Faces from the Southern Ocean
Explorium of Lexington offers many ways for kids to learn while they’re having fun. It’s open year round for guests but they also offer special events.
- Teachers can bring groups to Explorium for special learning opportunities.
- Preschoolers have several special ways to start their learning with us.
Our dynamic programs focus on art, music, early literacy and nature observation. These are experienced through songs, creative movement and art experiences.
- Field Trips To Go bring the Explorium to your classroom.
- Overnight experiences let kids stay at Explorium after it’s usually closed.
- Drop-in Activities take place most Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
|Tuesday – Saturday||10:00am – 5:00pm|
|Sunday||1:00pm – 5:00pm|
Open Mondays Memorial Day – Labor Day
Closed for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Closed the Tuesday – Friday after Labor Day for annual maintenance.
Admission is $8 per person for guests 1 year of age and older. Special group rates are available. Memberships are also available.
The Explorium offers TWO chances for FREE admission. On New Year’s Day and MLK day there are admission specials. Watch Lex Fun 4 Kids or the Explorium Facebook page for updates.
Explorium is located in The Square at Short St. and Broadway in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
Lex Fun 4 Kids Review
The Explorium is a wonderful kid-friendly space to explore with children of all ages. We went on a school field trip on a Friday with a 4 year old preschool class and got to enjoy both levels of fun. This was not my first trip to the museum and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’ve found it age appropriate even with the youngest of kids, barely walking, and my 7 year old still loves it. As an adult I found myself learning from the exhibits as well.
This was our first school field trip to the Explorium and I was very pleased. With school trips they start with an experiment just for the group. Ours got to witness vinegar and baking soda reactions fizzing up and out of a container, and then filling a balloon with the gases it made during the reaction. Next was a reaction between Coke & Mentos. The kids loved watching it explode with different caps. The reaction hit the ceiling and giggles ensued! These were excellent, age-appropriate experiments for the kids to see.
Mentos + Coke = Explosion fun!
After the experiments they unleashed us to the bi-level museum. On the first level, there is a special area for the little kids with age appropriate fun, separated so they have their own space to play, and nice for parents because it is contained with a gate. It includes a water table, some fun play equipment and even some dress up. Some of the rest of the first level includes a veterinarian table & equipment, doctor table & equipment, fruit & veggie stand with a farmers market, bank vault, and a special water play area. There is also an area to learn about horses, and a very large horse to pose on for pictures.
The special play area for little kids has a water area as well as other activities (they let our group in there since there weren’t any littles that day)
Getting a checkup from a doctor with a coat and a clipboard! Imaginative play at its best!
On the second floor there is even more space to play! There is a bubble room, a place to learn about outer space, an interactive game to move around, rock wall, dinosaur bones digging space, and even some real live small insects. There was a place to see how other people live and a wall to play tubes with flip flops to make music! The newest area was a room with fun magic tricks to do.
Asking a 5 ½ year old what her favorite activity in the entire museum was, she said hands down it was the bubble room. At the time one of the bubble activities was broken, but even still she loved it! There was a huge bubble wall with pulleys and ropes to bring the pole across to make a bubble as tall as the wall. It was fun to watch her method of pulling fast or slow, to see how to make the best bubble without it popping.
Her second favorite activity was the insects. The tarantula was her favorite. Mom’s not so sure about that one, I steered clear of the bugs!
Overall I feel like the museum had a great mix of activities to play and learn, it kept the kids entertained, and they didn’t want to leave when it was time to go. If you have been a few times you’ll notice the same activities each time. The museum hasn’t changed too much in the years it has been around. There are a couple new exhibits to try out and little kids do love repetition so they don’t seem to mind that it’s familiar to them.
We’ll have to return again soon!
-Erin, Lex Fun Contributor