Girl Scouts

To schedule a program, call 630-377-6424 or email fabyanvilla@ppfv.org.

Juniors

Fabyan Villa Museum tour: 45 minutes

The 1907 Fabyan Villa is a re-designed Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style farm house. For this tour, Scouts will learn the unique history of the Fabyan family, the code-breaking that significantly influenced both World Wars and how the Fabyans became interested in Japanese culture.   Scouts will even learn how to break a bi-lateral cipher code! They will also see the Samurai suit, the infamous mummy, a marble statue from the 1893 Columbian Exposition, as well as the monkey and bear cages!

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

 

Japanese Garden Tour:  30 minutes

This guided tour through the Fabyan Japanese Garden is the perfect place to explore Japanese garden design and history with your scouts.  A staff member will lead your group through the Japanese style tea garden where they will see a waiting bench chamber, a tea house and different style lanterns. The guide will point out different types of trees and plants that are historic to the over 100 year old garden, as well as those chosen for their Japanese style.  At the end of the tour scouts will be able to identify the unique elements found in Japanese gardens.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

Brownies

Fabyan Villa Artifact Bingo: 45 minutes

Brownies will be guided through the museum as they play a matching game with artifacts and important architectural elements in the house. Guides will explain the importance of items that the scouts are looking for and also give a history of the house itself using pictures and interesting stories about the estate.  After the game, your group will know about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Riverbank Acoustic labs and why the Fabyans had an interest in Japanese art and culture.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

 

Estate Treasure Hunt: 40 minutes

Guides will take Brownies through the west side of the Fabyan Forest Preserve as they search for clues that lead to a special treasure! Guides will show scouts historic photos and tell the history of the former Riverbank estate.  At the end of the tourBrownies will be able to identify specific historic elements still on the property and understand why they were important to the history of the estate.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

Boy Scout and Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts

Fabyan Villa Museum tour: 45 minutes

A guided tour will give insight into the lives of George and Nelle Fabyan, owners of the home from 1905 to 1939.  Scouts will learn through stories and pictures how the Fabyans amassed over time a 300 acre estate which they named “Riverbank.”  Scouts will discover the many facets of the estate includinga farm, greenhouses, gardens, fountains, pools, a boathouse, a 5-story windmill; they will explore the Fabyan collection, notably the Japanese Samurai suit, the infamous mummy and a marble statue from the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

 

Japanese Garden Tour: 30 minutes

This guided tour through the Fabyan Japanese Garden is the perfect place to explore Japanese Garden design and history with your scouts. A staff member will lead your group through the Japanese style tea garden where they will see a waiting bench chamber, a tea house and different style lanterns. The guide will point out different types of trees and plants that are historic to the over 100 year old garden, as well as those chosen for their Japanese style.  At the end of the tour scouts will be able to identify the unique elements found in Japanese gardens.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

Cub Scouts

Fabyan Villa Artifact Bingo: 45 minutes

Scouts will be guided through the museum as they play a matching game with artifacts and important architectural elements in the house. Guides will explain the importance of items that the scouts are looking for and also give a history of the house itself using pictures and interesting stories about the estate.  After the game, your group will know about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Riverbank Acoustic labs and why the Fabyans had an interest in Japanese art and culture.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30

 

Estate Treasure Hunt: 40 minutes

Guides will take Scouts through the west side of the Fabyan Forest Preserve as they search for clues that lead to a special treasure! Guides will show scouts historic photos and tell the history of the former Riverbank estate.  At the end of the tour Scouts will understand specific historic elements still on the property and understand why they were important to the history of the estate.

Fee: $3/Scout; Minimum Group Fee: $30