Museum group rates
apply for groups of 10 or more individuals. Group visits are limited to 2 1/2 hours in the museum. More time can be added to a group visit for an additional fee. Groups must pre-register to receive the discounted rate. Walk-in groups will pay the general admission fees.
person for groups
$3.00 per person for Bradley and Bourbonnais Township
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.
Tuesday/Thursday Donation afternoons do not apply
to groups of 10 or more. Group admission does not include admission
to the live animal room.
Required group chaperones (1 adult for
every 5 children) and bus drivers receive free admission. Additional
adults accompanying groups are welcome and will be charged the group
The museum requires a 1:5 adult to child ratio. For every 5 students
that pay the admission fee, you receive 1 free admission for an adult
Additional Adults are welcome and will be charged at the group admission
rate. Teachers and staff are included in the adult chaperone count.
Groups with special needs are allowed a 1:1 adult to child ratio.
Groups who fail to properly supervise their children, forfeit their deposit.
A $50.00 booking deposit is required for all group
visits and must be received at least two weeks prior to your visit.
Deposits must accompany a Reservation Contract. Deposits will be refunded by mail after the visit, providing that the group has been properly supervised and there is no damage to the exhibits. Please remember that group visits are limited to 2 1/2 hours of exploration time in the museum including lunches.
Book your Visit:
Book your field trip today by calling the museum
program and trip coordinator Tammy Anderson at (815) 933-9905 ext
352 or send an email.
Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Facility hours are 10:00 am-5:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 - 5:00
p.m. on Sundays.
When you are ready to book your field trip please have
the following information ready:
- Dates interested in scheduling a visit
- Time of arrival and departure
- Lunch plans and times (50 max capacity in lunch room at one time)
- Name of program (if interested)
- Number of children
- Number of special needs children
- Number of adults (we require 1:5 ratio)
- Age of children
Groups may use the lunch room during their visit to
eat. Groups of up to 50 people get 1/2 hour time slots for lunch. Groups
may bring a snack, a sack lunch or purchase a meal from the museum kitchen. All meals must be arranged in advance.
Groups may purchase a hot lunch from the museum for $3.00
per child. Prices are subject to change.
Lunches must be ordered at least one week prior to your visit. Groups
may choose one meal choice for their group. Meal choices are Hot Dog
Meal, Cheese Pizza Meal, or Chicken Nugget Meal. All meals include chips, a juice pouch, and a dessert.
Weather permitting, groups may opt to eat lunch outside
under the pavilion or on picnic tables located throughout the Perry
Farm Park. Groups may want to bring blankets for picnic lunches in case the pavilion and tables are occupied on the day of your visit.
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 up to offer a discounted rate to any group wishing to visit both destinations. 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 939-5395 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To schedule a visit to the museum, contact Tammy Anderson at email@example.com 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!
While You're Here:
Check out the rest of Perry Farm Park! Outdoor opportunities
abound at the Perry Farm Park including 4 miles of paved, scenic walking
trails that wind through prairie, meadows, woods and along the banks
of the Kankakee River. Trail maps are available at the Exploration Station Front desk.
Be sure to visit our historic Perry Farm House, farm
and barns. The farm area is in walking distance from the children's museum. Bring extra change to feed the outdoor farm animals that
include miniature horses, burros, ducks, chickens, turkey, pheasants
and more. Animal numbers and variety vary with the seasons.
The park also features an accessible playground, a fruit
tree orchard, picnic areas, gazebos, and pavilion building with public
restrooms. Perry Farm Park Offers wonderful outdoor eating opportunities for visiting groups!
For more information on the Perry
Farm Park please contact the Bourbonnais Township Park District
at (815) 933-9905.
- Use of the
Multi-Purpose Room free of charge for lunch
- One free
adult chaperone for every five paid admissions
Station staff will give your group an orientation before entering
- Express check-in
- 2.5 hours of playtime in the museum
Although the museum is a hands-on experience,
children must be guided to recognize the difference between freedom
to explore and freedom to do whatever they choose. It is important to
emphasize good social skills and respect for other visitors and museum
Unruly or destructive groups will be dismissed from
the Exploration Station and the Perry Farm Park without a refund.
2012-2013 Group Programs:
an additional $2.00 per student, your group may add a program to your
All About Animals- Children will learn characteristics about: fish, birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles. Participants will have an opportunity to see and feel some of our live animals that live at the museum, plus there is a snake skin, sheep and leopard pelts, feathers and more textural examples for children to experience. The program concludes with animal craft. Be sure to stop by the live animal exhibit to see more incredible animals.
For those with a fear of
snakes, rest easy... this program does not include
live snakes. But it does include other really
wild animals that you will have to see for yourself! Illinois Learning Standards for Early Elementary: 11.A.1b, 12.A.1a, 12.A.1.b, 12.B.1a
Illinois Early Learning Standards: Benchmarks: 11.A.ECa, 12.A.ECa, 12.C.EC
3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! -Make your own rocket and blast it off! The whole museum will here the 3, 2, 1 countdown. Children will also learn a few facts about the 8 planets and the sun. After the program, be sure to check out our space center in the museum.
Illinois Learning Standards: 11.A.1b, 12.C.1b,
12.D.1a, 12.F.1a, 12.D.1b
Blow up a balloon without using your mouth, watch an egg magically drop into a jar, and create snow indoors! Children will learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and about polymers. Each class will take back some insta -snow to reuse at school. Meets the following Illinois Early Learning Standards:
Benchmarks: 7.A.ECa, 10.A.ECb, 12.D.EC
Come and experience the biggest thing for the smallest science. Nano is 1 billionth of a meter. In Nano scale, things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do. During this program children will:
Experience nano sand, & nano fabric
Measure themselves in nano meters, & learn how scent molecules can pass through a membrane.
Discover the effects of static electricity and more! Meets the following Illinois Learning Standards for Early Elementary:
12.D.1b, 13.B.1a, 13.B.1c
Meets the following Illinois Early Learning Standards:
Benchmarks: 11.A.ECa, 12.C.EC
Story and a Craft-Enjoy the story of "The Frog Prince", told on a felt story board. Then make a frog sand art necklace to take.
Illinois Early Learning Standards: Benchmarks: 1.A.ECa, 1.A.ECb, 1.B.ECa,
1.C.ECa, 1.C.ECb, 1.C.ECc
Spinning Art- Want to add a beautiful art project to your visit? Children can use our spin art machine to create works of art. The machine spins the paper and the child squirts paint on the surface. The colors swirl and blend making a colorful picture. The program also includes a sand art bottle project
A Visit from Bamboo the Panda- Visit with our adorable Panda mascot, Bamboo! Listen to a bear story, follow Bamboo as he dances and does the Limbo. A panda craft will also be included. Illinois Early Learning Standard: Benchmarks:
Under the Sea- The instructor will give descriptive clues about 20 sea creatures. The children will place shell markers on the pictures of the animals being discussed. Posters, models and actual animals can be observed close up. The program concludes with a sand art project. Illinois Early Learning Standards: Benchmarks:
11.A.ECa, 12.A.ECa, 12.B.EC
Programs and pricing are subject to change. Please call
To book your group program or for more information please contact the
museum program coordinator Tammy Anderson at (815) 933-9905 ext. 352
Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
Printable Field Trip Contract (PDF)
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
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
there assigned lunch times.
Children must be accompanied by an adult around the museum gift shop.
- Questions can be directed to the front desk/admission clerk or any
museum staff member.