Parents rejoice! Your kids are finally going to have some things to do besides play in the house and tell you they're bored.

One of life's greatest gifts to parents is museums. They're great for a number of reasons. They're super educational and can double as a day of class and a fun adventure. They're usually super interactive and a great way for kids to let off some steam. And on top of all of that, they offer great programs for parents and families.

The Discovery Center Museum offers all of those great things right here in Rockford. The museum announced it will reopen its doors to the public on Jan. 24, after temporarily closing in November due to the State of Illinois’ COVID-19 Tier 3 mitigations. Because you know #pandemic.

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The museum will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 am; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., according to the museum.

So how are they keeping in check with all of the new safety guidelines? All of their guests must make advance reservations for 2-hour play sessions. Time between sessions will be used for enhanced cleaning and sanitization. Face coverings will be required for all guests ages 5 and older and strongly encouraged for children younger than 5. Temperature checks and health screenings will be required of all guests and staff prior to museum entry.

So starting this morning (Monday, Jan. 18) at 9 a.m., reservations can also be made by phone at 815-963-6769. Reservations can be made online here.


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