The stateline has some fantastic museums and gardens! Visiting these gems with your kids doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s a list of 2018’s remaining free or donation days for attractions in Rockford and Janesville.

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Please note Burpee’s donation days may change without notice. See their calendar to confirm donation day before heading there.

July 12, 26

August 9, 23

September 5, 12, 19, 26

October 3, 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 31

November 7, 13, 14

December 3, 10, 17

Tinker Swiss Cottage

July 18, 25

August 22, 29

September – Every Tuesday

October 2, 9, 16

November 6, 13

December 5, 12

Midway Village

July 22 – Community Picnic Day

11 am – 4 pm

Tours, exhibits, music, projects, and family-friendly yoga at 11:30 am

Rockford Art Museum

Every Tuesday from 10 am – 5 pm

Discovery Center

Free for IL residents only.

August 22, 23, 29, 30

September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 18, 25

November 1, 8, 15, 29

December 6, 13

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

First Tuesday of every month.

August 7

September 4

October 2

November 6

December 4

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Third Thursday of every month

July 19

August 16

September 20

October 18

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

Nicholas Conservatory does not offer donation or free days.

Rotary Botanical Gardens

July 18

August 14

Free or Donation Days for Stateline Museums and Gardens in 2018

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