Splash, climb, touch, explore, trade, play, pretend and slide into adventures at the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement. It’s where history comes to play!
Nestled in a replica of a wooden fort, the Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 through 7 to explore the outdoors in a setting created just for them. The Playscape playground and splash pad provide opportunities for early childhood physical, imaginative and social development while promoting increased connections to the natural environment, local history and community engagement.
The early childhood field emphasizes the value of nature to support a young child’s curiosity, discovery and sense of wonder, thereby promoting their growth in all developmental domains.
The Playscape has a replica covered wagon. Covered wagons were the moving vans of the 19th century. Many settlers came to this part of the country in wagons like this one. Often, the wagon would be piled high with all the possessions that a family owned. Climb aboard our wagon for a great photo opportunity!
The Playscape includes a reconstruction of Fort Payne. Naperville’s settlers built the original fort during the Blackhawk War of 1832 as a temporary shelter for their small community. The fort was never used during battle. Enthusiastic volunteers constructed a smaller scale replica of Fort Payne at Naper Settlement in 1979.
Hours: April 1 - October 31
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday
Closed on Mondays
Please note: The water features in the Splash Pad are turned on between May 15 and September 30 on days that the temperature is above 70 degrees. Water will be shut off during lightning, heavy storms, tornadoes and for repairs as needed.
Entrance into the playscape area is included in your museum admission
$12/adult; $10/senior (62+); $8/youth (4-12)
Under 4 years, Naperville residents (with proof of residency) and Members are free
Highlights of the Playscape include:
Little Free Library
Naper Settlement is proud to host one of very few Little Free Libraries in Naperville. Our Little Free Library, decorated with the hands of Camp Naper campers, offers a way for our guests to connect with other community members and share favorite books of all kinds - books that teach, intrigue and engage. The instructions are simple: