About us


Exploration Station provides children ages 2.9-8 years a place to explore, imagine, discover and create in a safe and inspiring environment.


At Exploration Station children are free to explore in our indoor and outdoor classrooms which are inspired by children's museums. We strive to teach children to be aware our fragile environment and ways that we can help protect it. We emphasize kindness, acceptance and compassion for all living things. 

About Melanie:

Melanie Hajjar is a 2000 graduate of UMass Amherst with

a BA Degree in Art/Science Elementary Education.

"I have been working with children for my entire adult life. In college I created my own major though the BDIC  (bachelor degree with individual concentration) program that focused on inventing creative science-based programs for children outside of the public school classroom.  Once I moved to Nantucket in 2002, I knew this was the perfect place for my programs to come to life. My first business was called Cosmic Creations and was launched as an after school class and also offered birthday parties. During the summer months, I started a summer day camp called Seafari Girls. This program highlights all that is so wonderful about living on this beautiful island in the summer months. It takes girls ages 6-9 on a day filled will with art, science, and adventures in nature. Exploration Station came about in 2012 and became the home of my most recent preschool program and a location for my after school classes, birthday parties and a home-base for the Seafari Girls.

Exploration Station is a culmination for everything that I wanted to offer to Nantucket families. It is a beautiful, sunny, colorful, and sustainable building filled with the most innovative toys and learning materials. I hope to continue to love and nurture all of the children who come my way and inspire them to learn, explore, and have fun in a magical setting!"