The heart and soul of the Museum is our visitors and the quality of their experience. The exhibits were conceived with children and their open-ended learning experience at the core. The Museum exhibits are a celebration of exploration and discovery – filled with innovative and richly layered cognitive experiences for toddlers through pre-teens. The Museum boasts three floors of hands-on powerful play experiences that inspire the love of learning!

Floor 1


  • My Great Backyard
  • Plan City
  • Trains
  • Healthy Me!
  • Water Works (water table)
  • Pizza Cafe
  • Fresh Market (grocery store)
  • Dig It! Garden (open seasonally)

Other Amenities:

Floor One map

Water Works

Little boy playing at the Water Works water table exhibit

My Great Backyard

My Great Backyard exhibit

Healthy Me

The Healthy Me exhibit

Plan City

Doll House

Fresh Market

The Fresh Market grocery store exhibit

Dig It!

Kids playing in the Dig It exhibit sandbox

Floor 2


  • Luckey Climber (entrance)
  • Innovation Station
  • AgMazing
  • Imagination Playground
  • ImagineAir
  • Ball Machine
  • Energy Challenge

Other Amenities:

  • The Landings (eating area)
  • Restrooms
  • Vending
  • Party Rooms
Floor Two map

Luckey Climber

Kids entering and climbing in the colorfully illuminated Luckey Climber


AgMazing exhibit overview photo


Kids and caregivers playing in the ImagineAir exhibit

Ball Machine

Little girl playing with the ball machine exhibit

Combine (AgMazing)

Little girl driving a tractor with an illuminated screen

Imagination Playground

Little girl playing with the Imagination Playground blue blocks housed in the second floor barn

Floor 3


  • Art Studio (Illinois Art Station residency)
  • Paint Wall
  • Imagination Theater
  • Puppet Theater
  • Math in Music
  • Recollections

Other Amenities:

  • Restrooms
  • Nursing Nook
  • Classrooms
  • Museum Offices

Floor Three map

Imagination Theater

Kids play dress up and perform in the Imagination Theater exhibit

Paint Wall

Two little girls painting on the clear paint wall

Math in Music

Little girl dances on floor piano exhibit

Art Studio (with Illinois Art Station)

Illinois Art Station staff pose in the Art Studio

Math in Music

Math in Music exhibit on string length and pitch


A little girl playing with the giant light bright in Recollections exhibit