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
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.
What Kids Learn
Socialization, problem solving, conflict resolution, career role play, as well as fine and gross motor skills.
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.
Meet Bamboo, the Exploration Station's cuddly panda mascot. This cuddly panda bear is a favorite of area children. Not only does Bamboo visit the children's museum, but he also attends all kinds of events in the area. He is famous for showing up at schools, parties, parades, festivals, concerts, and fairs.
Bamboo is cuddly and fun to hug, and he is the Exploration Station's mascot thanks to area children. In October 1989, the Exploration Station...a children's museum let area school children choose a mascot from several photographs of animals. The panda won, and a friend was born.
Archit Shah, 11, of Bourbonnais, submitted the winning name of Bamboo. Then a seventh-grader at Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center, Archit received a panda T-shirt as a prize. Over 20 years later, Bamboo is still the children's favorite cuddly pal. Wherever he goes, it is certain that little children will flock to him for hugs. Bamboo loves to play, dance, and start games of follow-the-leader and "Bamboo Says".
Although he is mischievous, Bamboo also cares for his young friends. It is no surprise that the children love him so much. Exploration Station...a children's museum is proud to be the home of this zany panda bear!
Take a look at Bamboo's own personal photo album below. Click on the picture to print a larger version you can color! Then, you can draw in your own backgrounds and other objects, too!
(If you just want to view the larger picture, tap the Esc key or click Cancel to cancel the pop-up print window. The left and right arrows on the pop-up page let you scroll to the next and previous large images if you want to without returning here.)
You may call the Exploration Station at (815) 933-9905 and schedule Bamboo for a visit.