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Special Exhibits

A new adventure every time you visit!

Open Through January 4, 2015

New Exhibit Hours beginning October 14

Monday - Friday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm









Creative sparks will fly.

Magic will happen!

Creativity will flow in the Build It! Make It! exhibit open now at Discovery Center this fall. Visitors will design, create and construct whatever they can imagine as we fill the 5,000 square feet of Woodward Exhibit Hall with all kinds of building items. The hall is a creative space to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools!

Admission: $1 for members / $2 for public in addition to $8 museum admission.

In the Build It areas, Thinker Linkers, Legos, K’Nex, and our Imagination Playground giant foam blocks are just the beginning of the imaginative construction zone. Make It areas provide opportunities for children to explore and invent using real materials and real tools.

Discovery Center is excited to jump on board with the Maker Movement, the art of designing and making really cool things. The Maker Movement is quickly gaining popularity across the country. We know that this kind of play—messing around with materials and assembling structures—fosters creative thinking and promotes an intuitive understanding of mathematics and physics as children learn balance, geometry and collaboration while they play. Making encourages a deep engagement with content, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration while sparking curiosity.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are embodied in the Maker Movement. The Build It! Make It! exhibit is another way Discovery Center strives to provide fun and engaging opportunities to foster much-needed interest and enthusiasm in children for STEM fields.

Sponsored in part by JL CLark, The Kjellstrom Family Foundation, Stenstrom Companies, Rj Link International, Rock River Valley Tooling and Machining Association and Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.


Build It! Make It!

Rockford Art Deli

Sat., Oct. 11; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

University of Illinois Extension 4-H Tech Wizards

Saturday, October 18;

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Home Depot Project

Sat., Oct. 25; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tony from Vince the Taylor

Sat., Nov. 8; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tinkering Tuesday

Tues., Nov. 11; 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Home Depot Project

Sat., Nov. 15; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Home Depot Project

Sat., Dec. 13; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.