Discovery Days for Kids

Join the Aurora Historical Society for our summer children’s program Discovery Days for Kids! Each day will consist of a kid-friendly tour of Hillary House National Historic Site followed by a fun heritage craft or activity. Programs include Medical Detectives, Nature Seekers, Arts and Craft, Back to School, and our ever-popular Dig It!

All programs run from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. $5.00 for children, $2.00 for adults. Parents must be present at all times. If you have any questions contact Leigha Cooney at or 905 727 8991.


Medical Detectives

When: Friday June 3rd, Saturday June 25th, Saturday July 16th, Thursday August 18th
Where: Hillary House
What: We have a little bit of a problem here at Hillary House. It seems that some people are sick in Aurora and Doctor Hillary needs your help! He is missing some important items that need to go into his doctor’s bag. Can you help him find what he needs? The Aurora Historical Society is calling on parents and children to help Doctor Hillary!. Hunt for your supplies while on a tour of Hillary House so that you can make your very own stethoscope!!! Try it out by listening to a loved one’s heart beat!!


Dig It!

When: Thursday July 7th, Thursday July 21st, Thursday August 4th, Saturday August 20th
Where: Hillary House
What: We were looking around Hillary House one day and came across some artifacts that we have not seen before. Parents and children are invited to step into the shoes of an archaeologist and learn about these artifacts. There is just one thing to do first. We have to dig them up!


Arts and Crafts

Where: Hillary House
What: Who doesn’t enjoy craft time? Join us at Hillary House for a variety of Arts and Crafts, outdoor games and a tour of Hillary House throughout the summer season!
When: Saturday June 11th Music Mania – Join us at Hillary House for a music themed craft day making tambourines, harmonica’s and rain sticks!
Saturday July 23rd Under the Sea – In celebration of the new movie “Finding Dory” join us for some underwater theme crafts
Saturday August 6th Edible treats – Join us as we put on our chef’s hat for a butter and ice cream making day!
Thursday August 25th Victorian Crafts- Are you curious as to what crafts the Victorians did over 100 years ago? Join us at Hillary House to learn about some Victorian traditions and traditional crafts such as knitting and jewelry making.


Nature Seekers

When: Saturday June 18th, Thursday July 14th, Thursday July 28th, Saturday August 13th
Where: Hillary House
What: Did you know that Hillary House has 2.5 acres of land? That means there are many different plants and animals to find. Join us at Hillary House on the dates above for a scavenger hunt, house tour and to make and decorate your own nature themed crafts, such as a bird feeder, and a flowerpot!!!


Back to School

When: Saturday August 11th, Saturday August 27th
Where: Hillary House
What: Parents and Children are invited to join us at Hillary House, where we will prepare for the back to school season. In addition to a tour of Hillary House, children will participate in a scavenger hunt for school items, and design their own pencil case to put them in!