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Discovery Center Museum

711 N. Main, Rockford, IL 61103

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More than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, planetarium, TV studio, special events, traveling exhibits and entertaining classes.

Experience a world of hands-on investigation and fun-filled exploration at this children's museum with more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, planetarium, TV studio, special events, traveling exhibits and entertaining classes for children and families. Tot Spot for toddlers. Plus 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.

Recognized as one of the top 10 science museums in the country by Child Magazine in 2002. Named one of the nation's top ten children's museums by The National Geographic Society. Named one of the top 12 children's museums in the nation by Forbes in 2012. Designated as a Good to Grow! Museum by the Association of Children's Museums for making significant strides to promote health and wellness. List of "2014 Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For" - Flipkey.com/TripAdvisor, May 2014. One of the "10 Best Children's Museums in the U.S." - Family Vacation Critic, April 2013. One of the top ten in "The 12 Best Children's Museum in the U.S." - Forbes.com, January 2012.

Discovery Center is part of the Riverfront Museum Park arts and humanities complex, with plenty of free parking.

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