Rockford hosts hands-on morning

December 20, 2013 by  

The Blazer Foundation of Rockford will be sponsoring ‘Mornings of Fun for Everyone’ at the Discovery Center Museum later this month. This is a rare opportunity for those children with special needs and their families to experience the museum’s activities and multi-sensory exhibits before the general public is allowed in. Nutritious snacks will be offered at 10:00 am.

The Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation Department will staff the event to help and provide information. Families may stay and enjoy the exhibits after the center is opened to the general public. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The Discovery Center Museum offers a wide array of educational programs and exhibits emphasizing Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering to students in and around Rockford. Its mission is to guide elementary through Middle-School children into those fields, thus creating future scientists, doctors, and engineers. Exhibits are interactive and fun-oriented with hands-on activities that involve daily-life math activities. One example is the Figure It Out Center, which presents relationships and patterns through shapes, sequencing, symmetry, and shadowing. Another exhibit, the interactive wall in the Simple Machine center, allows visitors to sit in chairs and lift themselves up using pulleys.

In 2012, the center had more than 149,000 visitors, in excess of 40,000 attendees to its educational programs, and upwards of 60,000 children participating in after school programs. Printing companies’ franchisers may be among those that want to volunteer for a community-business exposure venture or to become sponsors, including those based in nearby Loves Park.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 28, from 9:00 am – 10:00 am at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N Main St, Rockford.