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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: +1 815-963-6769
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Lots of hands on fun without a long drive

Lots of fun and entertaining for my kids. My ten year old loves science and he had a great time. They also had a nice baby play area for my ten month old. Free parking and lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Bridget D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of fun and entertaining for my kids. My ten year old loves science and he had a great time. They also had a nice baby play area for my ten month old. Free parking and lots of friendly engaging staff. Well done Rockford. A Rockford gem for family fun. Affordable family fun at its best. Great place to make... More 

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

Bridget, Thanks so much for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center. We love science, and we are so happy that your 10-year-old does too! And we are also pleased that despite the big age difference, both your children found things to interact with and have fun. We work hard to provide experiences for children of a variety of... More 

Cary, il
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I am not sure if the adults had more fun than the kids. This is a great hands on learning environment for everyone. I have a 2 and 4 year old grandson and daughter and they were engage from the moment we walked in. Staff was very helpful, space was clean and spacious. We will be going back soon.

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Thank a1searcher
Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review and visit to Discovery Center. We are so glad to read that both you and your grandkids had so much fun at our museum. I will make sure to pass along your compliments to our staff. They appreciate knowing their efforts are noticed! We look forward to you visiting us again soon! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Kids enjoy this museum They encourage grandparents to take their grandchildren, but need MANY more seating areas for adults. Children like to participate in the interactive areas. There should be seating for parents and grandparents. (There is plenty of room for this) The outdoor park is a fun area,

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

Kris, Thank you for your recent review of Discovery Center Museum. We are glad your kids enjoy the museum. HOw much seating to have is a constant source of discussion not only at our museum, but at children's museums across the country. We want our museum to be a place where adults and children play and learn together and enjoy... More 

Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

There were several hands on activities that the children enjoyed. Some of us adults got caught up in making corn husk dolls. There were several other projects that we could do with the children that were very entertaining. Great museum the kids wanted to go back the next day.

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

Thank you very much for your recent review and visit to Discovery Center Museum. We are happy to read that both your children and the adults enjoyed interacting with our exhibits! The corn husk dolls are surprisingly a very popular activity for visitors. We hope you visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This place always has something new to look at and learn about. They are always having activities and events for young and old alike.

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

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center Museum. We appreciate you taking the time to rate us and provide comments! And we also appreciate you saying we have things for young and old alike - because we work hard to do just that! We hope you visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is one of many jewels to be found in Rockford, IL! If you are a visitor, be sure to put the Discovery Center on your list of must-see places. You won't be disappointed! If you have children, they will be delighted at all of the many displays & hands-on things that they can enjoy! There are 2 floors of... More 

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

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. We truly appreciate the flattering things you had to say about our exhibits and outdoor play space! We hope you will visit us again soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We have been a member for 3 years and my kids (7, 5 and 3) never get tired, but we've been on and off members. My kids love their birthday parties there and there friends too. They accommodate you but I've been asking for a veggie pizza twice and they can't order it :/ overall is a great place!

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Thank Lizcar
Michael R, associate director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for your recent review of Discovery Center Museum. Thanks for your family's membership with us over the years. I spoke with our birthday party manager and she said thanks to your request, we will be adding a veggie pizza to our menu of options. She has also instructed our staff that helps reserve birthday parties that if... More 

Spirit Lake, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Great little museum, has a little bit of something for every age kid. There's a big outside park too. They have a play area for 18 months and under and a play zone for 6 and under. They do have the coolest stairwell I've ever seen- kids can climb up it a special way! Their bubble tube and tornado were... More 

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Thank RV-tog
Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center Museum. We purposefully work to create exhibits that are interesting and fun for any age. And we are happy you thought our stairwell was cool. Kids and adults both love it, and so do we! We hope you visit us again soon. Thanks again. More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Don't be fooled by the boring exterior or the lack of sophistication. This museum is incredibly fun. It beats lots of other children's or science museums that may look fancy, but lack creativity.

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

Jennifer, Thanks so much for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center Museum. We work very hard to make our museum creative and with a science twist to most exhibits. As for our boring exterior, there are 2 good reasons for that. One, our director and board want us to use our funds for the exhibits and programs, and... More 

Wood Dale, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Lots to do inside and out! Tons of fun for the whole family! An interactive museum! Kids love it! The only down side was in the outside playground maze seemed a bit dirty lots of spider webs! Other than that tons of fun!!!

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Thank Itamargarita7
Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review and visit to Discovery Center. We are glad to read that your family enjoyed your visit. Yes, this time of year especially, we get lots of spider webs in the park. We generally go out every single morning and knock down the webs. We may have been short staffed and unable to send... More 

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