Hands-on exploration and discovery for children of all ages!
Come in and explore our various activities.
There’s always something happening!
Exploration Station is always running new programs for your little ones.
Where the focus is on exploring!
Exploration Station is designed to follow what interests your child.


The Exploration Station is an interactive learning space for children to engage in hands-on exploration and discovery. Here education comes alive and children of all ages are encouraged to chase their curiosities and explore their interests. Children and their families, teachers, and other caregivers are all welcome to enjoy this special space. The majority of our exhibits are designed for children between the ages of 2-8 years old, but we encourage people of all ages to explore our exhibits and experience the fun of learning. We have a designated toddler area for little ones, designed specifically for children 36” and under or those who are still learning to crawl and walk.

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Plan Your Visit

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Embark on an exciting and enriching experience with your child. Explore our hands-on exhibits, participate in our daily activities...

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Promoting socialization, problem solving, conflict resolution, career role play, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

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Become a member at the Exploration Station for discounts on programs, parties, and gift shop purchases!



About Us

The museum opened its doors on July 28, 1990 through the efforts of dedicated and inspired volunteers. In late 1987, Marilyn O’Flaherty, a retired Bradley art teacher, presented the concept of a hands-on exploration and discovery museum for the children to the Bourbonnais Township Park District.

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Children's Museum

Exploration Station Hours:


Monday:        CLOSED

Tuesday:       10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Thursday:     10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday:           10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:       10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday:        CLOSED


Sundays are available for birthday parties or private rentals. Mondays are available for group visits only.