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.
For more information, visit www.kdrma.org.
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