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Group Visits

Teachers: Are you concerned about the rising prices of transportation and limited funds for field trips? Below are some links to look at regarding grants that might apply to your class/school! 

Target Field Trip Grant Information:

The National Education Association Foundation Grant Information:

Kohl's Cares Field Trip Program Information:

Donors Choose Information:
**Please note that Exploration Station is not responsible for these grants nor will be applying for these grants for teachers/schools. It is up to the teacher/school to complete the process if they so choose to move forward after further research. 


Group Visit Information to Remember: 

Walk-in groups will pay the general admission fees.

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. 

Chaperone Tips:
When you arrive at Exploration Station, here are some tips to make your field trip a more enjoyable experience:

Booking your Visit:
Book your field trip today by calling the group and reservation coordinator Tammy Anderson at (815) 933-9905 ext 352 or e-mail Tammy at
Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Facility hours are 10:00 am-5:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Teacher Tips:
When you are ready to book your field trip please have the following information ready to make the reservation as smooth as possible:
Group Programs
For an additional $2.00 per student, your group may add a program to your museum visit. Check below for our listing of program options! 

Science Experiments
Blow up a balloon without using your mouth, create snow indoors and more! Children will learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and magnets. Each class will end with free experiment time.

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3,2,1 Blastoff
Children will learn about planets and the sun. At the end of this program, children will have an opportunity to make and blast off a rocket. This program has an early childhood option.

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A Visit from Bamboo the Panda
Read Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See, take home a Panda story stick. End your program with a visit from Bamboo our Panda Mascot.

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Spinning & Sand Art
Children will explore colors, mixing, fractions and more all while making masterpieces! The machine spins the paper and the child squirts paint on the surface. This program includes a sand art project and paper craft project.

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Children will have the opportunity to learn about different kinds of animals; reptiles, birds, mammals, and amphibians, and fish. There are lots of opportunities to touch and feel animal skins. This program ends with an animal craft.

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Nano Science
Experience the biggest thing for the smallest science.   A Nano is 1 billionth of a meter in size.  In Nano scale, things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.  During this program children will experience Nano fabric, heat transfer, polymers, magnetic fields and more.

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Programs and pricing are subject to change. Please call for availability.

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 on the same day.  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 815-939-5395 or email (

 Be sure to mention that you are visiting the planetarium as well in order to qualify for your group discount when booking your trip to the museum!

Group/Field Trip Contract

Check out the link below for great Homeschool information here in Illinois!


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