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Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL

Updated on March 12, 2013
Future mechanic or race car driver?
Future mechanic or race car driver?

A Great Place to Explore

A one year membership to the Discovery Center Museum quickly pays for itself. Each time I take my grandson there he finds something new to focus on and learn about. He enjoys ringing the bell on the train, splashing around at the water tables, milking the cow, assisting in a balloon launch and tapping out an original tune on the floor piano.

At the bank exhibit he takes money out in order to buy food and other items at the make shift grocery store. The store is stocked with, milk, fruit, vegetables, meat, a push button cash register, and a scanner that beeps. Don't go to this store hungry or you'll be in the checkout line for a long time.

The mini garage is fully equipped to take care of a cars basic needs. Check the oil, top off the windshield washer fluid, replace a rusty muffler and rotate the tires and your ready to roll.

If your feeling hungry and need a break there is a large eating area with vending machines on the first floor stocked with drinks and snacks. I've brought something for us to eat several times now and find the space very clean and a great place to rest and regroup.


Rockford Train Depot
Rockford Train Depot
Taking money out at the drive through.
Taking money out at the drive through.
Time to check out!
Time to check out!
Veterinary Interactive Play Area
Veterinary Interactive Play Area

Water Play Tables

The water tables provide a nice variety of water play for the children. They can float plastic boats and ducks in the water or just splash around. Water wheel toys are available for them to scoop water into shovels and watch how the water cascades through the wheels buckets. The smocks keep your child relatively drive while they play. I won't say completely dry because with kids and water their is no telling how wet they'll get.

Water Play Area
Water Play Area
Water Fun on the 2nd Floor
Water Fun on the 2nd Floor
Outdoor Water Play Area
Outdoor Water Play Area
Outdoor Water Play Area
Outdoor Water Play Area
Floating in Outer Space
Floating in Outer Space
A Tornado Forming
A Tornado Forming
The amazing floating ball!
The amazing floating ball!
Time to milk the cows!
Time to milk the cows!
Cave paintings in outdoor cave area.
Cave paintings in outdoor cave area.
The Juggler 2010 by David J. Foster
The Juggler 2010 by David J. Foster

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