Exploration Station...a children's museum


Exploration Station Patch
Earn your very own Exploration Station patch by participating in a scout overnight!

Exploration Station® Programs

The Exploration Station...a children's museum is a facility of the Bourbonnais Township Park District and together with the BTPD Recreation Department, the museum offers a wide variety of children's programming throughout the year. All of the museum's public programs are included in the Bourbonnais Township Park District Recreation Guide that features all of the park district's recreational programs and events each season. To view the Recreation Guide online, check out the Bourbonnais Township Park District's web site by clicking here.

Scout Programs
Enhance your scout visit to the children's museum with a program specially designed to fulfill scout badge requirements. For an additional $3.00 per scout, your group may add a program to your museum visit.

Scout Field Trips

Mon.-Sat. 10:00-5:00
Sunday 1:00-5:00

Museum Admission: 

  • Bradley &  Bourbonnais
    Residents $3

  • Non -Residents $4

Live Animal Room $1

One Free Chaperone with every 5 paid scouts


Badge Requirements can be done during Field Trips (or Overnights)


Scout Programs - Girls

Daisy Petals

  • Lupe
  • Zinni
  • Tula
  • Clover
  • Rosie

Daisy Leaf

  • Money Counts

Brownie Girl Scout Programs

  • Home Science
  • Bugs
  • Senses
  • Fair Play
  • Making games

Junior Girl Scout Programs

  • Social Butterfly
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Detective



Over Night Packages
8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Free Play in the Museum
Use of the Multi-Purpose Room
& Exploration Station patch!!!

Overnight rates are for up to 15 scouts and 5 adults
Extra scouts are $10 each,
Extra adults $5 each

Basic Overnight

Dinner & Overnight
Includes: Pizza Dinner
or Breakfast

Activity-Filled Overnight
Includes Badge Requirements

“The Works”
Includes: Badge Requirements
 Pizza Dinner or Breakfast

Face Painting and Extended Time may be Added for an Additional Fee

Click here for a printable PDF version of our Exploration Station Overnight Packages


Scout Programs - Boys

Tiger Cub Programs

  • Make a Food Pyramid
  • Take a Hike
  • Make a Musical Instrument
  • Mix Primary Colors
  • Sew a Button
  • Make a Puppet
  • Learn About an Animal
  • Pine Cone Bird Feeder
  • Nature Hike
  • Picnic
  • Camp Fire Sing Along
  • Outdoor Sporting Event

Wolf Scouts Programs

  • Feats of Skill 
  • Play a Game
  • Be an Artist
  • Tie It Right    

Bear Scouts Programs

  • Am. Special
  • Family Fun
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Games
  • Build Muscle
  • Tying It
  • Space
  • Art             

Group Programs
For an additional $2.00 per student, your group may add a program to your museum visit.

2013 Group Programs Include:

2013 Group Programs:
For an additional $2.00 per student, your group may add a program to your museum visit.

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.

All About 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

Science Experiments- 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

Nano Science- 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

Bamboo the Panda

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: 19.A.ECa, 19.A.ECb

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 for availability.

To book your group program or for more information please contact the museum program coordinator Tammy Anderson at (815) 933-9905 ext. 352 or email. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm.

Printable Field Trip Contract (PDF)
Printable Facility Use Agreement (PDF)

For more information on group field trips click here.


Exploration Station ... a children's museum is a facility of the
Bourbonnais Township Park District

Exploration Station
1095 W Perry Street, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Bourbonnais Township Park District

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459 Kennedy Drive, Bourbonnais, IL 60914