As a parent, I just have to say that this is a really cool idea, and I wish we had known about it back when our kids were younger.
You can get a free “Passport to Adventure,” a guide to the museums and nature centers of Kane and DuPage counties designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12 sponsored by the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association — and it’s as east as 1-2-3.
Here’s how it works:
1) Each summer from May 1 until Labor Day, pick up a (free!) passport booklet at a participating museum or participating local 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, some charge a modest entry fee.
3) Some sites may offer a prize if you’ve visited a certain number of sites. Return your stamped booklet to the location from step 1.
Aurora Museum Passport Deals
Children who visit the Aurora Historical Society beginning May 1, 2015, can chart their own summertime voyage through the museums and nature centers of Kane and DuPage Counties thanks to the 2015 Passport To Adventure program sponsored by the Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association.
The little yellow “Passport to Adventure” booklet is available at the Tanner House (305 Cedar St. 60506, free tours every Wednesday and Sunday at 1,2 and 3pm) and the Pierce Art and History Center (20 E. Downer, 60505, Wednesdays-Saturdays Noon-4pm, free).
Also in Aurora, passports can be obtained at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (53 N. Broadway, 60505), Sci-Tech Hands-On Museum (18 W. Benton, 60506), Blackberry Farm (100 S. Barnes Rd. 60506) and all locations of the Aurora Public Library. Passports also are available at any of the other Kane or DuPage museums, which number about 70, in towns from A-Z, or at least Addison to Yorkville!
Passports are stamped at each of the participating museums, giving each young explorer a memento of a summer full of discovery.
Children who choose to start their journey by picking up a passport at either the Tanner House or the Pierce Center can return to the Pierce Center when they have 8 or more stamps to receive a small prize.
The Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association (KDRMA) is an alliance of more than 50 museums. The organization serves its members through collaborative programming, promotion and professional development and networking.Our member museums offer a variety of interactive experiences whether your interest is history, science, the arts, nature, or just about anything else. We allow our visitors to get “eye level” with the objects and exhibits that make learning come alive.Experience your local culture by exploring a museum today.
KDRMA Member Museums
In addition to the Tanner House, Pierce Center, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Sci-Tech Hands-On Museum and Aurora Historical Society, here are the museums mentioned on the KDRMA website.
- 1850 William Beith House – St. Charles
- 1843 Durant House Museum – St. Charles
- Addison Historical District
- Arts in Bartlett Center for the ArtsBartlett 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
- Garfield Farm Museum
- 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
- Schweitzer House Environmental Center – West Dundee
- Sheldon Peck Homestead – Lombard
- St. Charles Heritage Center
- Stacy s Tavern Museum – Glen Ellyn
- Sumner House Museum – RoselleVictorian Cottage – Lombard
- Villa Park Historical Museum
- Warrenville Historical Society
- West Chicago City Museum
- William L. Gregg House – Westmont
- Willowbrook Wildlife Center – Glen Ellyn