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KidVentures & Explorers

Adventure is Everywhere...and we're taking you on ours!

Each class is a new adventure traveling back in time or in Burpeeā€™s backyard! KidVentures (ages 3-6) and Explorers (ages 7+) are one-day classes that pack a punch of learning and fun. 


*All sessions are 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Scheduling for the whole family?

KidVentures classes run at the same time slot as Explorer classes.


Preregistration may be done online through eventbrite, or by calling Burpee's visitor services department (815-965-3433).

Cost: $12 for Members, $14 for Nonmembers

**All unaccompanied children need to be bathroom trained. If your child is not, please plan to attend the class with your child*

Upcoming Classes
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Will It Float?

January 14th

What makes something float vs sink? How do boats stay afloat? Learn about the science of engineering and density, and make your own boats and discover what it takes for a boat to float!

The World of Extremophiles

February 11th

There are some living organisms on Earth that can live and survive in some pretty extreme conditions; the heat of a volcanic vent or the frozen landscape of Antarctica. Learn how other creatures can help human engineers!

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The Engineering of Plants

March 18th

Plants come in many different shapes and sizes, and live in a lot of different environments. Some have flowers, others have thorns, some we keep in our homes and others provide us and animals with food. Learn about life cycles and photosynthesis!

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The Engineering Process: Egg Drop

April 15th

Before new cars or new buildings are built, engineers have the task of drawing up designs, creating models and testing those models to make sure they work. Design, build, and test ways to keep eggs safe as you drop them from great heights!

Meet the Educator