If you’re looking to expose your children to historical sites, museums, nature centers and arboretums this summer, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Passport to Adventure program, sponsored by the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.
The free program just got underway last month and runs through Aug. 31. It is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
To get started, your family just needs to visit a participating museum or public library to pick up a free passport booklet filled with destinations to more than 50 museums, nature centers and historical sites in Chicago’s western suburbs. (Call your local library to see if it has the passports; if not, you can start off your first visit to one of the sites on this list. Make sure to check the days and times your preferred site is open.)
Then during the summer, your family’s goal is to fill your passport with as many stamps as you can. Some of the museums, zoos, nature centers and sites offer special activities for children who participate in the Passport to Adventure program.
Among the dozens of destinations listed are some that you surely know of, such as the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Blackberry Farm in Aurora and Cosley Zoo in Wheaton. But there are lots of others listed that were new to me, such as the Victorian Cottage in Lombard, Hedges Station in Winfield and the Centreville Schoolhouse in West Dundee. Some of the spots listed in the Passport to Adventure program are free to enter, others have admission fees, so you should do a little homework before heading out.
Each location will stamp your booklet when you visit. Some of the passport sites will offer a prize if you’ve visited a certain number of sites. For details, check with the location stamped on the inside of your booklet.
The Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association is an alliance of more than 50 museums.The organization serves its members through collaborative programming, promotion and professional development and networking.