Selected Community Events
Discovery Center Museum
Located inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois
Geoff Akins Hannah considers himself both a magician and a bubbleologist. Akins Hannah will demonstrate his skills as both during six live “Bubble Wonders” performances at Discovery Center’s 2014 Bubble Festival on Saturday, March 15.
Bubbles and imaginations will run wild! Akins Hannah does amazing things with ordinary soap and water. Following each live performance, audiences will be invited to test their own bubble skills with bubble art and activities in the Bubble-Palooza Playground. It’s sudsy-science fun!
Akins Hannah creates huge wobbly electric dancing bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, hand-blown bubbles, bubble caterpillars, bubble ice-cream cones, bubble snowmen, smoke-filled volcano bubbles, a fully-functioning bubble merry-go-round & even the impossi-bubble square bubble! He blows bubbles…and minds! The theme of the Bubble Wonders show is “Anything is possible.” Positive messages about the power of persistence and following your dream are woven throughout the shows.
Shows are at 9:00 am; 10:30 am; Noon; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 3:30 pm.
In advance: $4 Public/$3 Members (through March 14)
At the door: $5 Public/$4 Members
(Museum admission extra for General Public: $8 adults; $8 children; age 1 and younger is free)
To reserve tickets, call 815.963.6769.
200 Prairie Street | Rockford, IL 61107
MELTFEST 2014 – March 22, 2014
Downtown Rockford: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spring is just around the corner and it is time to celebrate the melting away of winter and the melting together of the community.
MELTFEST 2014 is a family friendly festival that will take place on Saturday, March 22nd. The event will take place downtown Rockford between the Prairie Street Brewhouse and the Riverview Icehouse just off of Madison Street. Admission to the festival is free and there will be a wide range of activities for attendees to partake in; including:
• Live Musical Performances by the Missing Links and Unity the Band
• Indoor and Outdoor Food and Merchandise Vendors
• Complimentary Ice Skating and Skate Rental
• Complimentary Trolley Rides
• Early Morning 5K Run/Walk (taking participants through three different wards and five historic districts of Rockford)
• Group Bike Ride
• Kid Activities / Area
• Other Surprise Performances
The event will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and promises to have a little bit for everyone. For more information on the event or to register in advance for the 5K or Group Bike Ride please visit www.meltfest.com.
Proceeds from the event will be given to the Community Center Collaborative which is made up of five local community centers, including: Boys and Girls Club, Harlem Community Center, Ken-Rock Community Center, Patriots Gateway Community Center, and Northwest Community Center.
For more info or to get involved as a vendor, sponsor, or participant please contact Brian at
Brian Huels, 815-978-4228, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monroe Center Community Church Family Fun Fair
Monroe Center Fire Station 104 West St. Monroe Center, IL 61052
The fun fair will provide a family friendly atmosphere complete with concessions, games, a cake walk, Touch-A- Truck & local vendors.
.50 a ticket or $5.00 for 15 tickets
All proceeds will benefit the MCCC New Building Fund.
Kelly Meyers 815.988.6723
Week of the Young Child Family Fun Fair
Heartland Community Church
Week of the Young Child, an annual event that will take place April 6-12, 2014, is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and will be celebrating its 43rd year. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children (birth-age 8) and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The third annual Early Childhood Family Fun Fair will help kick-off the community events in the Rockford area on April 5 at Heartland Community Church. Developmental information and activities will be available at the 2014 Family Fun Fair. Free.