Easy Outing: Children’s Discovery Room at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016 by

I drive regularly past the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in downtown Aurora, but I had never visited. Recently the Aurora Public Library hosted a story time at the museum in its new Children’s Discovery Room. This is a great indoor place to spend some time with your toddlers and preschoolers. The next “Stories at the Fire Museum” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and doesn’t require advance registration.




Name and Background:
The Discovery Room is a new addition as of summer 2016 to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. For more about what to expect from the museum in general, check out this Go West post about the rest of the museum.


Getting There:
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located at 53 N. Broadway, at the corner of New York and Route 25, in downtown Aurora. There is a parking lot behind the building and also plenty of other free parking around the building.




The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is open for walk-in visitors on Thursdays and Fridays, from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The museum is also open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on “First Fridays” in Aurora.


When to Visit:
I went during a free story time organized by the Aurora Public Library and it wasn’t too busy. The hours are limited, but I don’t think there’s ever really a time to avoid.


$5 for adults and $3 for children


There are bathrooms on site.




Best For:
Toddlers and preschoolers. The Discovery Room is pretty small and probably wouldn’t appeal to older children, although my 6-year-old daughter did enjoy it. However, while older kids might get bored in the Discovery Room, the rest of the museum would probably interest them.




Our Experience:
I took my children to story time at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum that the Aurora Public Library was presenting there. The story time took place in the new Discovery Room and afterward we had the chance to stay and play.


The room is full of different areas to play, there are outfits for dressing up as a firefighter, large blocks to build (and pretend felt flames to set your buildings on fire), a kitchen where you can practice preparing meals for the firefighters, a reading area and a bucket brigade.




The Discovery Room isn’t somewhere you would expect to spend an entire day, but it’s a really fun little area and a great chance for your children to play and learn more about firefighters. I definitely plan on making a few trips this winter for a little something different when it’s too cold to play outside, and they kids are getting sick of always going to the library.