Free summer activity schedule


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Summer Activities Lineup


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Kids must be accompanied by an adult for all programs.

Try It Tuesday Activities 1:00-3:30 PM
@ Raupp Museum

6/16- Churn Butter
6/23- Make a Kite
6/30- Make Candles
7/7- Soap Boat
7/14- Button Buzz Toy
7/21- Ball and Jacks
7/28- Marbles
8/4- Cord Bracelet
8/11- Felt Flowers
8/18- Scrapbook

Wild Wednesday Nature Walks 10:00 -11:00 AM
Nature Classroom @ Rylko Park
(Buffalo Grove Rd entrance)
6/17- Birds
6/24- Bats
7/22-Fruit and flowers
8/5- Will it bite?
8/12-Is it poisonous?

Museum in the Park 10 AM-12 PM
6/18- Mill Creek Park
7/2- Cherbourg Park
7/16- Canterbury Park
7/30- Apple Hill Park

Free Winter Break Crafts

Try a different craft every afternoon during winter break. Children must bring an adult. Come anytime from 1:00 pm- 3:30 PM, December 22-January 2.  No RSVP needed, walk-ins welcome. Donations are appreciated.


12/22- Pinecone bird feeder
 12/23- Snowflake suncatcher
 12/24- Felt heart project
 12/26- Holiday card collage frame
12/29- make butter, try on crackers
12/30- Squawking chicken
12/31- New Year’s party horn & hats
01/02- New Year’s scrapbook

Hot Dogs, History and Try-It Tuesdays on the menu this summer


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Free Try-It Tuesday activities are back from 1-3:30 PM all summer long. New this year, the Park District food cart will be at the museum on select dates with lunch food available to purchase (cash only please). Enjoy a picnic on the grounds and then come do a free fun historic craft activity. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Here’s the summer lineup:

June 10 -Churn butter (food cart available 12:30-1.30 PM)
June 17 -Make candle (food cart available 12:30-1.30 PM)
June 24 -Kite construction
July 1 -Felt flag (food cart available 12:30-1.30 PM)
July 8 -Clothespin butterfly
July 15– Pinwheel (food cart available 12:30-1.30 PM)
July 22– Make paper
July 29 – Carve soap (food cart available 12:30-1.30 PM)
August 5 -Cornhusk doll (food cart available 12:30-1.30 PM)




Wildlife Wednesday!

Today’s Wild Wednesday walk and talk theme was bats, but no one actually saw any since they’re nocturnal creatures. However, we did see other neat animals including barn swallows that made their home on a park shelter wall at Rylko Park.

These birds like to live in open, uncrowded areas near a water source. They build extraordinary nests made of mud and vegetation high up on the walls of barns or sides of trees.

Then on our walk, we saw the remains of a coyote’s dinner on the trail: a severed tail of a dead opossum… then tufts of hair… and  finally a pile of bones and puddle dead opossum muck. The kids loved it!

Finally, we rounded off the walk with tall yellow wildflower and dragonfly sightings. Join us for next week’s free walk and talk about birds at Willow Stream Park at 10.30.


Kites are flying high in the museum’s new summer exhibit in the lower gallery.  Find out how kites helped to win World War II, advanced science, changed sports, shaped cultures around the world, and more! If you’re feeling inspired after all that, you can even make your own kite to fly.

This exhibit is free and only runs from June 1 to August 15th, so don’t wait!

The summer of the dragon


We are excited to finally announce plans for the temporary “Kites!” exhibit that will run from June 1 to August 15 in the downstairs gallery. Visitors will learn about kites from around the world, see different types of kites, find out why they fly, and even have the opportunity to make an indoor kite (guaranteed to fly).

This handsome, fearsome kite creature has been waiting patiently in the office to be showcased in the summer exhibit and he’s brought plenty of friends with him. The exhibit is shaping up to be more awesome than anything we’ve ever attempted before.  Be sure to mark your calendar and stay tuned for updates!