The Stateline area has some fantastic museums and gardens! Visiting these gems with your kids doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s a list of 2019’s free or donation days for attractions in the Rockford area.

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.

January 7, 14, 23, 28

February 4, 11, 20, 25

March 6, 11, 18

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

May 7, 12 (free for mothers on Mother’s Day) 13, 20

June 3, 17

July 1, 10, 22

August 6, 19

Dates not yet released for September – December

Tinker Swiss Cottage

January -Tuesdays & Wednesdays

February- Tuesdays & Wednesdays

March -Tuesdays & Wednesdays

April – All Wednesdays

May – All Tuesdays

June 5, 12, 19

July 10, 17

August 15, 21, 28

September – All Tuesdays

October 2, 9

November 5, 6, 12, 13

December 4, 11

Midway Village

January 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

February 7, 14, 21, 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28

April 4, 11, 18, 25

May 4 (Village Opening Day), 9, 23

June 6, 20

July 11, 25

August 8, 22

September 5, 12, 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26

December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

Rockford Art Museum

Every Tuesday from 10 am – 5 pm

Discovery Center

Free for IL residents only.

Donation days have not yet been announced. We will add as soon as we receive them.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

First Tuesday of every month.

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Donation days have not yet been announced. We will add as soon as we receive them.

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

Nicholas Conservatory does not offer donation or free days.

Rotary Botanical Gardens

Donation days have not yet been announced. We will add as soon as we receive them.

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