Destination Illinois: Rockford Discovery Center Museum

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Whatever your age, Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum is sure to have something for everyone.

“Kids from birth up to 13-14 years old, they’re going to have a great time here at the museum,” said Mike Rathbun, associate director of the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford.

Over the years, Discovery Center, located at 711 N Main Street, has garnered national attention from children’s magazine, Forbesas good as National geographicall ranking it as one of the best children’s museums in the country.

“Discovery Center is a science museum for kids, right here in the heart of Rockford, Illinois,” Rathbun said. “We’ve been here for 40 years, providing joyful opportunities for children to play and learn, families to create lifelong memories, so this is definitely a destination you’ll want to visit.”

With exhibits for young children, role play as a doctor or a mechanic, it helps them learn in a creative environment.

“When kids play, that’s how they learn,” Rathbun said. “Same thing with adults. When we play, we learn. If I do this, what happens? If I do this, what happens?

Older kids can check out the flight simulator, learn about weather and sports physics, and get a beginner’s guide to farming.

“We always have an exhibit master plan that adds new exhibits and things to do every year.”

With so many community outreach opportunities, spending time at the Rockford Discovery Center leaves a more lasting impact than just a good time.

“Coming to a museum, like the Discovery Center in Rockford, is a chance to grow and learn, but also to create family memories that help bond the family by having those great memories, having fun together,” said said Rathbun. “It’s important for learning and for the family.

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