Splash, climb, touch, explore, trade, play, pretend and slide into adventures at the new Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement. It’s where history comes to play!
Nestled in a replica of a wooden fort, the Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 through 7 to explore the outdoors in a setting created just for them. The playscape playground and splash pad provide opportunities for early childhood physical, imaginative and social development while promoting increased connections to the natural environment, local history and community engagement.
The early childhood field emphasizes the value of nature to support a young child’s curiosity, discovery and sense of wonder, thereby promoting their growth in all developmental domains.
The Playscape will be open during regular Summer Season hours from April 1 - October 31
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Closed on Mondays
Please note - The water features in the Splash Pad are turned on between the Friday before Memorial Day in May and Oct. 15 and will be turned off during the open season when temperatures dip below 70 degrees.
Entrance into the playscape area is included in your museum admission
$12/adult; $10/senior (62+); $8/youth (4-12)
Under 4 years, Naperville residents (with proof of residency) and Members are free
Highlights of the playscape will include:
Little Free Library
Naper Settlement is proud to host one of very few Little Free Libraries in Naperville. Our Little Free Library, decorated with the hands of Camp Naper campers, offers a way for our guests to connect with other community members and share favorite books of all kinds - books that teach, intrigue and engage. The instructions are simple:
Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shaded picnic area.