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School’s Out Day Camp: Messy, Mad Science

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Kids in grades 1-5 can dive into the world of slime and goo to create Galaxy Slime, make a bubbling explosion in a bag and use household and pantry items to create “bath fizzies.”

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45

Snack Attack

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Learn how to make a fun seasonal snack at this after school cooking program.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free

Freedom: A History of US

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Exhibit explores the evolution of freedom by examining critical figures and events in U.S. history from founding until 1968. Visitors can view reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten notes of speeches and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and others. There will also be a variety of local components on display, including reproductions of a letter written from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a NCC Chapel Convocation Program, and a pair of shoes on display that were worn by North Central College student, Mike Bibler, who wore them to the Selma March in 1965.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Winter Play

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A self-guided glimpse into the world of outdoor play will depend on the day. Possibilities include painting snow or building a fort.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Gnome Hunt

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Search for gnomes in the Children's Garden using your best "I Spy" skills. Checklist provided.

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Beginner's Art Studio

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Kids and adults can explore their creative sides. Materials change daily and trained facilitators assist with the artistic process.

When: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Included with admission

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