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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103-6990
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So much fun for the family. Always a treat to go. The displays and activity centers are a great learning tool and a blast for kids and adults.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scott R
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much fun for the family. Always a treat to go. The displays and activity centers are a great learning tool and a blast for kids and adults.

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

Scott, thanks so much for your review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking time to review us! We are glad to read both your kids and you have fun and learn here! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I take my grandkids there all the time since I live here in Rockford, IL. I have a grandpass. Teens enjoy it more occasionally, but 12 and under, they could go everyday. There are so many things to do and adults are able to interact with the kids. They have their constant standbys and then they have new exhibits coming... More 

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

Thank you very much for the review and rating! We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with others. We are so happy that you and your grandkids can enjoy the museum together. We're also glad that you feel the grandparent pass is a good value for your family. It only takes 2-3 visits in a year with... More 

Byron, Illinois
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41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our 2 year old daughter, she loved it! There is a "Tot Spot" for toddlers with lots of interactive features, a water table, and even a pretend campground. They also offer special exhibits and family events (my wife and I attended their art fair, which was very nice with local artisan displays). We have been back a couple... 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 are happy to read you and your daughter enjoyed the museum and, in particular, our Tot Spot gallery. our outdoor park is a very fun area for kids to explore...even 2-year-olds love to run around and play there. Our family pass is $85 and would pay for... More 

Machesney Park, Illinois
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very educational. Fun for children and parents. There are many things to see and do. A family could spend an entire day here, between all the educational things and the play area outside.

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

Cheryl, thank you for your recent review of Discovery Center. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with others. We are pleased to read that you find our exhibits fun and educational for both kids and parents. That is exactly what we aim for! We hope you visit again soon. More 

Weeki Wachee, Florida
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

After reading reviews, I was skeptical it would entertain my 11 & 13 year old. They enjoyed themselves and so did my husband. If you are looking for something that is only a couple hours, highly recommended.

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

Micaya, Thanks so much for your review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us and others! We are pleased that your 11 and 13-year olds enjoyed themselves. Often, people assume we are only for younger children, as most children's museums are. However, because we have so many science-related exhibits and content, older children and teenagers (once... More 

Rockford
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have visited this location multiple times. My children love it and they always have fun. they like visiting the farming location of the museum. They enjoy going up the mouse holes as well. My 2 year old loves the water area in the tot spot. I have taken my classroom of three and four year olds and they like... More 

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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. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and observations of both your children and your students! The" mouse holes" in our spiral staircase and the outdoor park are always fan favorites! We hope you visit us again soon! More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

So many stations to explore on 2 seperate levels. Also have enjoyed a few of their classes they do for specific age groups. But always best to go on a slow day, can get very crowded.

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

Michelle, Thank you for your response and review of Discovery Center. We are glad to read you not only enjoy our exhibits, but our classes as well. We welcome you to call us on a weekday to find out how many school groups we may have visiting, which can make us seem quite busy. The vast majority of our groups... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Our boys (ages 5 and 9) enjoy going here often. I'm amazed that the exhibits never get boring to them. The events are fantastic as well and we more than get our money's worth in a yearly membership. There are great activities for both my son's ages. We love the outdoor playground, but find ourselves going to the museum just... More 

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

Jill, Thank you for your recent visit, review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, and we are so happy to read your comments about enjoying the museum with your family. I will share your kind comments with our staff. They work hard to accomplish the exact things you mentioned and appreciate. We hope... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Discovery Center is an engaging children's museum with a variety of things for kids to do. Great for both young and old children. The outside play area is a favorite in warm weather.

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

Mark, Thank you for your recent review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. We're also glad you enjoy our outdoor park - it is truly a unique feature among children's museums and mentioned as a favorite area among many of our members and visitors! We hope you visit us again soon! More 

Chicago
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105 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

This is a nice kids museum that is appropriate for young & older kids. They have vending machines and a large spot designated for snack time. My only complaint was the dirty needle near the museum entrance but that can be found in any city!

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Thank chilady34
Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and 5-star rating of Discovery Center. We appreciate you taking the time to share your impressions with others. As for the needle you mentioned, this is the first time any of the staff here, or any visitor, has seen or mentioned seeing a needle outside. We have alerted our staff, maintenance staff and visitor services... More 

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