Birthday Parties and Overnights at the Museum
1/2 off facepainting for entire party.
Must mention special at the time of booking.
Birthday Party Packages
The Exploration Station...a children's museum is the perfect location for your next birthday party. All party packages include museum admission for 20 guests and the birthday child. The 20 guests include both children and adults.
Basic No Frills Party
Package includes: Party Room for 1½ hours & unlimited play time in the museum
- Member's Fee: $175.00
- Non-Member's Fee: $200.00
- Extra Guests: $4.00 each
After Hours Party
Package Includes: Party room and museum for 3 hours from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Member's Fee: $350.00
- Non-Member's Fee: $375.00
- Extra Guests: $5.00 each
Birthday Trimmings for up to (20) guests- $50.00
Includes cupcakes, juice drink, lined tables, balloons, streamers, napkins, invitations (20), and the birthday child's name on our marquise.
Additional Trimmings-$2.50 each
Need birthday trimmings for more than (20) guests? No problem. Each additional guest setting is $2.50 each.
Face Painting - $20.00
Every child in your party will get their faces painted during the party time for one flat fee.
Pizza Deal - $38.00
Add three 16" one-topping pizzas to any package.
Additional Pizzas- $14.00 each
Need more than 3 pizzas? No Problem. Each additional 16" one-topping pizza is only $14.00.
Smash Cake - $7.00 each
Add a smash cake to your little one’s first birthday party and let him/her tear into the fun. Don’t worry about the mess; it all cleans up.
Bamboo Visit - $25.00
Is your little one into fun characters? If yes, then Bamboo is for you! The Exploration Station's panda bear mascot, Bamboo will visit your party for 15-20 minutes to help sing "Happy Birthday". You will also receive 2 photographs of your child with Bamboo and the party guests.
Need a little extra time in the Party Room? No problem.
- Museum Members & Township Residents: $40.00
- Non-Members and Non-Residents: $50.00
There is a 1:5 adult to child ratio required for all parties. Adults are responsible for supervising children while they play/explore the museum.
*Package fee includes a $25 non-refundable reservation fee which must be paid with a signed contract required at the time of booking. Any cancellations, changes and final party balance must be made at least 14 days prior to the party date. Parties booked less than 14 days prior to party date will be issued a $25 late booking fee and must pay by cash or credit card. No checks will be allowed if the party is booked within 14 days of the party. Prices are subject to change.
The Exploration Station currently has two party rooms to choose from based on availability.
The Multipurpose Room
is a large room with a capacity for up to 50 guests. This room has 8 foot rectangular tables (1 head table and up to 6 for seating) and blue chairs. Our Multi-Purpose room was remodeled in September 2014 with fresh and inviting yellow walls and a beautiful yet durable floor that is blue with a red border.
The Activity Room
has capacity for up to 24 guests. The room has one six foot rectangular head table and 3 round tables for seating. Tables and chairs are beige.
Birthday Party Contract
Exploration Station Facility Rentals
Are you planning a party, fundraiser, school event, business meeting, baby shower or holiday party? Let us offer you a unique setting for your event! Special programs, demonstrations, activities, or food can be tailored to your needs. Dining is available for up to 50 and the museum can accommodate up to 200 guests. If you are with a non-for-profit organization please ask for our special discount.
Contact (815) 933-9905 3 for more details or to book your party.
Exploration Station Rental Contract
Exploration Station Overnight Packages
Our add-on menu will customize any of our birthday party packages to suit your needs.
UNROLL SOME OVERNIGHT FUN AT
THE EXPLORATION STATION
All of our Overnight Packages include:
Play time in the museum from 8:00pm—8:00am
- Multi-purpose Room & Kitchen use
- Tables & Chairs
- Admission for 15 children
- 5 FREE adult chaperones
- FREE parking
- An Exploration Station Overnight Patch for each child participant
- Exploration Station staff member on site during overnight. (Museum staff will not be responsible for directly supervising overnight participants.)
Extra Participant Fee: Children-$11 each/Adults-$6 each
Package also includes:
- Scavenger Hunt
Activity Filled Overnight
Extra Participant Fee: Children-$14 each/Adults-$6 each
Package also includes:
- Staff led instruction of requirements to complete a badge
- Supplies necessary for badge completion
- Extra time can be added to an overnight for a $50 per hour fee.
- Face painting can be added to an overnight for an added charge of $20 per hour.
- Bamboo Visit-$25.00 (includes a 15-20 minute visit from Bamboo to help sing "Happy Birthday" and you will receive (2) photos for keepsakes.
- Birthday Trimmings for up to (20) guests-$50.00 (includes lined tables, cupcakes, juice drink, balloons, streamers, napkins, invitations (20), and the birthday child's name on our marquise.