The Explorium will be open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays by advance reservation only. Visitors will register for time slots (either 10-1 or 2-5 on Saturdays, or 1-4 on Sundays). Adults will be required to wear a mask. For tickets, hit register, then events, and then select your date and time of visit. Your receipt will serve as your tickets. For more information on new safety procedures click here.
Camp will be limited to 20 people and we will only be offering weeklong, full day options. Campers will be divided into two groups of 10 and will be in two rooms to ensure distance between campers. Campers must at least 6 years old or have finished Kindergarten. For more information, check out the camp tab at the bottom of the page. To register, hit the register button at the top of the page and then select events. For more information on camper safety, click here.
The Explorium has moved their summer camp program to a virtual camp.
There are two options for camps: week-long which includes 3 activities a day Monday - Thursday, daily puzzles, an instructional workbook, ALL disposable materials, daily exercise videos, and daily introductory vidoes. On Friday, there is a live ZOOM gathering for children to share what they have created.
The mini-camp is 4 activities, ALL disposable materials, and an instruction booklet.
Click on our camp tab at the bottom of the page to find out pricing and themes.
Colorful construction paper
Clear plastic wrap
Leaves, flowers, or other flat items
Small rocks to use as weights
1. Send your child outdoors to collect leaves, flowers, and other natural items. Tell them to look for flat objects with interesting shapes.
3. Ask your child to create designs on the paper using the natural items they found.
4. Help to cover the items with clear plastic wrap and weigh the edges down with rocks, so that the plastic lays flat and won’t blow away.
5. Leave your project in the sun for two or three hours.
6. After a few hours, have your child remove the plastic wrap and decorative plants from the paper to see the designs they created.
1 piece of construction paper per person
1 pair of scissors per person
1 glue stick or tape per person
1. Using only one piece of construction paper, see who can make the longest construction paper chain in 30 minutes or less. Think carefully about how wide to make each strip of construction paper!
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge 1872-1920
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge was both a state and national leader of the women’s suffrage movement, and was highly instrumental in Kentucky’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the right to vote. Born in Franklin County and raised in Lexington, Madge, the great-granddaughter of Henry Clay, was expected to dedicate her life to public service — but she surpassed every expectation. Madge was also a progressive reformer who worked tirelessly to advance the living conditions of the poor, established educational programs, changed the outlook of child welfare and juvenile rehabilitation, and promoted the need for tuberculosis research. She proudly cast her ballot in the U.S. Presidential Election of 1920.
Sunday Lego Challenge: Create a monster!
Children’s Museums are the fastest growing type of museum in the country and are unique among museums for the large number of interactive exhibits and educational programming presented to visitors. Visitors engage in hands-on experiences that inspire a curiosity for learning.
In 1987, a group of inspired citizens presented the idea of a children’s museum to Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler and future Mayor Pam Miller. With the assistance of Lord Cultural Resources, a consulting firm in Toronto, the city began serious planning for the Lexington Children’s Museum. The site selection committee considered several sites and chose the current location in Victorian Square. Since first opening its doors in 1990 the Museum has hosted over three million visitors.
Explorium of Lexington is a not-for-profit organization, 501(c)3 and is funded in part by: