Passport to Adventure leads to historical journeys

<p>The DuPage Childrens Museum &nbsp;| &nbsp;Terence Guider-Shaw/For the Sun</p>

The DuPage Childrens Museum  |  Terence Guider-Shaw/For the Sun

Residents searching for adventure will find it locally when they take part in the 23rd annual Passport to Adventure through Labor Day.

Sponsored by the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association, the program encourages children ages 4 to 12 to explore all the wonders local museums have to offer while charting the journey in a keepsake passport.

“The Passport to Adventure book highlights about 70 museums, historic homes and farms and nature centers,” said Donna DeFalco, of Naper Settlement. “You could visit one attraction every day and have something to do all summer. All of the sites listed in the passport booklet are family friendly and reasonably priced.”

The annual program invites visitors to experience a variety of activities, many designed specifically for children. After picking up a passport at participating museums, visitors will receive a stamp, and are encouraged to fill their passports with as many stamps as they can.

“It’s a great way for families to experience the many museums and nature centers that are located throughout the suburban Chicago area,” DeFalco said. “There are so many fascinating places to see in Kane and DuPage counties; I think it’s a great resource for families to keep all year long.”

One museum new to the passport program is the Little White Museum in Oswego. Roger Matile, director since 1990, said the Kendall County museum is the first in the county to join the association.

“We’re hoping the program will introduce the Little White School Museum and the village of Oswego to an entirely new group of visitors who may well be unfamiliar with our area,” Matile said. “In addition, we’re hoping that the list of participating museums and nature centers in each passport will provide some interesting, nearby places residents of the Oswegoland community can easily visit this summer.”

Matile said the passport program offers a variety of benefits for local families.

“Finding interesting and fun places to visit leads to a better understanding of the area in which we live,” the director said. “(It) puts a new spin on places we think we’re already familiar with.”

If you go

The Passport to Adventure Program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and is sponsored by the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.

1. Each summer from May 1 until Labor Day, pick up a free passport booklet at a participating museum or participating library.

2. Visit as many sites as you wish — museums, nature centers and historic sites — described in the booklet. Receive a stamp at each participating site. Some sites are free while some charge an entry fee.

3. Some sites may offer a prize if you’ve visited a certain number of sites. Check your booklet to determine where to return your stamped booklet for a possible prize. 

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The following museums are part of the 2014 Passport to Adventure:

1850 William Beith House, St. Charles

1843 Durant House Museum, St. Charles

Addison Historical District

Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts

Bartlett Depot Museum

Bartlett History Museum

Bartlett Nature Center

Batavia Depot Museum

Blackberry Farm, Aurora

Centerville School, West Dundee

Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles

Dundee Township Historical Museum 

DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville

DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton

Elgin History Museum

Elgin Public Museum

Elk Grove Historical Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Historical Museum

Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden, Geneva 

First Division Museum,Cantigny 

Fischer Farm, Bensenville

Fox River Trolley Museum, South Elgin

Fullersburg Woods Nature Center, Oak Brook

Garfield Farm Museum, LaFox

Geneva History Center

Graue Mill And Museum, Oak Brook

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, Elgin

Hedges Station 1849, Winfield

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles

Hinsdale History Museum

Hoosier Grove Museum, Streamwood

Itasca Historical Depot Museum

Itasca’s Springbook Nature Center

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, Lisle

Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago

Kruse House Museum, West Chicago

Lake View Nature Center, Oakbrook Terrace

Lisle Station Park Museums

Little White School Museum, Oswego

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst

McDonald Farm, Naperville

Millennium Carillon, Naperville

Morton Arboretum, Lisle

Naper Settlement, Naperville

Peck Farm Park, Geneva

Pioneer Sholes School, St. Charles

Primrose Farm, St. Charles

Red Oak Nature Center, Fox Valley Park District

Robert R. McCormick Museum, Cantigny, Wheaton

Schweitzer House Environmental Center, West Dundee

Sheldon Peck Homestead, Lombard

St. Charles Heritage Center

Stacy’s Tavern Museum, Glen Ellyn

Sumner House Museum, Roselle

Victorian Cottage, Lombard

Villa Park Historical Museum

Warrenville Historical Society

West Chicago City Museum

William L. Gregg House, Westmont

Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn

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