Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum 711 N. Main St. Rockford, IL
Phone: (815) 963-6769

 Named No. 5 in the 10 “Best Museums for Families” by USA Today in 2015, and ranked among “The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.” by Forbes magazine in 2012, Discovery Center makes science an adventure.

With Burpee’s more than 250 interactive displays and exhibits to explore, kids can take a virtual snowboard ride; see a tornado form; manipulate pulleys, levers and gears; build a robot; create a news show; and more.

New in 2014 was the Body Shop, giving kids lots of ways to explore the human body, and in 2015, the Tot Spot, for visitors ages 6 and younger (and their parents), was expanded to include even more age-appropriate rotating and permanent exhibits, along with a Baby Spot for babies 18 months and younger.

Discovery Center boasts the nation’s first community-built outdoor science park featuring 8,000 square feet of wooden fun including a two-story maze, water play area, dinosaur fossil dig pit and a Secret Garden.

Discovery Center is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8.