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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: (815) 963-6769
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Awesome family museum

GREAT museum for kids under 13, wonderful outdoor play and learn space. Big space for 6 and under that is equally as good as the exhibits for "bigger kids", and even a really nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Geneva, Switzerland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

GREAT museum for kids under 13, wonderful outdoor play and learn space. Big space for 6 and under that is equally as good as the exhibits for "bigger kids", and even a really nice baby space with lots of toys in good shape. Great location in the same complex as the natural history and art museum, and near the beautiful... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive review. Your succinct description was right on the mark! Yes, we do wish we had a restaurant on-site,but we do have a nice lunchroom and outdoor space if you bring a picnic lunch. Later this spring, a local eating establishment is setting up a satellite site in our building and will serve lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I travel a LOT with my kid,but this place kept me and him busy for almost four hours.I didn't look at my watch even once.They have everything starting from :tornado, astronauts, kids can go camping and fishing,trains,water park,dance place,farm,chickens,cows,tractors, outdoor playground,caverns...aaaaaaa I could write and write amazing place. Must visit. Me and my son had so much fun.Thank You!!!

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so happy you and your son enjoyed your visit to Discovery Center. We love your enthusiasm and hope you will visit again soon! More 

Davenport, Iowa
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My husband & I have visited the Discovery Center Museum several times over the years with our two other grandchildren and they have always enjoyed it. This time we took our 4 year old granddaughter (the 2 others were older when they went) and while the scientific meaning behind the exhibits were too advanced for her she still enjoyed the... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to Discovery Center. We are so happy you and your granddaughter enjoyed your time with us. You will have to return and take her to the Tot Spot some time! And thank you for making the trip from Davenport...we're glad you thought we were worth the time... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

There is an area for very young children, so they don't get run over y the bigger children.My grandson loved the water play area. They had aprons for them to put on so they won't get there clothes wet. They had shopping carts and a store, there was something for them to do around every corner.

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Discovery Center with your grandson. Our Tot Spot Water Play area is a big hit with our youngest visitors! Our Tot Spot Vet Clinic is in the role play area now and it is lots of fun for kids! Come back and visit us again... More 

Oregon, Illinois
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Great place to have fun with kids! Grand kids came to visit and its snowing outside. I even had a blast! Hours of fun. Wed and Thurs 1 to 5 I'd FREE!!!!!!!

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review! We are so glad your grandkids and YOU had fun at Discovery Center! We do want to clarify, however, that not every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon is free. We suggest you call to verify when you are looking for a free afternoon! We hope you and your grandchildren come back again soon! More 

Rockford, Illinois
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The are totally "Hands ON". That means your children learn and do things, not just one but EVERYTHING from creating Electricity to driving a tractor to watching stars in the "night planetarium" ($) to creating things in "do it room", to going outside in a very large playground with walking bridges and other learning things on the 3 story playground,... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the wonderful response. We are so glad you and your grandchildren enjoy visiting Discovery Center. And you are absolutely right about not feeling embarrassed to be silly and play. We LOVE seeing adults play! That is exactly what we want...for children and their families to interact, play and have fun together! Come back in warmer weather... More 

Rockford, Illinois
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is our first year that we will not be renewing our membership...as the children get older, the less there is to do with them. Being members for so long, they have seen it all and their ever changing imagination center, dubbed the Tot Spot is now something that they don't allow children over 6 to use...this is their favorite... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding Discovery Center. We are happy you and your family were able to enjoy the museum for many years. We are also so happy to hear of your children's love of the Tot Spot Gallery. It's popularity is why we needed to double its size almost five years ago and added 700 sq. feet just... More 

Byron, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We took our 3 1/2 and 18 month old grandsons to the little kids area - we all loved it. So nicely done. They especially enjoyed the water table and the trains. As they grow there's so much more for them to do. Highly recommended!

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive response. We are so glad your grandkids enjoyed Discovery Center. The water table and train area are two of the most popular areas in our Tot Spot gallery! Visit again soon! More 

Rockford, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum is the best in the area. It has all kinds of interactive exhibits for kids and is fun for the adults as well.

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the response and feedback. We are glad to hear that both you and your kids enjoy Discovery Center! We also think it's a great place for adults to play and learn. More 

Rockford, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I take my grandkids there on routine basis. Fun, educational, interactive. My grandkids love it. They have permanent plus changing exhibits. In summer they have a large outdoor interactive water play area and many other interactive ativities.

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your response. We love seeing grandparents interact with their grandkids here! Visit us again soon :) More 

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