1. Discovery Center Museum

8.8
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL
Museum · River District · 10 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Peanuts...Naturally is here until Jan 8, 2011 - check it out!

2. Beef-A-Roo

7.4
3401 S Alpine Rd (Mayflower), Rockford, IL
Fast Food Restaurant · 20 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: There are several around town, and they're all great! Read more.

3. Taco John's

6.8
3269 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL
Fast Food Restaurant · 7 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Oh, right. Now I remember why I haven't been to a Taco John's in so long. Entirely unimpressive.

4. Bounce-O-Rama

6489 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL
Playground · 1 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: There is a smaller play area for the three-and-under set, as well as full-sized houses and slides for the 12-and-unders. Grown-ups just watch!

5. All Day Donut

3511 State St, Rockford, IL
Donut Shop · 4 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Bring cash! The donuts are so inexpensive, you need to buy three to make the $2 charge minimum. How great is that? The donuts are fresh and the seating area is clean.

6. Banana Cherry Bakery

Rockford, IL
Bakery · 1 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: New items every day, and it's all fantastic. My new favorite bakery!

7. Barnes & Noble

7.7
(S. Cherryvalle Mall Dr.), Rockford, IL
Bookstore · 8 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Fun Thomas table, good children's section. Good selection in general. And a Starbucks, which is always a plus. The wifi is awful, though.

8. Alpine Park

Alpine Park (Alpine Rd.), Rockford, IL
Park · 2 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: The playground is closed for resurfacing until 6/15/11. The swings and roller slide are still open, though.

9. Winans - Chocolates & Coffee

7.0
6735 Miller Ln, Dayton, OH
Coffee Shop · 6 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: I guess I can't take a pour over to go? That sucks, but the Americano will be fine, too.

10. GreenFire Restaurant Bar & Bakery-Woodfire Pizza

8.1
6795 E Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL
American Restaurant · Northeast · 29 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Lots of organic and interesting food. Pricey, but not unreasonable, especially for the quality.

11. Magic Waters Waterpark

6.4
7820 N Cherryvale Blvd, Cherry Valley, IL
Water Park · 14 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: For the 2011 season, admission is only $10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Read more.

12. The Olympic Tavern

9.3
2327 N Main St (Fulton), Rockford, IL
American Restaurant · Northwest · 40 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Great beer selection, excellent menu, and of course the patio is lovely.

13. Chocolat by Daniel

6.1
211 E State St, Rockford, IL
Dessert Shop · Downtown Rockford · 10 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Great place for adults, but not child friendly - the owner made several snide remarks about my toddler, even though he was not bothering the other couple in the shop. No high chair was available.

14. Discovery Center Museum

8.8
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL
Museum · River District · 10 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Peanuts...Naturally will be here through the holidays - check it out!

15. Midway Village Park and Walking Path

Illinois
Park · Northeast · 5 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: There's a little playground and a big field, up a side path off of the wooded part of the walking path. Kids can slide, swing, climb, run around!

16. JMK Nippon Restaurant

8.8
2551 N Perryville Rd (Perry Creek Pkwy), Rockford, IL
Restaurant · 34 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Skip the teppan tables, eat at Masa. Have the miso salmon or an udon bowl or yakisoba! And sushi, of course.

17. Morning Glory

915 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL
Café · 4 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Breakfast all day!

18. Discovery Center Museum

8.8
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL
Museum · River District · 10 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Check out Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body - here October 2 through January 2!

19. Nickel World

3321 N Main St, Rockford, IL
Arcade · Northwest · 2 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: An inexpensive way to spend an hour or two with the family.

20. The Olympic Tavern

9.3
2327 N Main St (Fulton), Rockford, IL
American Restaurant · Northwest · 40 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Great food, fantastic beer selection. Good atmosphere.

21. Anderson Japanese Gardens

8.9
318 Spring Creek Rd (Route 251), Rockford, IL
Garden · Northeast · 17 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Take a few minutes to sit in the listening pavilion up near the west waterfall. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and really listen.

22. Edwards Apple Orchard

8.5
7061 Centerville Rd, Poplar Grove, IL
Farm · 39 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Apples! Pie! Donuts! Tractors to climb on! Basically, autumnal heaven for children and adults alike.

23. Meg's Daily Grind

7.5
1141 N Alpine Rd (at Guilford), Rockford, IL
Coffee Shop · Northeast · 14 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Seasonal syrups aren't only seasonal here - you can have Irish Cream, peppermint, whatever pretty much any time you want it!

24. Santa’s Village Azoosment Park

7.9
601 Dundee Ave, East Dundee, IL
Theme Park · 20 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Great family day! Most of the rides are suitable even for younger kids (w/an adult). My pre-K loved it, and only missed out on the bumper cars. Food prices are not unreasonable, parking is free.

25. Toys"R"Us

6.7
6449 E State St, Rockford, IL
Toy / Game Store · 2 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: I hate this store. The layout is bad, the aisles are too narrow, the customer service center is slow, and I just hate it.

26. Meg's Daily Grind

7.5
1141 N Alpine Rd (at Guilford), Rockford, IL
Coffee Shop · Northeast · 14 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: Caramel pumpkin latte: fantastic!

27. Anderson Japanese Gardens

8.9
318 Spring Creek Rd (Route 251), Rockford, IL
Garden · Northeast · 17 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: If you are also visiting the restaurant, try the chicken curry or the SE Asian street noodles. Both are fantastic!

28. Rockford Public Library

6.6
215 N Wyman St, Rockford, IL
Library · Downtown Rockford · 7 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: The children's librarians are wonderful, and do a great job with story times.

29. Sininissippi Park

7.7
1401 N 2nd St (Ethel Ave), Rockford, IL
Park · Northeast · 6 tips and reviews

Julie E.Julie E: The lagoon is closed because of construction on the new Conservatory, but the Rose Garden is still open, and there are still ducks to be found along the river.