Discovery Center Museum is committed to making its building, exhibits and programs accessible to visitors with special needs.

  • We adhere to the Smithsonian Institute's guidelines for accessibility.
  • We offer ramps, accessible restrooms, an elevator, and ample room around each exhibit.
  • Adult changing table onsite.
  • Our classes can also accommodate children (and their parents) with special needs.
  • Wheelchairs are available at Discovery Center. To ensure availability, please call in advance of your arrival.

Discovery Center offers several Fun for Everyone events each year for children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience our exhibits free of charge before/after the museum opens/closes to the public. Fun For Everyone begins at 8:30 am (unless otherwise noted). Families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public at 10:00 am. Advance registration is required. Click here to register. To learn more, call 815-963-6769 or email  

Future dates: 

Saturday, March 21: Spring into Science
8:30—10:00 am
Art and science go hand in hand during this morning of imaginative fun!
Enjoy spring-time activities and a planetarium show.

Saturday, April 11: Egg Hunt
8:30—10:00 am
Hunt for eggs, fill your basket with treats, create adorable art and construct cute crafts!

Friday, July 24: Superheroes & Princesses
5:30—7:30 pm
Join our gathering of superheroes and princesses!
Come in costume for an evening of fun-filled activities.

Saturday, September 26: Bubble Festival
8:30—10:00 am (Bubble Playground and Museum)
9:00 am Bubble Show (limited to first 90 people who sign up)
Experience a live bubble performance and have fun with other bubble activities!

Thursday, October 29: Spooky Science
5:30—7:30 pm
Show off your Halloween costume for a night of family fun!
Explore the museum while playing games, creating crafts, and more.

Thursday, December 31: Countdown to Fun
8:30—10:00 am
Ring in the New Year by counting down while having fun with confetti!


Social Stories

To download a Discovery social story word document click here.  For a pdf of the social story click here.

The social stories were generously provided by the Autism Program Service Center - Rockford.