A high ranking for our own Discovery Center Museum should come as no surprise to any of us who live here, and/or who've enjoyed many happy hours there with our children.

A blog post at Way2GoodLife has just come out with their rankings of the best children's museums in the Midwest, and Rockford's own Discovery Center is featured prominently on that list. In addition to places like the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Cosi (Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio), and The Minnesota Children's Museum, Way2GoodLife says that Rockford's Discovery Center is a "must-see."

The Discovery Center Museum in Rockford is all about discovery – which is what kids do best! There are over 250 hands-on art and science exhibits your children can participate in. There is a Tot Spot that is made especially for toddlers as well an amazing two-story maze that is 8,000 square feet big! Kids will love playing in their water area and dig for dinosaur fossils. There are tons of rotating events and activities so make sure you check out their calendar before you go.

You may or may not be aware that this is not the first time that the Discovery Center has been on the receiving end of rave reviews. There have been a few other notable mentions for the Discovery Center:

  • 2016: Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence
  • 2015: Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence
  • 2014: Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence
  • Flipkey.com names Discovery Center in list of top family attractions
  • USA TODAY names Discovery Center #5 in top 10 "Best Museums for Families"
  • USA TODAY/ 10Best.com Reader's Choice Award - Discovery Center earned 5th place in its contest for "10 Best Museums for Families"
  • DestinationsTravelMagazine.com included Discovery Center in its list of “Nation’s Best Children’s Museums”
  • Family Vacation Critic names Discovery Center one of the "10 Best Children's Museums in the U.S."
  • Forbes names Discovery Center a top children's museum in the article, "The 12 Best Children's Museums in the U.S."
  • Discovery Center Museum named a Top Ten Children's Museum in the book The 10 Best of Everything published by National Geographic Society