Sherlock, Star Wars at Discovery Center

Discovery Center Museum will host nine more Family Fun Day events between October and December. Designed as educational and entertaining programs for families, Family Fun Days focus on a specific subject matter and explore that subject through various means, including activities, demonstrations, make-and-take projects and performances.

Remaining event schedule

It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson, Sunday, Oct. 1; 1-4 p.m.—It’s the grand opening of Sherlock Holmes and the Clock Tower Mystery at Discovery Center Museum. Take a clue sheet, and step back in time to solve an interactive short story mystery as you hone observation skills and pursue clues through eight authentic Victorian sets. Call on your powers of deductive reasoning as you overhear conversations, examine evidence, and sift through the storyline of each new room. A live character actor helps test ideas, tease out thought processes, and illuminate loose ends to wrap up the investigation and solve the mystery. Cost is $3 for members, $5 public and $7 for public including Discovery Center admission.

Sherlock Film Fest, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.—Two movies will be shown: The Great Mouse Detective (1986), rated G, a color cartoon, will begin at 2 p.m.; and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes (1939), an unrated black and white film, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Apply your crime-solving skills as you view these vintage mystery thrillers on the big screen. Recommended for ages 9 and older. Concessions will be available. Cost is $3 for members, $5 public and $7 for public including Discovery Center admission.

Night Sounds and Spooky Science, Saturday, Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m.—Go in costume, and grab a goody bag to trick-or-treat through Discovery Center. Create crafts, boogey under a black light and explore the park in the dark. Famous scientists will be on hand to amaze visitors with “dead” science demonstrations. Bring a flashlight for a trek through the tunnel and the spookified exhibits at the Burpee Museum. Cost is $3 for members of either museum, $5 for public. Admission includes activities at both museums.

Smashing Pumpkins, Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m.—Calling all jack-o’-lanterns! Dead pumpkins become parking lot projectiles when flung from a giant trebuchet! Bring a used pumpkin, create your own catapult and learn how to lob. Discovery Center Museum teams with Rockford Art Museum for a smashing good time. Included with admission to Discovery Center Museum.

Star WarsHyperspace Mystery, Saturday, Nov. 11, 6-9 p.m.—Luke Skywalker is lost somewhere in the galaxy! Use the “Force” to decipher clues, solve puzzles and complete experiments so the Rebels can rescue their greatest hero. Come in your favorite Star Wars costume. Tickets go on sale Oct. 11 and are $6 for the public and $3 for members in advance, or $8 for the public and $5 for members at the door.

Sherlock Sleuths, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1-4 p.m.—Get a modern-day sleuth’s perspective on crime-solving techniques as you visit with an expert from the Illinois State Police Rockford Forensic Science Laboratory. Included with admission to Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for the public and $7 for the public with Discovery Center admission.

Cool Science Days, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24-26, 12:30-3:30 p.m.—Join Discovery Center for liquid nitrogen science demos and frosty arts and crafts. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Busy Winter Days, Dec. 21-30, 11:30-3:30 p.m.—Explore the shapes of the season with hands-on crafts, puzzles and fun art projects. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Countdown to Fun!, Sunday, Dec. 31, 12:30-4:30 p.m.—Crafts, games, music and art come together to count down to midnight—somewhere in the world! Ring in the New Year with music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford. Plus, party hats, confetti and party favors will be provided! Included with Discovery Center admission.

Discovery Center is a non-profit organization providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with more than 250 hand-on exhibits. The Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. General admission to the Museum 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. Info: 963-6769 or

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

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