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Exploration Station: A Children’s Museum. Kayleigh Burton and Lauren Krull. What is Exploration Station? . A hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families, teachers, and care-givers! Located in Bourbonnais, IL . CO$T.

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Exploration station a children s museum

Exploration Station: A Children’s Museum

Kayleigh Burton and Lauren Krull

What is exploration station
What is Exploration Station?

  • A hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families, teachers, and care-givers!

  • Located in Bourbonnais, IL


  • 175 2nd graders from NB Gallaway Elementary

  • Price Per Student : $9 (including lunch too!)

    -$4 to get into museum

    -$3 for lunch

  • Chaperones get in for free! 1 chaperone for every 5 students. (35 total)

  • 3 buses/70 miles roundtrip:

    36.48 109.24

    X 3+67.20 (gas)

    $109.24 buses $176.44 total

Programs shop a lot market
Programs: Shop-A-Lot Market

  • Visitors can:

    • Sort and classify foods

    • “Shop” using carts or reusable bags

    • “Buy” baked goods, produce, dairy, or deli items

    • Practice their counting skills with a cash register

  • 6.D.EC    Make comparisons of quantities. 

  • 8.A.EC    Sort and classify objects by a variety of properties.

  • 10.A.ECa  Represent data using concrete objects, pictures, and graphs.

  • 22.A.EC    Participate in simple practices that promote healthy living and prevent illness.

  • 9B.1b      Sort, classify and compare familiar shapes.

  • 15.D.1a     Demonstrate the benefits of simple voluntary exchanges.

  • 15.D.1b     Know that barter is a type of exchange and that money makes exchange easier.

Programs space center
Programs: Space Center

  • Visitors can:

    • Explore the mysteries of space

    • Fly paper airplanes to simulate flight path

    • Make discoveries about the sun, Earth, and moon

    • Experiment

  • 5.A.EC    Seek answers to questions through active exploration.

  • 6.A.ECa  Use concepts that include number recognition, counting and one-to-one correspondence.

  • 6.A.ECb  Count with understanding and recognize “how many” in sets of objects.

  • 6.D.1      Compare the numbers of objects in groups.

  • 10.C.1a    Describe the concept of probability in relationship to likelihood and chance.

  • 10.C.1b    Systematically list all possible outcomes of a simple one-stage experiment (paper airplane flight path)

  • 12.D.1a    Identify examples of motion (moving in a straight line, rotating)

  • 12.D.1b    Identify observable forces in nature (gravity)

  • 12F.1b     Identify and describe characteristics of the sun, Earth and moon as familiar objects in the solar system.

Programs explore a lot castle area
Programs: Explore A Lot (castle area)

  • Visitors can:

    • Enjoy a puppet theater

    • Play with periscopes

    • Dress in period clothing

    • Sit at the Round Table

    • Make new fairytale friends

  • 1.A.ECa   Understand that pictures and symbols have meaning and that print carries a message.

  • 1.A.ECb  Understand that reading progresses from left to right and top to bottom.

  • 1.B.ECa   Predict what will happen next using pictures and content for guides.

  • 1.C.ECa   Retell information from a story.

  • 1.C.ECb   Respond to simple questions about reading material.

  • 1.C.ECc   Demonstrate understanding of literal meaning of stories by making comments.

  • 19.A.ECa Engage in active play using gross motor skills.

  • 26.A.ECc Music: Participate in music activities.

  • 26.A.1d Relate symbol systems (e.g. icons, syllables, numbers, and letters) to musical sounds.


  • 8:05- School Begins

  • 8:25- Bus departs NB Gallaway

  • (1 hour trip)

  • 9:30- Arrive at Exploration Station

  • 3 hours in the museum to enjoy 

  • 12:30-Exit museum; lunch in picnic area outside

  • 1:15- Bus departs for ND Gallaway

  • 2:20- Arrive back at school

  • 2:30- Dismissal

Follow up activity
Follow Up Activity

  • The next day, students will be asked to draw a picture of their favorite exhibit from Exploration Station and write 3 sentences stating why and what they learned.

  • Teacher will lead class in discussions about the field trip and why it was a great idea to go on.