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About Exploration Station

Exploration Station...a children's museum is a hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families, teachers and other caregivers.

Children of all ages are welcome at the museum, however, the majority of the exhibits are designed for children between the ages of 2-8 years old. There is a toddler area for the little ones, children 36” and under are allowed in the toddler area.


History of the Exploration Station

Find out how we got where we are today (PDF).


Learning Philosophy

You and your child/children can embark on an exciting and enriching experience at Exploration Station...a children's museum. Our Museum offers new and progressive ways to learn.

Here the focus is on exploring, not on learning facts or content.


How to get the most out of your visit

Interact with your child. Don't worry about doing something "wrong". The museum is designed to have an atmosphere of exploration. Don't try to see everything on our first visit. Follow your children to what interests them.

See our Ways to Play with your Child Guide (PDF).


What Kids Learn

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


Remember

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 property.



Activities Guide


May - Aug 2017

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Due to the Frog Lady presentation this Friday, we will not be hosting a Nature Night Out at Willowhaven this month. Don't forget to sign up for August's Glow Party on Friday, August 18th!

Local community organizations are hosting a National Night Out Event at Perry Farm on Tuesday, August 1. Due to the large nature of the event and evening fireworks we will be closing the Exploration Station and parking lot at 2pm and parts of the Perry Farm hiking trail will be closed starting at 4pm for fireworks. We apologize for this inconvience. For more details on the event please check out the Bradley Police Department Facebook page!

Update: We will be hosting our Euchre Party 55+ program every Thursday at the Bourbonnais Municipal Center from 12-2:45 pm. Program is $2 / residents recieve a $1 discount and pre-registration is not required.

Here isthe Herald news article about our OSLAD grant for Willowhaven Park and Nature Center.

Please note there may be potential road closures to the Willowhaven Nature Center during August 2017. Closures will be posted here and social media as dates become available.