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.
2-3 feet of ball wire (copper wire with a plastic insulated sheathing)
C or D battery
small metal objects (paper clips, thumbtacks, etc.)
Scissors (or a wire stripping tool)
1. Wrap the wire around the nail making a coil, leaving four to six inches of wire extending from each end. Do your best to wrap it as tightly as you can.
2. Trim about 1/2 inch of the plastic covering from each end of the wire. If you have a wire stripping tool, use it (we did) or score with a pair of scissors and using your fingernails pull the plastic coating from the wire.
3. Now, if you've got tape handy, cut a long strip and use it to secure the battery to the table.
4. Hold the nail wrapped wire and pinch the ends of the wire so they touch both metal ends of the battery. DON'T TOUCH THE EXPOSED WIRE; as electric current passes through it, these ends will become hot.
5. Now take your small metal objects (we used safety pins) and see if the electricity in the battery has made the ends of the nail magnetic. What happens if the wire's connection with the battery is broken? Is the nail still a magnet?
Electromagnets played a significant role in Thomas Edison's inventions. He used them to separate premium iron from low-grade unusable iron ore, that was collected from the New Jersey mines he owned. His discovery of the electromagnetic wave lead to the invention of the radio in the 1890s.
Things gathered from a vacation, nature walk, etc. Maybe shells, rocks, pine cones, leaves, etc.
Hot glue gun
Cardboard wreath cut out
1. Gather lots and lots of natural material. You could do this over the summer.
2. When you have enough material, get your cardboard wreath. punch two holes in the top.
3. Thread the ribbon through it.
4. Glue on all the momentos.
Your child can hang it in his/her room to remember a fun summer.
Pee Wee Reese
~Kentucky Humanities Council
Sunday Lego Challenge:
build a bridge.
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: