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Digging deep, and sailing the seven seas

Rockford museum offers family days on Fridays

ROCKFORD – Adventure on the high seas and gardening secrets are a small part of the package of fun waiting at Discovery Center Museum.

Family Fridays are designed to please people of a wide range of ages who want to embark on an experience that makes learning a pleasure.

How Does Your Garden Grow will be the focus of the July 12 program. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the secrets of the Earth will be revealed as visitors explore seeds. They’ll dissect a flower, count petals, look for hidden color, and get to know worms and pill bugs. This is playing in the dirt, so guests should dress accordingly.

Juggling will be performed by Jason Kollum from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 19. This program includes a workshop for kids. Between performances, visitors can explore the museum’s other exhibits. Registration for the shows and workshops is necessary.

The shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; workshops for children 3 and older are at 12:40, 1:30, and 3:30 p.m. Register by calling 815-963-6769.

Pirates will love the art of Swashbuckling Science, which will be from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 26. Among the activities are designing a boat, navigating by the stars, and exploring eye patches for a closer look.

Whoosh will involve learning to master kites, and manipulate the wind and air. The windy event will be from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2.

The final two sessions are from 11 a.m .to 3:30 p.m in August. Visitors should dress in clothing that can get wet.

Does It Float? will deal with sinking subs, making a toy, and dunking computer monitors and other objects into a tank. The session is Aug. 9.

Splish, Splash, Splat on Aug. 15 continues the damp theme. Participants can bring fruit to use as ammunition for a catapult, will make dripping art, and even can get their families wet. Water balloon ballistics will be included.

Besides these summer offerings, the museum’s regular exhibits are open. Especially appealing in the summer is the Rock River Discovery Park, an outdoor science area. Here kids can explore a cave, look over a lock and dam system, and dig for dinosaur bones. Inside choices are Simple Machines, Wild Weather, Color & Light, Air & Flight, and Tot Spot for children 6 and younger.

If you go ...

What: Discovery Center Museum

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day

Where: 711 N. Main St., Rockford

Cost: $8. Children 1 and younger, no charge

Information: Visit or call 815-963-6769.

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