Make exciting discoveries as an archaeologist, try a cool activity like painting on ice, or bowl a strike during three different School's Out programs on Monday, Jan. 20, Monday, Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 28, held at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. For children in grades 1-5, the programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $45 per child and includes a snack. Reservations are required; call (630) 420-6010.
During "Book It," celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of literacy and volunteer service Monday, Jan. 20. Help build a Little Free Library at the museum, make a bookmark in the Print Shop, recite a poem and write on a slate in the Schoolhouse, make a recycled book, complete mad libs, enjoy a snack during storytime with a special guest reader, and more. Campers are encouraged to bring a gently used or new book to donate to the Little Free Library.
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Sometimes, even presidents need to have fun. During "Hobby Hunting," spend President's Day, Feb. 17, discovering what presidents past and present have done in their spare time. Play a game of horseshoes just like President Lincoln. Try your hand at tabletop bowling like President Nixon. Examine artifacts like an archaeologist and President Jefferson. Have fun painting like President Bush and President Eisenhower. Try out a favorite presidential recipe and more.
Join in hot and cold February fun during "Fire and Ice" on Feb. 28. Visit the blacksmith and learn how they use fire to shape metal. Try on firefighting gear and see Naperville's first fire pumper up close. Visit the Martin Mitchell Mansion and see how people in the late 1800s kept their food cold. Learn how to paint on ice and how to preserve it during the ice cube keeper challenge. Play a game of hot potato and more.