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Bamboo-Our Museum Mascot! 

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.)

Click the thumbnail image to open the full size image in a new window.












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Are the kids looking for something to do over Spring Break? Don't forget to check out our School Break Day programs that include games, activities, movies field trips and more to keep kids busy while school is out! 

The Perry Farm Park Easter Egg Extravaganza will take place at 10am on Saturday, April 8. Admission is free and don't forget to bring a basket!

Breakfast with the Bunny will be hosted at the Recreation Station on Saturday, April 8 at 8:30am. This event is designed for children ages 8 & younger and their families to visit with the Easter Bunny and his Ducky friend! Breakfast and an egg hunt are included. Seating is limited to don't forget to sign up before Saturday April 1st!

We are now accepting Daddy Daughter Dance registrations. Registration deadline is Friday, April 21, however, this program fills up fast so don't wait, register today!

Here is the 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 the months of May-July 2017. Closures will be posted here and social media as dates become available.