Last week we took a long weekend in Rockford. As members of the Normal Children's Discovery Museum we get reciprocal benefits at the Rockford Discovery Museum and so our entrance fee was waived. The Rockford Discovery Center Museum was so much fun. The exhibits are far more science focused than the Normal museum. We put our hands in a tornado, made a giant metal ring jump from magnet to magnet, and measured the speed of our pitching.
While we had heard complaints that the museum was not well kept, we found all the exhibits in working order and the building was really clean.
The best part of the Discovery Center was the playground. I'll have to update with photographs because it will be hard to do it justice. It is a dense wooden playscape with lots of pullies and ball runs and even a cave. There was a huge sandbox with dinosaur bones to dig out.