Discovery Center hosts New Year’s Eve celebration for families

Staff Report

Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum will host a kid-style New Year’s Eve party from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Science, games, music, crafts and art come together as Discovery Center counts down to midnight — somewhere in the world — at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. during “Countdown to Fun!”

Ring in the New Year with music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford. And no New Year’s Eve party would be complete without hats, confetti and party favors to add to the festivities.

Performance times are as follow:

• Confetti drop countdowns: 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

• Kantorei sings: 1 and 2 p.m.

• Science demonstrations: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

• Planetarium shows: noon and 2:30 p.m.

Cost (except planetarium shows) is included with admission to Discovery Center — $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; and free for Discovery Center members and children age 1 and younger. Planetarium shows are $1 for the public and 50 cents for members. The “Build It! Make It!” exhibit is also at the museum through Jan. 4, and the admission is $1 for members and $2 for the public.

Discovery Center will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and be closed Christmas Day. Discovery Center will be open normal hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Call (815) 963-6769 or visit discoverycentermuseum.org for more details.

From the Dec. 24-30, 2014, issue

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