Education Matters: Learning at Rockford’s Discovery Center


Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean learning has to stop.

Kids and parents can find hundreds of hands-on exhibits to spark their interest at the Discovery Center.  It’s part children’s museum, part science center.  The Discovery Center Museum in Rockford offers something for people of all ages to enjoy.

“We’ve got lots of hands-on exhibits that relate to math and science that are fun for kids,” said Ann Marie Walker, Marketing Director for the museum.  “But, they can also learn a little something while they’re here and, actually, the adults learn quite a few things while they’re here as well.”

Kids from three-years-old to middle school age can attend summer camps at the Discovery Center.  Each session features a different theme.

“Everything, from our junior Jedi camp, to myth busting, and being a zoo keeper for a week,” asserts Education Specialist, Meghan Richards.

To make the most of the summer, the Discovery Center has special daily programs like Messy Mondays and Family Fridays, all to go along with existing features.

“We’ve got our wonderful outdoor park, which is more than 8,000 sq. ft., including a two story maze and a water play area, a cave, and whisper dishes and a secret garden and lots more.”

Even though kids are out of the classroom for the summer, they’re still learning while playing.

“When we can have fun we can really spark curiosity,” said Richards.  “We can spark that love of life long learning in kids. And that’s something we can do here during  the summertime that gets them revved up and excited to take more science and math classes as they go forward in the educational career.”

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