Exhibits Gallery


Sponsored by Plocher Construction

Tinker, design, and innovate in this workshop designed to inspire creative thinking!

ECM Makerspace



Dramatic play at its finest!  Pretend to shop for groceries or work in the store, learn about healthy foods and push the grocery cart

Art Studio

Sponsored by Edwardsville Arts Center

Create a masterpiece in our art studio. Experience working with a range of materials while learning about different artists!

Discovery Garden

Explore nature with your little one in our Discovery Garden. This exhibit is full of hands-on outdoor fun. From a nature art area, sensory garden, and building area to a music and movement area and climbing area, this exhibit is designed to inspire a sense of wonder in the environment around us

Sensory Garden

Sponsored by Chris and Darlene Azar

Explore and learn about the five senses in this garden with plants organized by: sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.

Flower Shop

Sponsored by The Secret Gardeners

Make a beautiful bouquet in our little flower shop!



Ice Cream Cart

Sponsored by Annie's Frozen Custard

Scoop up some fun with our Annie's frozen custard cart!


Sponsored by Goshen Rotary

Spend some quiet time reading with your little one in this cozy nook.

School House

Sponsored by Friends of Leclaire

Built in 1895, ECM's building was the original Historic Leclaire School House. Play pretend school, work puzzles, and learn about the historic Leclaire neighborhood.


Animal Hospital

Sponsored by Hawthorne Animal Hospital

Little ones can experience what it's like to care for animals in this two-story exhibit featuring a vet clinic, grooming area, climber, and education on pet care and service animals.


Community Heroes

Sponsored by Scott Credit Union

Learn all about police, firefighters, and paramedics in this hands-on exhibit that honors the incredible contributions first responders make in our community.

Pizza Parlor

Sponsored by Peel Wood Fired Pizza

Put on your apron and cook up something delicious in our wood fired pizza oven.


Post Office

Grab the mail bag, put on your jacket and deliver the mail!


Baby Nursery

Sponsored by Anderson Hospital

Care for the babies in our Anderson Hospital Nursery.  Featuring all of the things needed to care for newborns in the hospital, this exhibit aims to foster caretaking and empathy.

The Canopy Tree House

Sponsored by Harry & Carol Windland

Dress up as a park ranger while exploring and learning about the animals and trees you can see in southern Illinois.

Dental Office

Sponsored by Edwardsville Family Dentist

Learn about dental care, schedule appointments, and treat patients while working in our child-sized dental clinic.

STEM Forest

Sponsored by Phillips 66

Play with native stuffed animals while learning about the ECM Micro Forest. Color a forest animal and watch it come to life in a virtual forest.

Into the Arctic

Sponsored by Cardinal Buick GMC

Try ice-fishing, ride a dog sled, crawl through animal tunnels, and learn about the Northern Lights in this exhibit. Into the Arctic is available for play in the Nickel Plate Station from November-March.