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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: $10.00 adults; $10.00 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 Oct 02, 2021 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
FREE to Members. Reservations and Masks are required. Help us celebrate Discovery Center’s 40th anniversary! Make a splash in our new Tot Spot Water Play table, sign our giant cupcake, and enjoy a special science demonstration. Advance online reservations required: https://bit.ly/DCMemberEvent Or call 815-963-6769.
From Oct 09, 2021 9:00 am until 2:30 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Bubble-celebrity Ben Jimenez combines art, science and a touch of magic in his live performances. Enjoy Ben’s 30-minute show and afterward pop outside to the Bubble-Palooza Playground (weather permitting) to devise your own brilliant bubbly tricks as you test your soapy skills with bubble art, math, and science activities for the whole family! Shows at 9:00 and 11:00 am are geared toward preschoolers, while the afternoon shows incorporate more science into the content. Sponsored by Viking Chemical Company. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Oct 16, 2021 9:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Reservations and masks are required. From oodles of fizz and columns of foam to explosions, join us for some crazy chemistry demonstrations to celebrate National Chemistry Week and give you a “feel” for chemical changes. Included with Discovery Center admission. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Oct 16, 2021 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Reservations and masks are required. From oodles of fizz and columns of foam to explosions, join us for some crazy chemistry demonstrations to celebrate National Chemistry Week and give you a “feel” for chemical changes. Included with Discovery Center admission. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Oct 23, 2021 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Registration required.  Register in advance on our website for Meet and Greet and museum. Join PNC Grow Up Great and WTTW for “Be My Neighbor Day,” a fun filled FREE grr-ific event for kids and families! Get your picture taken by a trolley with Daniel and Katerina Kittycat, meet local first responders, bring cereal for a food pantry breakfast drive, explore the museum and more! Join us to celebrate our community and Discovery Center Museum’s 40th Anniversary! Click on the event name or picture for reservation details. This event and museum visit are free, but reservations are required. Can’t wait to see you there! Be My Neighbor Day is supported by PNC Grow Up Great and WTTW. Click on the event picture or title for more details and registration information.
From Oct 29, 2021 9:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Reservations and masks are required. Come in costume for this not-so-scary day of Halloween high-jinks at Discovery Center! Launch monsters through the air, concoct gooey glowing slime, create creepy crafts and engage in astonishing science activities that look like mystifying magic! It will be skele-tons of fun! Sponsored by Nicor, Viking Chemical Company, Midland Wealth Management and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Oct 29, 2021 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Reservations and masks are required. Come in costume for this not-so-scary day of Halloween high-jinks at Discovery Center! Launch monsters through the air, concoct gooey glowing slime, create creepy crafts and engage in astonishing science activities that look like mystifying magic! It will be skele-tons of fun! Sponsored by Nicor, Viking Chemical Company, Midland Wealth Management and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Oct 29, 2021 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Reservations and masks are required. Come in costume for this not-so-scary day of Halloween high-jinks at Discovery Center! Launch monsters through the air, concoct gooey glowing slime, create creepy crafts and engage in astonishing science activities that look like mystifying magic! It will be skele-tons of fun! Sponsored by Nicor, Viking Chemical Company, Midland Wealth Management and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Nov 07, 2021 9:30 am until 12:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Outdoor activities from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Reservations and masks are required. Bring your jack-o-lantern for smashing good time at Discovery Center. Explore ways to crack, smash or pitch your pumpkin using Newton’s Laws of Motion and simple machines. Used jack-o-lanterns will become parking lot projectiles! When the launching ends, pumpkin pieces will be collected and fed to local livestock. For extra fun, build your own tiny catapult, concoct fall crafts and create a pumpkin pegboard. Everybody wins as we celebrate the harvest with a smashing good time! Dress for the weather since we’ll be outside. Sponsored by Northwest Bank, Nicor and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.
From Nov 07, 2021 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
Outdoor activities from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Reservations and masks are required. Bring your jack-o-lantern for smashing good time at Discovery Center. Explore ways to crack, smash or pitch your pumpkin using Newton’s Laws of Motion and simple machines. Used jack-o-lanterns will become parking lot projectiles! When the launching ends, pumpkin pieces will be collected and fed to local livestock. For extra fun, build your own tiny catapult, concoct fall crafts and create a pumpkin pegboard. Everybody wins as we celebrate the harvest with a smashing good time! Dress for the weather since we’ll be outside. Sponsored by Northwest Bank, Nicor and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Click on the event name or picture for reservation details.