Explorations V Children’s Museum provides 3 floors of kid-powered, hands-on exhibits and mind-stretching programs in the arts and sciences to celebrate the five senses! Art and Science are the pathways for many learning concepts, freeing the child’s creativity and unleashing the power of play.  The Museum was founded on the premise that children, like adults, use all five senses to explore and learn about the world around them, hence the “V” in our name.

The Second Floor includes a small children’s art gallery, interactive science components and brain-teasers as well as Temporary Exhibits located in the Dreamer’s Gallery.

The First Floor features “Our Town” including exhibits that offer action-packed opportunities for learning through the basics of music appreciation, art, theatre, math, science and history.

The Lower Floor introduces children to local history and “Our World” through
“O is for Oranges, from seed to Our World”.  Pick, pack, sort and slide in this
fanciful Florida orange grove that takes visitors on a journey of discovery to Asia,
Africa, Australia and America.


Music & Sound Studio – NEW 2017!


Sponsored by The Morrison Foundation


Explore Store


A supermarket just for kids’ imaginations! Fill your buggy with your favorite items, operate a scanning register or stock the shelves.




Theatre – completely renovated for 2017!


Imagine you’re a star while you sing, dance, and perform on stage in front of a captive audience! You’ll love the applause!

Sponsored by The Carol & Barney Barnett Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation


News Station
Broadcast the news at the news desk or create a wild and wacky weather forecast in front of the weather map while on camera.
Sponsored by Bay News 9, an exclusive product of Spectrum.




Travel to worlds of wonder as you take control of Explorations V’s Fire Truck, Sheriff’s Car, Boat, Airplane and Space Shuttle!




MakerSpace – NEW 2017!


Curious young explorers are invited to build, tinker & create with different materials each week.


Tot Spot

Climb, build, crawl, read and explore in this backyard adventure especially for curious kids four years of age and under!


Marvelous Me!

Explore the mysteries of the human body as you test your strength against a mechanical arm wrestler, visit with an interactive skeleton, measure your memory and more!

Sponsored by Watson Clinic, LLP


“O” is for Oranges-from Seed to Our World

Follow oranges on an amazing journey to distant lands while you pick, pack, sort and slide in this fanciful Florida orange grove and juice factory.

Sponsored in part by CitraSource, Treatt, USA, Inc., Early Learning Coalition of Polk County, Florida’s Natural Growers, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and MOSI.


D.O.T., Dragon of toys

The name of the huge dragon hovering over the entryway of the Museum is called DOT because she was named by the children, “Dragon Of Toys!”


Fossils of Florida – NEW 2016!

Fossils exhibit as installed

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