Location: 722 Holyoake Rd, Edwardsville IL 62025
Admission is $7 per person, kids under 1 are free.
They are only open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The outside of the building looks a little rough, but I assure you it's worth the drive and the money! There are lots of things to do in here. We went for a friend's birthday party and spent at least 3 hours exploring all they had to offer. The building is 2 stories but it's not overwhelmingly large. It has a cozy feel to it and I didn't worry about my kids getting lost because there are not any hidden areas. On the main level there are several exhibits including the DQ Ice cream parlor (my kids fav!), A YMCA fitness studio, Scott Credit union/post office, Hyten Family Dentistry, Bella Milano Cafe, and Vine Floral Design nature area. Up the stairs they have a city library/reading nook, city fire department, and police department crime lab.
In addition to these special areas, they had random toys and things to do spread out all over the building. An air traffic control computer, lots of dress up options, magnet boards, mazes, a stage coach, space ship toys, bug toys, and cash registers.
The birthday party was very well run and the staff was incredibly helpful. We need to go back! Also nearby is an amazing playground if you want to make a day of it.
Thanks to Becky V. and Erin A. for permission to use their photos!