On Friday, we headed to the Exploration Station in Bourbonnais, IL! The boys were starving before we arrived so we made a quick stop at the Dollar Tree and got a couple of snacks.
Once we opened the door, the boys immediately saw a train. They love trains as most of you know, so they had fun climbing and exploring all over it while we checked in.
We spent about two hours inside exploring. My hubby took Henry around, and I took Adam. Adam and I went and checked out the Dinosaur bones. We had a lot of fun dusting off the bones, and then he was off to the tool area. He loves tools because Daddy is always building and making things, so playing with tools made him feel like a big boy.
After that we headed over to the train table area, and he played for a little while. Then he saw this really cool display with light switches and keys, and he played with that for a while. I just let him roam and pick and choose what he wanted to do. The whole place is pretty child proof, so I just enjoyed watching him play.
Here is a slide show of our pictures from that day:
At this point, Henry was walking over and we all headed over to the play post office. They had a lot of fun preparing the packages for delivery. As a blogger, I am always getting something in the mail, so they had a lot of fun in this area. When we walked away from that area they both ran over to play with the car. Adam had a lot of fun changing the car tire. We recently got a flat tire on the 3rd day of our vacation. We had the whole back loaded with our suitcases and snacks and cooler of water, so we had to unload the whole car and change the tire. After that incident Adam started becoming fascinated about changing tires. While Adam was playing with the car Henry, and I headed to play in the grocery store.
We grabbed a cart, and he put what he wanted in the cart. We then went to the register, and I rung him up and bagged his groceries in reusable bags. It was pretty fun. Then we headed to the toddler area, and he played with the balls for a few minutes.
At this point, it had been about two hours, and we still wanted to check out the Farm next store that they are connected with. It was pretty warm that day, so not many animals were out, but we got to see a hen, a rooster and a couple of ducks. They had a lot of fun feeding them corn kernels. They also have a nearby park that the boys played on before we made the long ride home. The boys had a blast and we plan go back.
Exploration Station...a children's museum in Bourbonnais, IL. Come Explore 10,000 square feet of hands on learning. Fix a tire in our Wreck Resort Auto Center, serve a sundae in the Lickety Split Soda Shop, shop for groceries in our Shop-a-Lot Market, and set the table in My House. Children and parents can get lost in imagination and time in our 2 story Castle. For our younger visitors they can explore and climb in our Little Squires Toddler area for ages 2 years and under. Don't forget to explore with air and flight in Up, Up and Away, and dig for Dinosaurs in Paleontology. Our Museum is known for creating an environment where children get lost in imagination. Come Join us and experience it for yourself. We also have a new STEAM Learning Lab, and an Imagination Playground.
Museum hours are September - May Hours: Closed Monday (excluding some holidays) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday; 1:00 -5:00p.m. Sunday. June - August Hours - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday - Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Exploration Station does close for an annual shutdown at the end of August, beginning of September. Please call or visit our website for shutdown dates. Admission: $7
Two boys and a hubby did not receive any compensation for this post. Disclosure: We did get to enjoy Exploration Station for free for a day in order to facilitate this review.See my disclosure statement for more info.