Donate Today!

Help connect play and learning for all children in our community!

Discovery Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to our mission to create opportunities for playful learning and discovery through hands-on experiences in the sciences and arts.

We rely on donors to fulfill this mission. Share in the joy of making a positive impact in the lives of children and families by donating today!



Our Commitment to Our Donors 

Discovery Center is a nonprofit, community organization funded by admissions, membership sales, and community support. Discovery Center will not share donor’s personal information. 

Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 


Ways to Give

Admission and membership fees cover only 60% of the museum’s annual expenses, so contributions from individual donors are critical to providing children and families with playful learning experiences that inspire joy, creativity, and create cherished memories.

Your gift helps cover essential materials and services such as art and technology supplies, exhibits and programs, field trips for low-income students, outreach to schools, and much more. 


Making a gift to Discovery Center is the perfect way to celebrate someone special in your life. Whether you are recognizing a family member, a favorite teacher, or the memory of a loved one, a tribute or memorial gift provides you with the opportunity to support Discovery Center and recognize someone who has made a difference to you.

 When you make a gift in honor or in memory of a person, Discovery Center will notify your designated recipient informing them of your generous donation. . For more information about tributes and memorials, please contact Lana Paris at 815-963-6769 or lanap@discoverycentermuseum.org

Celebrate someone you love today.



Making a legacy gift is a powerful way to demonstrate your lasting support of Discovery Center and our mission. Legacy donors share the joy of learning today and for generations to come. There are many was to affirm your commitment through a legacy gift – a bequest, a gift of life insurance, or a charitable gift annuity are just a few ways you can have a lasting impact on Discovery Center for generations to come. 

Legacy gifts may provide general support or can be directed to special programs. For more information about legacy gifts, please contact Lana Paris at 815-963-6769 or lanap@discoverycentermuseum.org