Naper Settlement

March Highlights

School’s Out Day Camp – Imaginarium 

Allow your child’s imagination to run wild, as they become art-scientists and junior engineers at the School’s Out Day Camp – Imaginarium. Campers will inspect the elements of creating structures as they build and test toothpick towers, make their own sundial as they discover what the universe has to do with telling time and mix and measure different ingredients to create your very own dessert bars. School’s Out Day Camp – Imaginarium will take place March 3 from 9AM to 3PM. The fee is $45 per camper per day. Registration is required. To register, call (630) 420-6010.

Spring Fever Maple Sugaring

Welcome warmer weather at Naper Settlement’s annual tribute to the changing seasons! Learn about the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and see a demonstration of the maple tree tapping. Enjoy hands-on activities and presentations that recount Illinois’ Native American heritage and pioneer past and try a tasty maple treat. Each of the historic buildings will have a different theme and special activities for families to enjoy. The Weed Ladies will be selling spring silk and dried florals in the Daniels House. Spring Fever Maple Sugaring is March 11 from 10AM to 4PM and March 12 from 1 to 4PM. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for youth (4-12). Naperville residents and Naper Settlement members are free.

Spring Fever Maple Sugaring’s Scout Program

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are welcome to Spring Fever Maple Sugaring on March 12. Scouts will become a history detective and complete one of our scavenger hunts, enjoy hands-on activities and learn about pioneers and Native Americans. Scouts will also receive a Naper Settlement patch to take home. The Spring Fever Maple Sugaring Scout’s Program will take place March 12 from 1 to 4PM. Admission is $13 per Scout and $10 per adult. Registration deadline is March 6. Naperville residents do not receive free admission to the Scout Program.

For Sunday, March 12, registration is required for Girl Scouts and can be made through the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council website www.gcnwiprograms.org or contact the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Registrar through www.gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/VP/NoPortal.html. 

History Speaks Lecture Series: Helen Keller – A Life Nearly Lost

Helen Keller overcame adversity through the help of Anne Sullivan, a determined young teacher that would find the key to unlock Helen’s prison. Through Anne’s diligence and perseverance, Helen would become a world renowned speaker and advocate for the disabled. This program, originally commissioned by the Lion’s Club International, Northern Illinois Division, begins with Jessica Michna portraying Helen, who was blind and death, being led to the podium where she recites excerpts from the 1925 speech Helen gave to the International Lion’s Convention. The program continues in third person as Michna tells the audience of Helen’s life and experiences. This History Speaks Lecture Series will take place March 12 from 4 to 5PM. Admission for non-members is $10 for adults and $9 for youth (4-12) and students. Admission for members is $8 for adults and $7 for youth. 

Chapel Open House

Newly engaged and trying to find the perfect venue? Stop by Naper Settlement for the Chapel Open House on March 18 from 10AM to 1PM. Visitors will be able to meet Naper Settlement’s rental attendants and tour the beautiful 1864 Century Memorial Chapel. With seating for up to 175 guests, the Chapel is the perfect place to get married. Admission is free. To RSVP, email weddings@naperville.il.us or call (630) 420-6010.

School’s Out Day Camp – Snack Science 

Campers will become kitchen chemists as they use household objects and ingredients to conduct edible experiments! The children will do a variety of activities, including making marshmallow monsters, building gummy bear molecules and constructing a lemon-powered battery. The School’s Out Day Camp – Snack Science will take place March 27 from 9AM to 3PM. The fee is $45 per camper. Registration is required. To register, call (630) 420-6010.

History comes to life at Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Visit www.napersettlement.museum or call (630) 420-6010 for tickets and info.