Third Thursday Thinkers
Every third Thursday of the month (June through August), drop by Naper Settlement's Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape to experience history in unexpected ways. Take your young thinkers on a museum adventure, use your senses and discover what makes Illinois unique. Little fingers will experiment with painting, gluing, sticking and creating, while developing fine motor skills.
Date: June 16, July 21, August 18
Time: 10:30-11:00 am (Ages: 2-5) and 2-2:30 pm (Ages: 5-7)
Cost: Free with paid admission, no registration required.
June 16 - Animal Tracking
Discover the animals of Illinois by identifying tracks and signs.
July 21 - Growing Up Wild
Come explore the sensory garden and see firsthand the growth of plants with a take-home lima
August 18 - Pioneer Life
Learn about the pioneer experience in Illinois, play traditional games, trade for goods and make a
wooden bead bracelet.
Date: Wednesday, June 8, July 27 and August 31
Time: 11–11:20 am (Ages: 2–5) and 1–1:20 pm (Ages: 5–7)
Cost: Free with paid admission. No registration required.
Find a seat on the quilt for you and your child and enjoy an engaging story time featuring changing seasonal themes.
Victorian Tea Party
During this two-hour program, your group can enjoy a Victorian tea party complete with sweet treats, learn about old-fashioned manners, make a special craft and visit the Victorian-era Martin Mitchell Mansion. This party is perfect for girls in kindergarten through 6th grade or as a mother/daughter outing. Attending brownie troops will complete the Manners Try-It.
Available: Year-round with reservation
Cost: $18 per youth (ages 4-17); $10 per adult (after the youth minimum is reached)
Deposit Required: $50 (non-refundable)
Minimum: 12/youth or $215
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4
Time Travel Trip
Step back in time as you explore Naper Settlement. This self-guided tour allows you to follow the development of a typical northern Illinois town growing from a frontier outpost to a thriving agricultural and industrial center. Your trip includes demonstrations of 19th-century trades and lifestyles.
Available: April through October during museum hours; no reservation is required
Cost: $5.50/youth (ages 4-17); $8/adult
Group rates: Call for groups of 20 or more; prepayment is required for a discount
Recommended touring time: Three hours minimum
Saddle up and climb on your hobby horse as we clip-clop our way from the Blacksmith Shop to the Conestoga Wagon and sites throughout the museum campus. Our staff will guide your group to five stops during this engaging 90-minute program as they learn the importance of horses to farmers and settlers moving westward in the 1800s. This program can also be brought to your school or location.
• Discover how horses helped pioneers settle the prairie.
• Use movement, song, sound, smell and touch to learn about the basic needs and care of the horse.
Available: June through September
Cost: $7/student (ages 4-7). Reservations required.
Group Minimum: 10 or more children
Length of program: 1½-hour program
Overnights & Nights Out
Your group will visit one of the historic buildings in our 19th-century village, participate in a craft and experience 19th-century life first-hand. Learn more about overnights and nights out.
For information or reservations on the above programs, contact the Tour Coordinator at 630.420.6010.