Summer Activities for Children



Reading about the lives of our ancestors in books is one thing.  Spending a day or a few hours experiencing some of the activities they did is another.

So the Living History Committee of the Mount Prospect Historical Society is once again this summer offering children entering grades two through five the opportunity to step back in time for a few hours.

“Life as a Prairie Girl” was a huge hit last summer and it is back.  From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 21 girls entering second through fourth grade are invited to visit the museum campus at 101 S. Maple St. to make dolls, try old-fashioned chores, make and drink real lemonade, and learn about helpful plants in the garden.

That afternoon, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., a follow-up session for those who enjoyed the program last summer will be offered for girls entering grades three through five.  During “Prairie Girl II” participants will try their hand at sewing, make a no-bake summer treat, explore the gardens and more.

Space is limited and the cost is $25 per child, per session.  The deadline for registration is July 14.

prairie-girlAddison Kester, 9, of Elk Grove Village, will undoubtedly be back because she enjoyed the Prairie Girl program so much last year.

“My favorite thing was getting to make yarn dolls because it made me feel what it was like back then compared to how things are now,” she recalled.

Her mother, Janet Fuller Kester, a Mount Prospect native, added, “The girls really enjoyed their time as a Prairie Girl for the afternoon.  It helped to put into perspective things they learned about from school and make it real for them.  I know Addison would love to learn more about being a prairie girl.”

The following week a totally new program, open to both boys and girls entering second through fifth grade, is planned.  “The Science of History” will be held from 9:30 to noon, Thursday, July 28, also on the museum campus.

The program will involve creating and learning about catapults.  If time permits, they will play an old-fashioned game or two.

Space is limited for this program, too.  The registration deadline is July 21 and the cost is $25 per child.

To register, call 847/392-9006 or shop on our website  to pay through PayPal.

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