Family Friendly: Naper Settlement has plenty planned for Oktoberfest
Families can head out to Naper Settlement for Oktoberfest Oct 5.-6
Updated: October 4, 2012 9:56AM
There’s a good reason why the Naper Settlement hosts a huge Oktoberfest celebration each year. “In Naperville, there was a wave of German immigration that occurred in the 1840s,” marketing and sales representative Donna DeFalco said. “Oktoberfest ties in with our mission of education and preservation.”
This year’s music-filled Oktoberfest is 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at 523 S. Webster St. Special fun is planned for kids from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“One of our favorite activities is the little train,” DeFalco said. “The families can ride the train around the grounds and see our historic buildings.” There will also be art activities and people from the German Language School of Naperville, dressed in traditional costumes, will do face painting and lead games.
Tickets are $15, $10 for ages 4-12, at the gate.
For details, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum.
Kids will meet Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and Harriet Tubman at a Civil War Reenactment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Families will also see a Civil War cannon being fired, hear the Battlefield Balladeers sing Civil War era songs and do educational activities, including a Civil War scavenger hunt at this free event.
For details, call (630) 668-5161 or visit www.cantigny.org.
REASON FOR THE RHYME
Children will learn What’s Orange and Red and Keeps You Fed? at a storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. They’ll hear “Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie” by Herman Parish and “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?” by Margaret McNamara.
For details, call (630) 684-0586 or visit www.barnesnadnoble.com.
CRAFTY WAY TO SPEND THE DAY
The Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St. is hosting Columbus Day Drop-In Crafts, Monday, Oct. 8. All ages are invited to come by anytime and stay as long as they like.
For details, call (708) 562-3573 or visit www.westchesterpl.org.
PARK AFTER DARK
Celebrate Halloween early at a Free Movie in the Park, at dusk Friday, Oct. 12 at Robbins Park, 7th and Vine streets, Hinsdale. First you’ll see a Halloween cartoon that’s perfect for tots and then a movie geared toward older kids, but also appropriate for all ages. Snacks and drinks will be sold.
For details, call (630) 789-7090 or visit www.villageofhinsdale.org.