Before you toss that squishy rotting pumpkin into the garbage, keep it outside until you bag it up and bring it to this grand spectacle of an event.

Not one child (or adult for that matter) should pass up the opportunity to have some big fun launching their pumpkin from high in the air and smashing it into pieces.

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

The annual Smashing Pumpkins event is back this year!

Time to give your gourd a proper send off as it splats across the parking lot at Rockford Discovery Center Museum.

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

The Smashing Pumpkins event is Sunday, November 7. The museum staff have a really fun and educational day planned.

Museum sessions: 9:30 am – Noon and 1 - 4:00 pm

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

Explore ways to crack, smash or pitch your pumpkin using Newton’s Laws of Motion and simple machines. Kids will learn how to build a pumpkin catapult, among other fall crafts.

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

Outdoor activities: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

This is where the messy fun happens. Bring your pumpkins and gourds and watch hem become 'parking lot projectiles'.

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

The cost of the event is $10 for the public and FREE for members of the museum.

Discovery Center Museum via Facebook

Here's the most important detail for Sunday's activities:


Reservations and masks are required

To make your reservations, click here, or call 815-963-6769.

Sounds like a perfect Sunday, well almost. Maybe some donuts and cider after the event ends.

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