Winter break rescue at Discovery Center Museum

Once the presents have been unwrapped and the cookies baked (and gobbled up), you face—as generations of moms and dads have before you—the dreaded Winter Break.

But, intrepid parent, never fear. Because with just a quick road trip to Rockford, your Winter Break worries are a thing of the past, thanks to Holiday Hoopla at Discovery Center Museum.

The popular program, which takes place during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, uses the traditions of the season to teach important math and science concepts (and give parents a little, and much-needed, break). So kids can do things like vote for their favorite Christmas cookie or snip a lacy snowflake, amongst other festive activities.

Plus, Holiday Hoopla includes holiday planetarium shows and live science demonstrations, not to mention Discovery Center’s more than 250 hands-on exhibits, which range from faves like the traintastic Tot Spot and an oversized Lite Brite wall to the Illinois-focused Ag-Zibit and an area focused on Rockford’s very own astronaut.

And best of all—at least for your wallet suffering from holiday-based fatigue—most of the activities are free with admission to the museum.

So while you’re writing out those thank-you notes for your family’s holiday haul, you might want to include one for Discovery Center Museum. We’re thinking you’ll want to voice your gratitude to those brave folks who rescued you from Winter Break Purgatory yet again.

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