Through Exploration

Get a little messy and a lot creative in this week of hands-on creativity! Using materials from paint to clay to fiber and more, campers are sure to have a great time while learning about art in its many forms. 

To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.


A Series of Unfortunate Experiments

June 25-28

Learn about lab safety and conduct experiments that look like magic as we explore chemistry, engineering, and physics! Take an in-depth look at the lives of the Baudelaire Orphans and help them outwit and outsmart Count Olaf. Can you discover the secret to keep the family fortune safe? (Caution: Some minor explosions will occur!)


FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Delightfully Deadly Dinosaurs
Giant teeth, sharp claws, and strong tails are ready for you to examine, hold and explore as we learn all about dinosaurs! Peek into our PaleoLab “behind the scenes” at Burpee for a live view of what our scientists are discovering. Learn how paleontologists go from digging dino bones to a assembling fully mounted skeleton like Jane. You will step into the world of Jane and Homer in the late Cretaceous, as well as explore micro-raptors. Come dressed for a dig as you step into the shoes of a real paleontologist!

To register for the afternoon Burpee Museum camp, call 815-965-3433.


Treasure Hunters

July 9-12

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for mess in this muddy camp as we dig for worms and explore other critters that live beneath. Unearth ancient artifacts, examine real dinosaur bones, pan for “gold,” and uncover rocky treasures as we explore the hidden wonders within the earth’s crust.


FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Discovery Center

Robotic Adventurers
TOP SECRET! Team up to program your secret agent sidekick—a MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot—to help you tackle challenges you’ll face throughout your weeklong mission. Develop digital literacy skills while designing and programming your robot to maneuver mysterious mazes, crack cryptic codes and collect enigmatic clues. Are you ready, recruits? This message will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1...



July 16-19

This week is one giant science experiment! Can you really slip on a banana peel? Will eating pop rocks and drinking soda make your stomach explode? Can ninjas walk on water? Using physics and chemistry basics, design, test and conduct experimental trials to prove or disprove various urban legends and age-old misconceptions. Combine the scientific method with wild curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity as you explode a week’s worth of myths.


Muggles and Wizards

July 23-26

Alohomora! Unlock the secrets of the wizarding world as you discover the science of real magic. Explore the halls of Hogwarts as your Potions Master teaches you how to double boil a chocolate frog, and discover the secret powers of extraordinary edible plants. Do you dare to try a worm-flavored jelly bean? Have you ever peered into a crystal ball? Jump on your broomstick, navigate the night sky, and make your own magical treats to share with your family.


FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Water Wonders
Dive into the wonders of underwater ecosystems! From rivers to ponds to oceans, you become a scientist studying what lurks below the surface. On the banks of the Rock River, our AquaAerobics Water lab allows you to be hands-on with real water testing, examine live wild animals, and learn about the health of our local waterways. Put your gloves on (or not) and spend time dissecting creatures of the world's H2O. Spend time with our aqua life touch tanks and feel the differences between creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes! You won’t want to miss this hydro-excitement!

To register for the afternoon Burpee Museum camp, call 815-965-3433.


Stormtrooper Boot Camp

July 30-Aug. 2

Blast off into an astronomical camp and explore our skies! Learn what propels a rocket, test your astronaut skills, see the stars in our planetarium and navigate constellations by making your own telescope. Would you survive on Hoth? We’ll find out!


FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Around the World

Take a trip around the world and through history! Campers will learn about the art of different cultures and create their own versions of some of the world’s most remarkable artistic traditions.  

To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.