Smash your pumpkin at Rockford’s Discovery Center Nov. 2

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Not sure what to do with that Jack-o-lantern with the face that’s starting to turn black and cave in? Take the kids and your gloomy gourd to Discovery Center after Halloween. Watch catapults set the orange guy aloft and see your pumpkin turn to pulp from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, for the museum’s annual Smashing Pumpkins event.

Send your jack-o-lantern flying through the air with Discovery Center’s trebuchet, a counterweight catapult used in medieval times. For the smaller pumpkins, there will be a catapult built just for them! Create your own miniature catapult and learn how to lob. Take part in various fall arts and crafts activities. A smashing good time for people of all ages!

Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit organization providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with more than 250 hands-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children younger than 5, and an outdoor science park. Discovery Center Museum is the nation’s fifth Best Museum for Families according to USA TODAY/, and one of 12 museums included in’s article, “The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.”

The museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission to the museum is: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to museum members and children age 1 and younger. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Call (815) 963-6769 or visit

Posted Oct. 31, 2014

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