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Discovery Center Museum

Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: (815) 963-6769
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

It kept our 3yr old entertained for hours and great value for money. It also gave us somewhere to go away from the terrible CoCo Keys resort and clocktower hotel!

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

Thanks so much for the good review! We are so pleased you and your young daughter had a great time with us. We hope you will return soon. More 

Naperville, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Clean and good value. When we visited at the 2014 Christmas Eve, there aren't many people. My daughter and I are the only audience to their planetarium. Despite that, the two staffs still work very hard and we had a wonderful discussions and learning experiences. We will come back during summer for its outdoor water park!

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

Thanks for your good review! We are so pleased you and your daughter had a good time here on Christmas Eve. We'd love to have you come back this summer and visit our outdoor park. We do have a nice water play area...no swimsuit necessary...just stand at the huge water trough and play with nozzles to spray water, watch toy... More 

Appleton, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
62 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Kids are entertained on two levels of indoor and an outdoor play area. Was busy since kids were off on holiday break, and glad we arrived at opening.

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

Thanks for visiting Discovery Center. Holiday break is indeed a busy time for us! We are glad you enjoyed both floors of exhibits as well as our fantastic outdoor pay area. Watch for new exhibits in 2015! More 

KC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Last time I was there, it needed some repair, but plenty of cool areas were open and running just fine. Playing virtual soccer is great, and kids love the water play table! Lots of great things to explore, easily spend 2-3 hours here with younger kids (10 and under.)

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

Thanks for the review! We are glad you and your family enjoyed the many improvements we made in 2014. We have even more lined up for 2015, so visit us again soon! More 

Scales Mound, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

What are you going to do with your kids when there is a break in the school schedule. Well the staff at the Discovery Center usually has activities available for the students to do at their museum center. My grand children always look forward to going there when they get time off from school.

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

Thanks for the nice review! We are always a fun place to visit, but you are right about us having extra things to do during school breaks. Dec. 26-30 we have "Holiday Hoopla". There will be extra live science shows and lots of craft activities all included with museum admission. These value-added things will happen from 11:30-3:30 pm each day.... More 

Rockford,Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place for children. Make it, Build it exhibit is really neat. The planetarium and science shows are always a plus! The outdoor play

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

Thanks so much for your review. We love the Build It! Make It! exhibit as well. That was one we created ourselves! Because of its popularity with both adults and children, we plan to freshen it up and bring it back in 2015 or 2016! We have lots of great events planned for the winter and spring, so visit us... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The Discovery Center has been around for so long that I went there as a kid and am now bringing my own kids back. Despite this, it has kept up well with the times and is always fresh and relevant for the next generation. We went on Monday of Thanksgiving week, which was a perfect time. There was a school... More 

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

Thanks so much for the positive review. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your time at Discovery Center. We see many 2nd generation visitors! We work very hard at keeping our exhibits current and relevant. We have lots of changes coming in 2015 and 2016 so come back and visit us again! More 

Rockford, IL, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We truly enjoy taking our grandchildren to this fantastic museum. It is one of the best we have seen anywhere!

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

We are so happy you and your grandchildren had a good time at Discovery Center. You may want to think about a grandparent membership if you come more than once a year. It is $80 for 2 grandparents and all grandkids age 17 and younger. You can come every day with a membership!! Thanks again for the good review! More 

Hebron, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was my second visit to the Discovery Center Museum and it will NOT be my last. Both time I took grandchildren to the museum and both time they had a blast. Tow of my children went the first time I went and I think they may have had more fun than the grandchildren. Of course they are just kids... More 

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

Thanks so much for your kind review. We are pleased both you and your grandchildren had a great day here. A grandparent membership might just be a money-saver for you. It is $80/year and is good for 2 grandparents and all grandkids age 17 and younger. Even if 5 of you came twice in a year, that would pay for... More 

Monroe, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Attended a girl Girl Scout troop event here over night. Museum isn't huge and would be good for an afternoon visit. Event was well organized for the event. Staff was energetic and the scouts enjoyed the magic shows. Would do again.

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

Thanks so much for your review. We are glad the Girl Scouts had a good time. We do a lot of scout overnights as well as badge workshops! We hope you visit us again soon! More 

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