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2019 Spring Break Staycation

Join us for Wheaton College's Spring Break Staycation, a collection of free events geared to kids ages 5-12. 

Wheaton College is excited to host a Spring Break Staycation for elementary school-aged children, from March 25 to 29. Join us on campus for interactive cooking and science events, some dramatic performances, and open gym time. All events are free, but registration is required for select events.

Keep in mind that children must be accompanied by their caregivers at all of the eventsThis year, Wheaton College requires a signed safety waiver and media waiver for participation in these events. These should be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Please plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to each event in order to fill out these waivers. If your child will be chaperoned by a caregiver other than his or her parent or legal guardian, please print off and sign the waivers and either have the caregiver bring the signed waivers to the event or email it in advance to Emily Bratcher at emily.bratcher@wheaton.edu.

Print off a Staycation Scavenger Hunt here. If you 1) Find all the Wheaton College landmarks on the list 2) Follow @wheatoncollegeil on Instagram, and 3) Post a photo with at least one of the landmarks to Instagram with the hashtag #WheatonStaycation, and 4) Turn in your scavenger hunt to the Welcome Center, you’ll win a small prize and you’ll be entered into a drawing for the grand prizes.

Kids can also pick up a Staycation passport at any of the events and receive stamps for each day’s activities!

Monday, March 25

Staycation Story Time: The Light Princess by George MacDonald

10 a.m. | The Wade Center, Bakke Auditorium | 351 E. Lincoln Ave.

Join us for a story time featuring an abridged retelling of The Light Princess. At her christening, the light princess is afflicted with constant weightlessness until one day love finally brings her back down to earth for good. The story time is free and open to the public but seating is limited to a first come, first served basis. No registration is required.

Hands-on Reactions with the Wheaton Chemistry Society

1-3 p.m. | Meyer Science Center, Room 311 | 430 Howard St.

Come to the Chemistry lab to observe, touch, and experiment with several reactions that feel different than they appear and look different than what you’d expect! Although experiments will run throughout the entire two hours, the Chemistry Society requests that guests sign up to attend one 15-minute session. Registration is now closed. Please email emily.bratcher@wheaton.edu if you'd like your child to be placed on the waitlist. 

Tuesday, March 26

Prince Caspian: A Staycation Drama

10:30 a.m. | The Wade Center, Bakke Auditorium | 351 E. Lincoln Ave.

In this short play, the four Pevensie children return to Narnia and find things quite different there. They must work together with Prince Caspian and the other Narnians to restore peace and the rightful ruler to the throne. The performance is free and open to the public but seating is limited to a first come, first served basis. No registration is required.

 Staycation Writing Workshop

1-1:45 p.m. and 2-2:45 p.m. | Beamer Center, Parmelee Conference Room | 412 S. Chase St.

Join English Professor Drew Bratcher and several Wheaton College writing students for a 45-minute creative writing workshop in the Parmelee Conference Room. Participants will write several short pieces, receive feedback from instructors, and conclude the session by reading a portion of their work out loud. Kids in grades 2 - 5 are welcome. Registration is now closed. Please email emily.bratcher@wheaton.edu if you'd like your child to be placed on the waitlist. 

Wednesday, March 27

Open Gym

10 a.m.-noon | Chrouser Sports Complex | 601 Kenilworth Ave.

Join HoneyRock staffers in the Chrouser Sports Center to play a game of Pig, Nine Square in the Air, or just run around! Check in at the front desk and find us in the Rec Gym.

Cooking School & Kitchen Tour with Bon Appétit

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Beamer Center, North Party Room | 412 S. Chase St.

Join Bon Appetit staff for a guided tour of the Wheaton College kitchen and bakery, and then make your own pizza and dessert. Registration is now closed. 

Thursday, March 28

Prince Caspian: A Staycation Drama

10:30 a.m. | The Wade Center, Bakke Auditorium | 351 E. Lincoln Ave.

In this short play, the four Pevensie children return to Narnia and find things quite different there. They must work together with Prince Caspian and the other Narnians to restore peace and the rightful ruler to the throne. The performance is free and open to the public but seating is limited to a first come, first served basis. No registration is required. Come to the Bakke Auditorium by 9:45 a.m. to enjoy a hands-on violin and guitar experience, compliments of the Community School of the Arts.

Zoe’s Feet Dance Class

2 p.m. | Chrouser Sports Complex, Dance Studio | 603 Kenilworth Ave.

Join dancers from Wheaton College's Zoe's Feet in a dance workshop. Registration is now closed. 

Friday, March 29

Conifer Tree Tour

1 p.m. | In front of Blanchard Hall | 501 College Ave.

Join Wheaton College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Ray Lewis and several biology students on a tour of the conifers on Wheaton College’s campus. In addition to learning about pines, spruces and yews, among others, kids will get a conifer chart that they can use to identify trees on the Wheaton College campus, which has Tree Campus USA status designated by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Prince Caspian: A Staycation Drama

4 p.m. | The Wade Center, Bakke Auditorium | 351 E. Lincoln Ave.

In this short play, the four Pevensie children return to Narnia and find things quite different there. They must work together with Prince Caspian and the other Narnians to restore peace and the rightful ruler to the throne. The performance is free and open to the public but seating is limited to a first come, first served basis. No registration is required. Come to the Bakke Auditorium by 3:15 p.m. to enjoy a hands-on guitar experience, compliments of the Community School of the Arts.