The first egg of your journey
ROCKFORD – Discovery Center Museum is breaking out of its shell this month by going off its beaten path to celebrate Easter, and that path leads to fun inside and outside the museum.
Wait a minute. Didn’t we just visit this museum during a recent Day Trip? We sure did, but Discovery just happens to offer a timely, and egg-citing, opportunity to let kids play with their food, so we’re returning there this month.
The action begins from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 19, Good Friday, for Egg-cessorizing. The museum will provide kids decorations so they can create amazing Easter eggs. The event is BYOBE – Bring Your Own Boiled Egg. All you have to do to participate is to boil some eggs and bring them in so kids can turn them into their very own oval-shaped canvas.
Kids can use stickers, dye their eggs or use other colorful props to turn their food into fine art – maybe an unscrambled unicorn or a ninja turtle them, perhaps it’ll look like a stained glass window, or it could be a mini-masterpiece worthy of hanging in the Louvre. Let your imagination run wild.
The price to participate is $2 per child, and accompanying adults – there must be one adult for every two kids attending – get in free. If anyone wants to explore the museum, regular admission fees apply. Registration is not needed. The event is recommended for children 4 and older.
The next day, April 20, it’s time for the egg hunt, an event shared by the Discovery Center Museum and the neighboring Burpee Museum. Children ages 9 and younger can participate in the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hunts beginning at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Grab a basket and get ready.
Children will hunt for eggs and can take part in spring arts and crafts. Both museums will be open for one price: $10 for adults and $12 for kids. So, if your arrive early or stay late, you can have a look around – but participants need to be there for the hunt at least 20 minutes before it starts.
The Burpee Museum of Natural History is at 737 N. Main St. For information, visit burpee.org or call 815-965-3433. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Regular admission is $8 for ages 13 and older, $7 for ages 4 through 12, and free for those 3 and younger.
Discovery Center also offers the Mornings of Fun Egg Hunt for children with disabilities and their immediate families. The free event will be held inside the museum before it opens to the general public, from 9 to 10 a.m. April 20. It’s an opportunity to take part in the multi-sensory exhibits at no charge. Along with the hunting, a healthy snack will be served at 10 a.m. Those attending are welcome to stay after the museum opens to play and enjoy the day. Advanced registration is required at shawurl.com/3b2c or call 815-972-2839.
As always, there will be plenty of local egg hunts and seasonal fun, but if you want to stretch your legs and find some eggs, get ready to get cracking and have some fun in Rockford.
IF YOU GO ...
What: Discovery Center Museum
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday (not open Easter)
Where: 711 N. Main St., Rockford
Regular admission: $8 per person, free for ages 1 and younger
Distance: About 43 miles from Dixon
Accessibility: Accessible to wheelchairs
Information: discoverycentermuseum.org or 815-963-6769