Group Visits

Teachers: Are you concerned about the rising prices of transportation and limited funds for field trips? Below are some links to look at regarding grants that might apply to your class/school!

Target Field Trip Grant Information

The National Education Association Foundation Grant Information

Kohl's Cares Field Trip Program Information

Donors Choose Information

**Please note that Exploration Station is not responsible for these grants nor will be applying for these grants for teachers/schools. It is up to the teacher/school to complete the process if they so choose to move forward after further research.

Walk-in groups will pay the general admission fees.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult while at the Exploration Station...a children's museum. And, on the same note, adults must be accompanied and supervised by a child in order to visit the museum.

*Donation Afternoons do not apply to groups of 10 or more.

When you arrive at Exploration Station, here are some tips to make your field trip a more enjoyable experience:

  • Remind your students about the three main museum rules: No running, Stay with your adult leader and Pick up after yourself.
  • Chaperones are required to supervise their assigned children in all areas of the museum.
  • Help your children pick up before leaving there play area.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum play area. Food and Drinks are only allowed in the lunchroom (multipurpose room) during their assigned lunch times.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult around the Souvenir Stop gift kiosk.
  • Questions can be directed to the front desk/admission clerk or any museum staff member.

When you are ready to book your field trip please use the field trip packet as a guide for booking your trip! 


For an additional $2.00 -$5.00 per student, your group may add a program to your museum visit. Click on the link below for a detailed program listing. 

We follow Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) & Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for all group programming.


Field Trip Group Program Listing


Programs and pricing are subject to change. Please call for availability.


Exploration Station...a children's museum and Strickler Planetarium have partnered up to offer a discounted rate to any group wishing to visit both destinations on the same day.  Any group that books a field trip to both the children's museum and planetarium will receive $1 off admission per student from each institution. The Strickler planetarium is just a few blocks away from Exploration Station on the grounds of the Olivet Nazarene University.  The planetarium has shows to fit almost any age group. For more information visit click here. For reservations to the planetarium please call 815-939-5395 or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Be sure to mention that you are visiting the planetarium as well in order to qualify for your group discount when booking your trip to the museum!

Book your field trip today by calling the Museum Group & Reservation Coordinator, Tammy Anderson, at (815) 933-9905 ext 352 or email Tammy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm



Fall/Winter Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 

10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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