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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 Jun 28, 2024 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Get ready to soar to new heights at our Parachute Party! Join the fun with a giant parachute, engineer and launch your own egg-carrying parachute, design a wind-powered car that zips through the air, and craft kites and gliders that defy gravity! Don’t miss this adventure-packed day of high-flying excitement! This event is sponsored by Constellation Energy, UW Health, T-Mobile Fiber and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Admission is $10 for the Public and FREE to museum members and all children ages 1 and younger.
Starting on Jul 05, 2024
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Show Times: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Ticket info: Concerts will be inside, so seating is limited. Free tickets will be available on event day on a first-come, first-served basis. Get ready to groove and giggle with Jim Gill's interactive musical extravaganza! Beyond just music, Jim's concerts are a magical experience for children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers to bond and play together! With energetic rhythms on his banjo, Jim leads an active sing-along and clap-along event where everyone jumps, spins, and dances to the beat! Filled with songs and stories from his award-winning recordings and books, this concert is a joyous celebration of music and togetherness that your family will love. This event is sponsored by Constellation Energy, UW Health, T-Mobile Fiber and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Admission is $10 for the Public and FREE to museum members and all children ages 1 and younger.
From Jul 12, 2024 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Step into a world of sweetness at our Candyland Extravaganza! Enjoy live science demonstrations from King Kandy. Snap a photo with Queen Frostine from 11:00 am -1:00 pm. Get your face painted with glittering designs, create your own candy headband fit for royalty, unravel the delicious science behind candy, and indulge in fluffy cotton candy. It's a whirlwind of sugary fun that will leave you smiling from ear to ear! This event is sponsored by Constellation Energy, UW Health, T-Mobile Fiber and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Admission is $10 for the Public and FREE to museum members and all children ages 1 and younger.
From Jul 19, 2024 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Get ready to light it up at Glow Games – where the fun shines brighter than ever! Dive into an illuminated adventure with glow-in-the-dark games, craft your very own mesmerizing lava lamp, capture the magic of fireflies with your own creation, and dance the day away at our glow-in-the-dark dance party! Plus, uncover the science behind the glow as we explore what makes things light up in the dark! Join us for a day filled with glowing memories and endless excitement! This event is sponsored by Constellation Energy, UW Health, T-Mobile Fiber and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Admission is $10 for the Public and FREE to museum members and all children ages 1 and younger.
From Jul 26, 2024 10:00 am until 10:30 am
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Show Times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm Ticket info: Seating is limited. Free tickets will be available on event day on a first-come, first-served basis. As seen on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, Puppy Pals Live is a family fun action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and comedic tricks. These su-PAW-stars will melt your heart and blow you away all at once. Don't miss out on this paw-some experience that's more than just a show – it's a fun-filled adventure for the whole family! This event is sponsored by T-Mobile Fiber. Admission is $10 for the Public and FREE to museum members and all children ages 1 and younger.
From Aug 02, 2024 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
At 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103, USA Categories: Special Events
Join us for the grand finale of summer fun! Dive into the magic with enchanting magic shows by Zack Percell of TNZ Magic at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, be amazed by whimsical balloon twisting from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and transform into your favorite characters with face painting all day long! Plus, indulge in free cotton candy and popcorn as you soak in the last rays of summer sun! Don't miss out on this unforgettable celebration to wrap up an amazing summer with your family! This event is sponsored by Constellation Energy, UW Health, T-Mobile Fiber and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Admission is $10 for the Public and FREE to museum members and all children ages 1 and younger.