Every 4th Tuesday
of the Month
Your children can discover the love of reading, improve their reading skills, or even boost their self – esteem by reading with a trained, licensed and certified therapy dog.
Pre-registration is required. Please call (815) 933-9905 ext. 2 for details.
Explore & More
Included with admission these activities take place daily and are educational opportunities for you and your children. they are on a first come first serve basis, so please sign up at the front desk. Some favorites are Kristi's Craft Corner, Story Book Tuesdays, and Science Fridays. Dates and times vary. Calendars are available at the museum or check our face book page.
May's Activities Calendar
Exploration Station now has Donation Afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Free afternoons are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 2:00 p.m. for Illinois residents. Proof of residency will be required.
Closed Mondays (except special holidays)
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00a.m.–5:30p.m.
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00a.m.–5:00p.m.
Office Hours: 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.
Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas, The day after Christmas (Dec 26), New Years Eve, and New Years Day.
April – August
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
& Saturday: 10:00a.m
Tuesday Thursday: 10:00a.m.–5:30p.m.
Office Hours: 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.
Closed on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Annual Fall Shutdown.
Don't Forget about our Annual Shutdown: Each year the children's museum closes for approx. 2 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September to update exhibits.
Please call or check our web site prior to your visit to verify facility hours. Phone: (815) 933-9905 option 2.
Children must be accompanied and supervised
by an adult while at 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.
Special Families with Special Needs Night
Don't Forget! 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!
1st Thursday of Each Month
Fee: Residents: $2 per person/ Non-Residents: $3 per person.
No pre-registration needed!
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Please contact us (815) 933-9905 for more information!
Field Trip News:
Children's Museum has partnered with local Strickler Planetarium for a great field trip package
Exploration Station...a children's museum and Strickler Planetarium have partnered to offer a discounted rate to any group wishing to visit both destinations. The Strickler planetarium is just a few blocks away from Exploration Station on the grounds of the Olivet Nazarene University. For more information on the planetarium click here. For reservations to the planetarium please call 939-5395 or email email@example.com.
To schedule a visit to the museum, contact Tammy Anderson via email or by calling 815.933.9905 ext. 352. Be sure to mention that you are visiting the planetarium as well in order to qualify for your group discount!
Birthdays & Parties:
Birthday Party Monthly Specials
We have updated our birthday party packages and party times! We are also offering special deals for birthdays each month. For more party details check out our Birthday Party