Kids get ‘messy’ at Discovery Center

Discovery Center Museum will host seven Messy Monday events between June and August. Designed as educational and artistic programs for children, Messy Mondays provides an outlet for children to explore, create and share otherwise “messy” art experiences.

Each Monday will focus on a specific art medium or famous artist. Local artists will guide children in the featured activity each Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goals of Messy Mondays are to encourage the use of tactile experiences in art, to encourage hands-on learning with a variety of art forms, and to promote artists and the arts in the region. The events are sponsored in part by a grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council, and are included with admission to the museum.

Remaining events include “Create an Impressionist Masterpiece,” with Alison Agustsson, July 9; “Paint like Jackson Pollock,” with Sandi Uram, July 16; “It’s an Abstract World,” with Matt Palmer, July 23; “Cartooning,” with Bruce Quast, July 30; and “Play with Clay,” with Brad Argyle, Aug. 6.

Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit science and children’s museum with more than 200 hands-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children younger than 6, and an outdoor science park.

For more information, call (815) 963-6769 or visit

Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. General admission is $5 adults, $4 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children younger than 2 and museum members. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is open extended hours Thursdays until 7 p.m.from the July 5-10, 2007, issue

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