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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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Great place for kids to learn and play. We like taking the Grandkids. Science, playing in the kitchen and running around in the back are great activities on the wonderful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great place for kids to learn and play. We like taking the Grandkids. Science, playing in the kitchen and running around in the back are great activities on the wonderful playground.

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Rockford
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Discovery Center is a wonderful hands-on childrens' museum for all ages. The areas of interest are very interactive and kids of all ages find many activities both inside and out. Our grandchildren do not want to leave! This is a gem in Rockford.

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Durand, IL
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you have children up to about 11 years of age and you're in the Rockford area, this is a must. So much to do the kids will be sorry when you say time to leave. And, if they or you take the time to explain some things, they'll get an educational benefit as well -- but the fun can... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Inside and outside activities to keep the kids, teens and parents occupied for a whole day await you at this fantastic science-based museum. It's located in a beautiful spot on the Rock River so be sure to venture down there after the museum. Next door and conveniently connected to the Discovery Center is The Burpee Museum of Natural History which... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We have a lot of great museums in Wisconsin, and have gone to Chicago many times. Wanting something new on our way to Columbus, OH, we stopped in Rockford. Only reason I regret stopping is that it made COSI, one of our destination attractions, fair poorly in comparison. The Discovery Center seemed cleaner and better maintained, and it had a... More 

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

Thank you for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center Museum. Your review brought a smile to my face and I shared it with our staff to brighten their day. Our staff and board work very hard to make our children's science museum one of the best in the nation. We all believe in our mission to excite children... More 

Rockford, IL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We brought our niece and nephew to the Discovery Center and they had a wonderful afternoon - even my then 25 year old son enjoyed the experience with them.

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

Thank you for your recent review of Discovery Center Museum. We are so glad you and your niece and nephew enjoyed your visit. And, as you said, even adults enjoy the experience! We hope you will visit us again soon. Thanks again for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it! More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Very neat place for some family fun! Every time we go we have a blast. Will definitely go back. You can pack a lunch and make a day of it.

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

Thank you for your recent trip and review of Discovery Center. We love hearing from our visitors and are so glad your family "had a blast" as you said! We hope you visit again soon! More 

Lanark, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We have visited the museum several times and our little granddaughter (2 and 2 1/2 at the times) found plenty that she enjoyed doing. Vehicles to climb in, a vet "clinic" and other things to keep her interest. Engaging activities for older kids, too.

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

Thanks so much for your review of Discovery Center! We are glad you and your granddaughter enjoyed the museum. As you said, there are plenty of things to do for kids of varying ages. We hope you visit us again soon! More 

Plainfield, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I was spending a couple of days in Rockford with my 4.5 year old grandson, so I researched things to do in Rockford. The Discovery center looked very interesting. I'm so glad we visited. There are so many activities for all ages. We started in the area that was about patterns. We spent "a lot" of time learning origami! There... More 

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

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. We are so glad you and your grandson had such a good time! You should definitely come back on a non-rainy day so you (and he) can experience the outdoor park. It truly is fun for all ages! More 

Rockford, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Excellent for a day trip or school field trip. Amazing exhibits, some permanent. Offers lots of cool hands-on science classes and events. Then head on over to the art museum and/or Burpee History Museum. Pack a lunch, however. No place to buy food unfortunately.

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

Thanks so much for your recent review of your trip to Discovery Center. We also appreciate you mentioning our many classes and special events! We also wanted to let you know that a local company has started offering food here...they have wraps, sandwiches, cookies, chips and drinks. They are trying out our location this summer, and we hope they become... More 

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Additional Information about Discovery Center Museum

Address: Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: (815) 963-6769
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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