Discovery Center hosts Family Fun Days, Messy Mondays

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Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum will host Family Fun Day events and Messy Mondays between January and May.

Designed as educational and entertaining programs for families, Family Fun Days focus on a specific subject matter and then explore that subject through various means, including activities, demonstrations, make-and-take projects, performances and the like.

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists.

All events are included with general admission to Discovery Center, unless otherwise noted. General admission is $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center members and children age 1 and younger.

The remaining event schedule is as follows:

Messy Monday — Jan. 20; Feb. 17; March 3; March 24; April 21; and May 26. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Discovery Center on a Messy Monday and have a ball with messy art projects with the help of a professional artist. Messy Monday dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer.

Sizzling Sunday — Sunday, Jan. 26, 1-4 p.m. The museum has the sand and the maracas, you bring the sunglasses and sombreros. Wear your loudest shirt as you head south of the border, turn up the heat, and prepare for a fiesta — Discovery Center style! Explore culture, food and fun; hop into a volcano; enjoy live music by Frank Calvagna; and immerse yourself in the captivating rhythms of Mexico.

Chocolate Sundae Sunday — Sunday, Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m. Cost is $1.50 for members, $2.50 for the public in addition to museum admission. Join the museum for this delicious annual event. Enjoy a sundae you design yourself, create special valentine crafts, and delight in the toe-tapping tunes of the Auburn High School Jazz Ensemble.

Discover Engineering — Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kick off National Engineers Week as dozens of professional engineers from local firms set up shop in Discovery Center spaces to give kids and adults hands-on experiences. Engage your brain and conquer fun challenges, meet high school robotics teams, erect your own edifice, make-and-take some amazing stuff, and enjoy special science demonstrations.

Pi Day — Friday, March 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Pi (without the “e”) is the Greek letter (π) used in mathematics to represent the irrational number (3.14159…) that results when dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter. Join the celebration around the globe March 14 as the museum parties and plays with circles and shapes and puzzles and games.

Bubble Festival — Saturday, March 15. Tickets in advance are $4 for the public, $3 members; and at the door, $5 public, $4 members. Registration opens Feb. 3. Museum admission is extra. Discovery Center celebrates National Bubble Week with bubble-celebrity Geoffrey Akins’ live performances and sudsy science fun. After the show, join the museum in the Bubble-Palooza Playground to test your soapy skill with bubble art and activities for the whole family.

Spring into Science — Monday-Friday, March 24-28. Grab your flip flops and shorts. From bouncing beach balls to sculpting sand, jump-start your spring break with exciting science fun. Experience amazing science demonstrations, explore the spring night sky in the planetarium show, and get hands-on with fresh art and creative crafts.

Nano Day — Saturday, March 29, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Explore the incredible infinitesimal world of Nano Science. Greeting cards that sing, fabric that stretches, and thermometers that turn color owe their remarkable properties to this cutting-edge technology. Meet real scientists, learn about future applications, and delve into special hands-on projects as you discover how tiny size can make an enormous difference.

Egg Hunt — Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Discovery Center joins Burpee Museum for this annual egg-stravaganza! Hop into your favorite museum to fill your basket with yummy treats. Kids 9 and younger can look for eggs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The rest of the time, children of all ages can create super springtime art and jump into egg-cellent fun.

Monstrous Sunday — Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. From whimsical to frightful, monsters are delightful. Come dressed as or bring your favorite monster for this mythical magical romp. Explore everyday physics principles that demystify movie magic. Plus, manufacture monstrous treats and create creature crafts. The place where science meets imagination will tease and please the little monster in all of us.

Astronomy Day — Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Discovery Center celebrates National Astronomy Day with free planetarium shows, star maps and glittery star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star the sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club.

Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Call (815) 963-6769 or visit

Posted Jan. 15, 2014

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