Exploration Station Bourbonnais
Where are we going today?
Kids - have you ever flown a jet plane, or sailed on a ship? No? Well - now is your chance!
Exploration Station is all about giving kids hands-on experiences that will teach them as they play. Each of the activities at the museum are designed to enhance kids creativity, motor skills, coordination and development. Let's not forget giving them a great time too!
Kids of all ages are welcome at the museum, but the majority of the exhibits were designed for kids between 2 years and 8 years.
For those little ones, there is a separate toddler area, where they can play with age-appropriate activities, and friends their own age. They have thought of everything!
One of the great things about Exploration Station, is they teach children that there is no such thing as doing something "wrong". Let them gravitate towards the exhibit that interest them, and here they will learn problem solving, conflict resolution, and even career role play!
Kids can spend their time driving tractors, or working in a soda shop. They can even climb into the tower of a medieval castle with secret tunnels and a dungeon hide out!
The Illumination room is fun with lights, with a light writing wall, and Up Up and Away let's them actually create their own aircraft from foam pieces, and see how well the design took!
From cars, invention centers, and even STEM learning - it's all at the Exploration Station!
Great learning fun for kids in Illinois - what will you become first!?
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 12 months
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Mon - Sat / 1pm - 5pm Sun
Closed Mondays from Sept to May.
They offer great field trips for 2.5 hours, with discounts. Make sure you book in advance. They can offer lunches too. .
It's a good idea to grab something to eat prior to arriving so you can focus on having a great time with all that energy!.
Any Top Tips?
If you're an Illinois resident, they offer FREE admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 1:30pm!.
Doing our bit
They have created a museum that is ALL about giving kids a great time as they learn. Each exhibit is designed to teach and develop a certain skill.
Need a little extra help?
The first Thursday of every month the Exploration Station holds an Evening “Special Families with Special Needs”; a night where families can come together to connect and play!.
Can I get one of those?
There is a souvenir stop gift kiosk where you can take home something fun AND educational! Members get 10% discounts..
All adults need ID to enter.
What people are saying?
by Kathy Cannon
I have been bringing my granddaughter since she was two. It is inexpensive, kid friendly for all ages and their special events are excellent. We have a family membership now.
by Susan Lionhart
One of my favorite places to go with my family in Grover Beach is Exploration Station. I think learning is always best when it is fun and the interactive exhibits at the Exploration Station are a wonderful family learning adventure.