SciTech Museum - A fun science museum in Aurora

With three kids always eager to learn (and play), we were anxious to find a play that offered both. Always on our Chicagoland bucket list, we finally made our way to SciTech Museum in Aurora. And after all these years, I can’t believe we didn’t visit sooner!

Highlights:

  • A historic landmark. Built in 1931 as the Aurora Post Office, the building is quite a site! Loved that they kept original parts of the post office, like these doors.

  • Manageable. Compared to the Museum of Science and Industry, you can spend about 1.5 to 2 hours to see everything.
  • What kids doesn’t love LEGOs?

  • Kids loved making things in their Maker Lab.
  • Fascinating hot air balloon. Kids had a fun time seeing the balloon go up and down.

SciTech Museum in Aurora - Hot air balloon

  • Easy on the wallet. An affordable museum for half the cost of what you can get at other science museums.
  • A large toddler’s section with activities just for them. The larger-than-life Connect 4 was a huge hit!

  • Plenty to do! With over 200 hands-on exhibits, the kids had a hard time staying focused on just one thing. They wanted to move onto the next activity.
  • Bubbles are always a hit!Pretend to be in space.

 

  • Fun for adults too! The exhibits are not only good for kids but adults as well. My husband had a fun time throwing baseballs and clocking his speed.

  • The cutest mini post office ever.

 

We Wish:

  • Making things were free. Again, the kids had a great time making projects.
  • We had time to explore the outdoor science park.
  • Some of the exhibits were more up to date.
  • We visited a week later. Their new exhibit Communication Station, highlighting the history of communication, just recently opened.

Tips:

  • Visit during Downtown Aurora’s First Fridays where admission is free!
  • Touch everything! All the exhibits are experiments for you to explore and discover.

Did you know?

  • For its first two years, SciTech was located in a basement in Naperville.

Bottom Line:

We had a wonderful time at SciTech. So many things for both kids and adults to do, while learning at the same time. We will be back!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://scitechmuseum.org/
Location: 18 West Benton Street Aurora, IL
Hours: Sundays and Mondays : CLOSED; Tues–Fri: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ticket prices: $8 General Public ages 4-59; $6 Military & Seniors 60+; Free for children ages 3 years and younger
Parking: Free street parking with 3 hour limit. There is also a parking lot next to the museum. If those are full, parking can also be found down the street at the library’s parking lot.
Stroller-friendly? It is spacious enough to bring a stroller.
Food: You cannot purchase food here, but you are able to bring food and eat at tables provided in the lobby.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday morning and it was not crowded.
What to expect:  Three floors, a toddler section, plenty of things to see and do.

 

While You’re Here:

Here are other things to do while you’re here in Aurora.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum – Oh, such a hidden gem. If you love or want to learn more about firefighters and their equipment, it’s worth a stop. Their Discovery Room, a little firefighter’s paradise, is well worth it!

Blackberry Farm – One of our favorite places to date. An awesome outdoor playground, a carousel, train, and always a fun event.

Phillips Park Zoo – A small zoo, but still a treat to see animals. Plus, it’s free!