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Santa House opens Friday

Santa visits with children at Candy Cane Lane. The Naperville Santa House opens Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.  |  Submitted

Santa visits with children at Candy Cane Lane. The Naperville Santa House opens Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. | Submitted

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Winter Break Camps The Naperville Park District is offering many day camps and activities for kids during winter break, from traditional sports camps to the latest in computer and science exploration. Camp sessions vary in length from a few hours to all day and range from one-day to four-day camps between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3. “Our new science and computer classes are offered at the 95th Street Center,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation, in a press release. “Programs such as video game design and forensic investigation give students an opportunity to learn new skills and explore their interests in a fun environment.” Other camps include baseball, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, bowling, badminton, cheerleading, fine arts, gymnastics, cooking, rock climbing and dance. Most of the camps are designed for elementary and middle-school students, with the exception of “Cool Science: Little Detectives” and “Gym Tigers” for preschoolers and several computer game and web design camps for high school students. To register for winter break camps, or to learn more about the Naperville Park District’s programs and services, visit www.napervilleparks.org. — The Naperville Park District

Naperville Park District staff are ready for the many festive events planned for December, starting with the opening of Santa House today.

Santa House opens to the public Friday, Dec. 6 at the Riverwalk at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Weekend hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. Santa House also will be open weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m. from Dec. 16 through 19.

The Park District will host special evenings at Santa House by reservation only, including: Pet Night on Dec. 10, presented by The Pooper Scoopers; and Military and First Responders Night on Dec. 11, presented by Pope Family Dental. Reservations may be made online at www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse or by calling 630-848-5000.

Admission to Santa House is free, with the option of purchasing photos for $8 each. About 100 volunteers, along with many sponsors, make Santa House possible each year.

In addition to Santa House, the Naperville Park District offers a variety of holiday events and programs for the community. Program descriptions can be found at www.napervilleparks.org in the Virtual 2014 Winter Program Guide and in the print guide.

Some of the holiday events for children include Skating with Santa on Saturday; Group Santa Celebrations on Saturdays, Dec. 7 or 14; Candy Cane Lane on Dec. 13; and Gingerbread House Decorating on Dec. 18.

Parents might want to take advantage of the Parents’ Day Out from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 or the Holiday Parents’ Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. also Dec. 19 to get holiday errands done while children enjoy activities at the 95th Street Center.

Adults and students age 16 and older can register for a holiday cookie exchange in the Park District’s culinary arts kitchens at the 95th Street Center on Dec. 8 or 19. Check the program guide for other holiday programs and events for kids and adults.

To register for any of the Park District’s holiday programs, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

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Winter Break Camps The Naperville Park District is offering many day camps and activities for kids during winter break, from traditional sports camps to the latest in computer and science exploration. Camp sessions vary in length from a few hours to all day and range from one-day to four-day camps between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3. “Our new science and computer classes are offered at the 95th Street Center,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation, in a press release. “Programs such as video game design and forensic investigation give students an opportunity to learn new skills and explore their interests in a fun environment.” Other camps include baseball, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, bowling, badminton, cheerleading, fine arts, gymnastics, cooking, rock climbing and dance. Most of the camps are designed for elementary and middle-school students, with the exception of “Cool Science: Little Detectives” and “Gym Tigers” for preschoolers and several computer game and web design camps for high school students. To register for winter break camps, or to learn more about the Naperville Park District’s programs and services, visit www.napervilleparks.org. — The Naperville Park District
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