Naperville students may have had a break from school, but that doesn’t mean they had a break from learning.
It was out of the classroom and into the lab for kids in the DuPage Children’s Museums’ spring break workshops.
Kids in grades one through three traded in their crayons for chemicals to learn about PH changes and reactions with everyday materials.
“This is hands on, it’s very messy. We did some stuff with solids, liquids, emulsions, solutions and salts. They got very messy, they get a lot of time to explore and do hands on stuff and problem solve on their own,” explained Kim Grdina, Assistant School Programs Manager with the DuPage Children’s Museum.
Just down the hall, kids used their time off school to create their own works of art by studying Claude Monet and Leonardo da Vinci.
For older kids looking to spend some time outdoors this break it was easy to rein in the fun at the DuPage Forest Preserve’s Camp Danada.
“It’s been really fun, this was my first time, and it was really fun to spend time with the horses and learn how to put the reins on and how to groom them,” said Ella Warsaw, a camp attendee.
Besides learning the basics, kids got to saddle up and steer the horses through a guided line ride.
“Not a lot of kids can say they got to ride horses on their Spring break. They really get out there get to meet new friends, they love the horses and they just have a good time,” said Tessa Carpenter, Equestrian Assistant at Danada Equestrian Center.
But if it was more of an active break kids were looking for, that could be found over at the Naperville Park District’s gymnastics camp.
Here kids got to flip into some fun on the floor or in the air, in an opportunity to brush up on their tumbling skills.
“What we do here is more for their entertainment, we like to make sure the kids have a lot of fun while still being able to learn and improve at what they do,” said Ryan Durkin, Gymnastics Instructor with the Naperville Park District.
Whether that be jumping for joy or looking to fulfill a bigger goal in life.
“I really want to be in the Olympics one day, I don’t really care what sport, just any fun sport, hopefully gymnastics,” said Justin Klein, an attendee to the gymnastics camp.
The DuPage Children’s Museum, DuPage Forest Preserve and Naperville Park District all offer summer camps as well.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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