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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103-6990
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+1 815-963-6769
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Grandkids with Grampa playtine

This is an excellent hands on children's activity. They have science based exhibits for all ages and playful areas for younger children. The play type area has a play pizza... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
meyste
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Rockford, IL
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Rockford, IL
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58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an excellent hands on children's activity. They have science based exhibits for all ages and playful areas for younger children. The play type area has a play pizza restaurant where "pizza's are made, cooked, boxed, delivered..; a race car pit stop, a crane, a kitchen , a water table, wood train setup. Science includes electricity, wind, mechanical, motion,... More 

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

Thank you for your recent review and 5-star rating for Discovery Center. We appreciate you taking the time to share your perceptions with others! We love having grandparents visit with their grandchildren. If you don't already have one, you may want to consider a grandparent membership. It is $85 and is good for 2 grandparents and all grandchildren age 17... More 

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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've been members off and on for several years. It is truly a gem in Rockford for kid activities, I highly recommend it for those in for the day or even people that live in the area. If you have the stamina, look to see if there is a deal to see the Discovery Center and Burpee in one day.

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

Heather, Thanks so much for your review and 5-star rating. We appreciate the time you took to write about us! We are always happy to hear from members and love being referred to as a "gem" in Rockford. We do have a Same Day Savings program with Burpee Museum of Natural History. If you visit us, save your receipt, show... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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2,350 reviews
444 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 406 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, as we wanted to try a different children's museum. We were quite happy with the choice. There is more than enough for the kids to play with and learn. We had two 3 year olds and an 18 month old, and they all found things that they enjoyed. Plenty of clean... More 

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

Thank you very much for the positive review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts! We are happy to read that your toddlers enjoyed not only our Tot Spot, but other exhibits in the museum. And we are also pleased to read that you traveled from out of town and found Discovery Center to... More 

Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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339 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go between Christmas and New Years, which is always a busy time for a place like this. With this in mind, we were fully prepared to battle the crowds. We arrived shortly after opening. In retrospect, I might have gone a little later as the crowds thinned out after 11:30 a.m. The displays were great for the... More 

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

Dear Jenny, Thank you for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center. We are happy to read that your family enjoyed our exhibits. Thanks too, for your thoughts on the science show and planetarium show. Our science shows average 20-25 minutes in length, so 7 is very atypical. I will certainly check into that. Sometimes, we shorten shows based... More 

Berkeley, California
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516 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited children's museums in Chicago, Charlottesville, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Boston and this one is as good or better than any of those. It's located in a museum/arts complex so worth a look for the neighboring structures too. The Discovery Center itself is a great place for kids to not only have a lot of fun but... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review and 5-star rating of Discovery Center Museum. We appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts and opinions. We are thrilled to read the praise you gave our museum. Our mission is to create interactive exhibits and experiences that help children and families discover the joy of learning. We want to spark... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My kids have been going here for years! They have great events and are always changing things so the kids love going back again and again. It's clean and employees are friendly and helpful.

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

Dwan, Thanks so much for the review and 5-star rating. We are happy to read that your family has been coming here for years...that's music to our ears! We work hard to find the right mix of having kids' favorite exhibits here each time they visit, along with providing new experiences for them as well. Thanks again and Happy New... More 

Bengaluru, India
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the better learning centers in the country. Great for kids and adults alike. Many things to see, do and touch. The real life tractor and kids zone exhibits are great. The outdoor play areas are also amazing. Plan to spent 2-4 hours here. The bubble maker and face straw maker get honorable mentions.

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

Thank you very much for your recent review and 5-star rating of Discovery Center Museum. We appreciate the compliments and are happy to read that you find us fun and educational! We hope you visit us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

It seems to be bigger on the inside than outside. I took my (aged 3)granddaughter there for the first time. She loved moving from one area to another and interacted in each one. She had fun with everything being hands-on and being able to play with other children. I regret that we didn't check early enough that the outside was... More 

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

Thanks so much for your recent visit and your 5-star review. We are so glad to read that your granddaughter enjoyed her visit here. We have to close our park if it is raining, as soon as temperatures drop in the late fall, or if there is ice in the park. So come back in the spring...probably by the end... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 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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107 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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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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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