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Special Events, Programs & More

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 ($9.00 beginning June 1. 2019); $8 ($9.00 beginning June 1. 2019) 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 19, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Plastic Pop Bottle Planters. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jun 20, 2019 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 each Thursday from 11:30 am to Noon for stories, songs, and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Fabulous Frogs. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jun 21, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Angry Birds, Pokémon, Minecraft, and more! Use everyday materials to examine the science, math, and engineering that form the scaffolds of your favorite games. Torch building, mineral mining, and sling shot assembly are just the beginning! Can you imagine Discovery Center as a Super-Mario set? Come in your favorite game attire and catch all the fun! All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jun 26, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Beautiful Bees. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jun 27, 2019 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 each Thursday from 11:30 am to Noon for stories, songs, and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Monkeying Around. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jun 28, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Test the strength of air and design devices that flutter, fly, and float in the breeze! Whip up a wind, pop out a vortex, compare breezes to gusts, and create a contraption for a blustery day. Manipulate materials in a wind column, use your breath to create a work of art, and witness wonders that wind can do! All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 03, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Wind Spinners. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 04, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Glow lights, rockets, sparkles and flags! Strut your stars and stripes as science and art join hands for this 2-day patriotic celebration. Construct light and sound creations and assemble a red, white, and blue masterpiece. We’ll experiment with explosions, launch mini rockets, and more! Dress to get wet: if the weather is nice, we'll have an old-fashioned water balloon toss! All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 05, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Glow lights, rockets, sparkles and flags! Strut your stars and stripes as science and art join hands for this 2-day patriotic celebration. Construct light and sound creations and assemble a red, white, and blue masterpiece. We’ll experiment with explosions, launch mini rockets, and more! Dress to get wet: if the weather is nice, we'll have an old-fashioned water balloon toss! All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 10, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Plant Markers. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 11, 2019 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 each Thursday from 11:30 am to Noon for stories, songs, and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Down on the Farm. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 12, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Put on your straw hat and overalls for this rural romp! Meet and greet bunnies, cows, goats, and ducks as we bring a barnyard of fun to Discovery Center! Pet a farm friend, create a rural mural, and find out how agriculture is everywhere everyday. Get artistic with loads of legumes, and stuff your brain with farm facts! All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 17, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Bottle Cap Mosaics. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 18, 2019 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 each Thursday from 11:30 am to Noon for stories, songs, and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Blast Off. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 24, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Bird Feeders. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 25, 2019 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 each Thursday from 11:30 am to Noon for stories, songs, and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Sharks. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 26, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Rainbow magic abounds in this prismatic party! Be awed by chemical color changes, and take a planetarium peek at the mythical creatures populating the night sky. Take flight with Pegasus, turn everything iridescent, see the world through a rosy glow, and more! All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Jul 31, 2019 10:30 am until 11:30 am
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 Butterflies. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Aug 01, 2019 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 each Thursday from 11:30 am to Noon for stories, songs, and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme. This week's theme is Transportation Tales. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.
From Aug 02, 2019 11:00 am until 3:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Little squirts and big drips can help us splat the parking lot when we use our giant sling shot to send things flying! Drench is the word when experimenting with water balloon ballistics! Mess around with messy stuff, splash together some dripping art, and use unusual techniques to move water! Dress to get wet. All activities included with admission: $9/Public; Free to Members and all children ages one and younger.