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How Students Spent Spring Break in Naperville

No school meant plenty of free time to enjoy all that the town has to offer and teach.

For many kids that meant heading over to Naper Settlement for a mix of history and arts and crafts through their School’s Day Out Camp.

“We’re a little bit different, we’re a museum so we’re able to go on the different grounds and visit the buildings. It’s a little bit more hands on then you would have at school, learning about different kinds of arts, different textures and different ways that they can express themselves,” said Anna Di Cosola, Learning Experiences Coordinator for Naper Settlement.

The Artful Antics class taught kids how to tap into their creative side by repurposing old crayons into new masterpieces and using their knowledge of  Native American techniques to design and mold a coil pot.

Then, kids stepped all the way back to the 1800’s to see what school was like for kids just like them.

“My favorite part was the old fashioned school because I really love reading and math,” said Quinn, a camper at Naper Settlement.

For those looking to take their learning outside of the classroom, the DuPage Children’s Museum had a lot to offer.

“Folks are coming to the museum thinking they’re having an experience of just fun and play, but what they’re really experiencing in addition to that is an opportunity to learn, and they’re learning through all the different exhibits and what the museum has to offer and it’s all based on STEM education, science, technology, engineering and math,” said Dee Dee McDevitt, Director of Marketing and Sales for the DuPage Children’s Museum.

I learned that sometimes things don’t always appear as they appear. There was this bubble exhibit that when you pull a rope, it dips into a bubble and then it comes up and looks like you’re trapped in a bubble,” said Michelle, a visitor to the museum.

And for some first time spring breakers, the Naperville Park District’s “Spring is Here” nature camp walked kids through the basics of the world around them.

“The only way that people will learn to protect and conserve our natural resources is by understanding them and there’s no better way to start learning than at this age,” said Sheryl Hosler, Naturalist at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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