The Rockford area has some fantastic museums and gardens! If you want to visit these gems with your kids, you don’t have to break the bank. Here’s a list of 2020’s free or donation days for attractions in the Rockford area.

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Donation days have not yet been announced, but are typically in the summer. We will add as soon as we receive them.

Burpee Museum of Natural History

January 6, 14, 22, 27 and 30

February 3, 14, 18, and 26

March 3, 11, 19, 25, and 31

April 6, 14, 22, and 30

May 6, 12, 18, and 26

June 3, 17, and 29

July 6, and 21

August 3, 11, 19 and 27

September 2, 8, 14, 17, 22, and 30

October 6, 12, 20, and 28

November 3, 11, 19, and 27

December 1, 7, 15, and 23

Discovery Center

Free for IL residents only.

The Discovery Center does not publicize donation days. Call the museum at 815-963-6769 to ask about upcoming donation days.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

First Tuesday of every month.

Midway Village

January 8, 15, 22, and 29

February 5, 12, 19 and 26

March 4, 11, 18 and 25

April 1, 8, 15, and 22

May 6, 13, 20 and 27

June 3, 10, 17, and 24

July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

August 5, 12, 19 and 26

September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

October 7, 14, 21 and 28

November 4, 11, 18 and 25

December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

Nicholas Conservatory does not offer donation or free days, but does offer a Tropical Tuesday discount $4 for Rockford residents, $5 for non-residents.

Rockford Art Museum

Museum entry is free every day until January 26th.

Every Tuesday from 10 am – 5 pm

Rotary Botanical Gardens

Rotary Botanical Gardens holds a Community Appreciation Day each summer. We will add the date as soon as it’s published.

Tinker Swiss Cottage

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

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