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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103-7204
Phone Number: (815) 963-6769
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Even the adults had fun.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jayhana
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Peoria, Illinois
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Cedarville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time for us at the museum. We brought our grandchildren ages 3 and 1 1/2. They both loved it. The staff was awesome and the interactive activities really got the kids engaged. We spent about 2 hours and didn't get to go through everything. We look forward to going back to see and experience more. Wonderful... 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 review of Discovery Center. We are so pleased your first visit was so fun for you and your grandchildren. And it is always nice to hear about our staff's interactions with visitors. We will let them know! Thanks again and we look forward to your return visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We recently threw my mother in law a Birthday party her 60th it was beautiful very spacious and they let in 2 hrs before to decorate it was a great time!

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

Thanks so much for your review of Discovery Center. Many people don't realize that in addition to our great museum, we also have separate rooms to rent for anything from birthday parties, showers, company meetings or retreats, etc. We are glad you and your mother-in-law enjoyed your party here! More 

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