Splash, climb, touch, explore, trade, play, pretend and slide into adventures at the new 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.
April 1 - October 31
10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday
1-4 pm Sunday
Closed on Mondays
Please note - The water features in the Splashpad are turned on between May 15 and October 15 on days that the temperature is above 70 degrees. Water will be shut off during lightning, heavy storms, tornados 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 will 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:
Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shaded picnic area.