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A Trip Back in Time for Children's Day at Pleasant Home

Children's Day will teach children and families what it was like to be a kid in the 19th century

Oak Park, Illinois - September 6, 2006 - Pleasant Home, a National Historic Landmark in Oak Park, will host Children's Day on October 1 from 1 to 4pm. Children and families will learn about the history of Pleasant Home as well as experience first hand how children lived and played in the 19th century. This free event is presented by Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, in partnership with the Pleasant Home Foundation, Park District of Oak Park and the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest.

Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a 30-room prairie-style mansion in the heart of Oak Park. It was designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher. Today, the house is preserved by the Pleasant Home Foundation as a museum and lasting tribute to Maher; the museum and research center of The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest is located on the second floor.

Children's Day at Pleasant Home will be filled with activities and guided tours of the home. Kids can play dress-up in Victorian clothing or make Jacob's Ladder at Turn-of-the-Century craft time. Old-fashioned games like hop scotch, hoop roll and roller-skating will take place in the park just outside the mansion. Kids can also try their hands at 19th century chores such as rug beating, water hauling and butter churning. Following the event, photographs and costumes from the Pleasant Home will be on exhibit at Wonder Works for two weeks.

Pleasant Home is located at 217 Home Avenue in Oak Park. Activities begin at 1 pm and continue until 4pm; admission is free. For more information, call Wonder Works at 708-383-4815 or visit

About Wonder Works
Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children up to age 10. The 6,400 square foot museum, located at 6445 West North Avenue in Oak Park, includes exhibits, educational programming, a retail store and a children's party room. The museum is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5 per person and free for members and children under age one. For more information about field trips, birthday parties and after-hours parties call 708.383.4815 or visit