I’m a list maker.
To do lists. Grocery lists. Chore lists. Packing lists. Honey do lists. I find it satisfying to write something down, accomplish it and cross it off.
There is one kind of list I have yet to make -- a bucket list. When I saw Patch offered recommendations for summer, I got to thinking about all the things to do in and around Naperville that I haven’t yet tried. There are so many fun offerings that it is easy to stick to the same things. We love the parks, the Morton Arboretum, the , the librairies, the and our neighborhood pool. But sometimes it’s good to mix it up.
Even though we’ve lived here for more than a decade and the kids have gone on several school field trips there, I’ve never been to . I pass by the historic museum village often and would like to take a peek at 19th century life. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 62 and up and $6.50 for youth from four to 17.
For years, I’ve been saying I need to get to a farmer’s market in Naperville. Then Saturday gets away from me and I’ve missed it again. There are three to choose from this summer. The hosts a market in the Fifth Avenue Station parking lot on Saturdays through October from 7 a.m. to noon; the at Freedom Drive and Diehl Road is held on Saturdays through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the Riverview Farmstead Market on Book Road between 111th and 119th streets opens on Thursdays through September from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While we love to walk along the and to play at the park by , we’ve never taken a ride on one of the paddleboats. Four-passenger boats can be rented for $8 for 20 minutes and for $10 for 40 minutes through September from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours are shorter in August and September.
For years the boys have played soccer at , but we’ve never played Frisbee golf there. This season, there’s been a ton of play and it looks like fun. The park is located at 336 Knoch Knolls Road.
We’ve also never been to any kind of performance at North Central College. I think the boys would enjoy "Annie." There are scads of musical and theatrical offerings to choose from. Click here to check some out.
Every summer when I see the hot air balloons from Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies festival, I think about going to watch a balloon flight or going for the balloon glow that allows people to see the balloons up close. Flights are at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 1 through July 3 and glows are at 8:30 p.m. Take off is from Lisle Community Park west of Rt. 53, east of Yackley Ave. and South of US-34. Officials recommend going at least 30 minutes early to watch because flight times are approximate. Morning flights are free to watch, while evening activities cost $5 admission.
The largest water park in the Chicago area isn't located too far from Naperville. Raging Waves at 4000 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville sounds like the perfect place for a getaway day for the boys to cool off this summer. The 45-acre park opens at 10 a.m. and costs between $20 and $30 for admission.
So, what did I miss?