Splish, splash – museum hosts water day

SYCAMORE – In keeping with the theme, there was water everywhere: underground, in the air, even on two dozen local children.

“Fun with Water” was the theme of the July Family Fun Day last Thursday at the Sycamore History Museum.

“Summer heat, for many people, involves cooling off with water – a nice cold glass of water, a trip to the pool, or a good, old-fashioned water balloon fight,” museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said, adding that she decided to combine all of those in one afternoon. “Playing with water can also be educational.”

The day began with a well-drilling demonstration by Jeff Tyrell, the owner of Tyrell Well & Pump of Sycamore. “It’s a neat process,” he told the crowd.

“I love the idea of something coming 300 feet under the ground that hasn’t seen the light of day,” well driller Duane Jacobson said, adding that drillers can see soil layers in the ground as they drill. “There’s a lot of gravel and sand clay.”

“That’s not something you see every day,” Donahoe said.

Along with the demonstration, there were numerous water-based experiments, such as seeing how many drops of water fit on a penny, finding out whether objects will sink or float and a chance to make your own mini-well using Styrofoam cups.

Although most chose to use water, Anna Meeks, 7, and Rene Geving, 9, used lemonade for the experiments instead. “But it’s not working very well,” Rene said.

For many, the highlight of the afternoon was a water balloon fight. “The kids were anxious for that,” Donahoe laughed.

The museum’s next family event will be a scavenger history hunt on Aug. 14. The cost is $5 per family.

For more information call 815-895-5762 or visit sycamorehistory.org.

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