Naper Settlement summer season begins April 1

<p>The blacksmith is demonstrating the art of blacksmithing at Naper Settlement.  |  Photo courtesy of Naper Settlement.</p>

The blacksmith is demonstrating the art of blacksmithing at Naper Settlement.  |  Photo courtesy of Naper Settlement.

Naper Settlement’s summer season and programs begin April 1. Read the full release below. 

Spring is officially here and Naper Settlement’s Opening Day is April 1, kicking off a summer season filled with birthday parties, picnics, ice cream socials, anniversary celebrations, music and family-friendly activities for all ages. Tour the buildings and participate in hands-on activities at businesses like the Print Shop and Blacksmith Shop, attend class in a one-room schoolhouse and visit the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a spectacular Victorian home built in 1883.

Summer season hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, 8 youth 4-12, children under four and members are free. Naperville residents receive free general admission.

“The first day of our long-awaited summer season coincides with spring break and we’re excited about all we have to offer this year,” Director of Learning Experiences Nancy Smith said.

Opening week activities include the return of the free Wednesday Walking Club on April 2, the Weed Ladies Spring and Summer Floral Sale April 3-6 and the debut of Flashback Friday: Meet a Curator on April 4. 

Walking Wednesdays is a free, healthy lifestyle program that will be held every Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m. through Oct. 29. Choose a route through the museum with an option for a longer circuit along the Riverwalk.
April showers mean spring flowers and the Weed Ladies Spring and Summer Floral Sale, featuring original designs of silk and dried floral arrangements, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday April 6. Admission to the sale is free.

A new program, Flashback Fridays: Meet A Curator, debuts from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 4 and the first Friday of every month (except July 4) through October off-site at the Collections Care and Storage Facility at the Department of Public Works Building at Jefferson Avenue and Fort Hill Drive, Door C. Tickets are limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 420-6010. 

A springtime highlight is Civil War Days that will be held May 17-18 with over 300 re-enactors and blazing cannons during a mock battle. As school ends, the real fun starts at Naper Settlement, with Camp Naper summer day camps, the Under the Stars & Stripes Camp Out and Settlement Sundays kick-off over Father’s Day weekend, the Mansion’s 130th Birthday Party, Trades and Crafts Day, a  Hometown Picnic and Naperville Plays, a collaborative event with the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Get on the bus for two unforgettable adventures – Graceland Cemetery and the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Wrigley Field. And keep calm and rock on with the Naper Nights Concert Series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles invasion with a performance by American English. Headliners include Michael McDermott and the Duke Street Kings, Mike and Joe, 16 Candles, Think Floyd and Arrival.
Naper Nights Concert Series – mentioning some of the bands and the Beatles 50th Anniversary Festivals, programs and special events are highlights of the summer season including Civil War Days May 17-18; the Naper Nights Community Concert Series June 20-21, July 25-26 and Aug. 22-23; a birthday party for the Martin Mitchell Mansion on June 29; a Hometown Picnic on Aug. 9; and bus tours to the historic Graceland Cemetery and Wrigley Field.

For more information, visit or call (630) 420-6010.


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