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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 08, 2022 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math take center stage at Discovery Center on this day devoted to connecting the next generation of potential and aspiring scientists to the science and stories of local STEM professionals. Solve STEM challenges, enjoy science demonstrations, and catch a planetarium show on this day devoted to inspiring young people to consider where their curiosities might take them! Activities included with museum admission. $10 Public; Free for Members and all children ages one and younger. Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
From Oct 28, 2022 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Come in dressed in your Halloween best for this not-so-scary day of spooktacular high-jinks at Discovery Center! Explore the museum and follow the map to find goodies galore from one exhibit to the next! Concoct gooey, glowing, globs of slime, create themed make-and-take projects, and engage in science activities that look like mystifying magic! It will be skele-tons of fun! Don’t forget, all you daddies and mummies, you can come dressed up too! Sponsored by Aetna and Sjostrom & Sons and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. $11 Public; $3 Members; free to children ages 1 and younger.
From Nov 06, 2022 11:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Bring your jack-o-lantern for pumpkin-smashing hijinks at Discovery Center. Explore ways to launch, crack, split and smash your pumpkin using the power of simple machine science like levers and pulleys. Used jack-o-lanterns will become parking lot projectiles when catapulted from our giant trebuchet built with a 400 pound counterweight. When the launching ends, pumpkin pieces will be collected and fed to local livestock. For extra fun, build your own mini catapult, play pumpkin games and craft fall creations. Dress for the weather since we’ll be outside. Sponsored by Sjostrom & Sons and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Admission: Museum + outdoor activities $10/person and free to Members and all children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 17, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 18, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 19, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 20, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 21, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 22, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 23, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 26, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 27, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 28, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 29, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 30, 2022 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Enjoy winter adventures without the cold! Test your skating skills at our new indoor Sock Skating Rink! No ice, no shoes, just slip-sliding fun with friends on this high-tech synthetic polymer surface. After a few spins around the rink, enjoy creating holiday crafts based on cultures around the world. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.
From Dec 31, 2022 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Can’t stay up ‘til midnight? We've got you covered! It’s midnight – somewhere, and Discovery Center has all the fun and excitement of midnight with countdowns and Times Square –style ball and confetti drops every hour! Fabricate a party hat, create a noisemaker, and more. Don’t miss this family tradition as you ring in the New Year! Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Included with museum admission; $10 Public; free to Members and children ages 1 and younger.