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April 2017

Special Events

Spring Fundraiser for the Kid's Garden begins
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Every year visitors to Wonder Works donate to make the Kid's Garden possible, and in return have the opportunity to paint and plant their very own custom planter. This year, donors will also be supporting a monthly series of garden themed workshops, running each month starting in April. These free workshops (with paid admission to the museum) offer an in-depth child guided study of various aspects of gardening and always include a special craft project. Any excess funds raised will be used to purchase new toys for the museum. Follow these links for more information on the Kid’s Garden or the Spring Fundraiser.

Member's Night
Thursday, April 6, 5pm to 7pm

Wonder Works is staying open late for our members! The first Thursday of every month, from 5pm to 7pm will allow members to come in (or stay in!) and enjoy Wonder Works in the evening. We will be hosting special events, such as story times and have a special craft just for our members.

Fundraiser at Nando's Peri-Peri Oak Park
Satuday, April 8, 4pm to 11pm

Stop by Nando's Peri-Peri in Oak Park on Saturday, April 8, between 4pm and 11pm with this flyer and Wonder Works will receive a donation of 40% of your total bill.

Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats in Concert
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Laura Doherty is a nationally touring children's recording artist and award winning producer with an ear for a catchy melody. Laura has been an award winning children's musician for over six years, and is sure to please children and adults alike. Complete details here.

Week of the Young Child
April 24 through April 28

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families (more info here). This year Wonder Works is celebrating by offering an exciting assortment of activities all covered by General Admission.

  • Musical Monday: Drum Circle at 11am and 3:30pm
    Bring your own pots and pans or come early and make your own in North Avenue Art Works and head to Lights, Camera, Action! at 11 and 3:30 for a bangin' good time.

  • Work together Wednesday: Liter-Architect-ly
    Build together at Wonder Works where we will be reading books about building and then build collaboratively in Build It!.

  • Artsy Thursday #TheWorldTheyDeserve Collaborative Art
    Help us encircle our hand printed globe with children by decorating your own paper doll and adding it our diversity chain!

  • Family Friday Make your own Family Crest
    Stop by Wonder Works and hop into North Avenue Art Works to design and make your very own family crest.

Garden Workshop: Feelin' Seedy
Saturday, April 29, 10am to noon

Join Wonder Works in discovering the world of seeds! Kids will explore various aspects of seeds, have the opportunity to touch and hold a variety of different seeds and create art projects with seeds. Take homes include art projects and their own decorated planter. Covered by General Admission.

Nature and Science at Wonder Works

Nature and Science at Wonder Works is a hands-on science program for young children, created and implemented by Wonder Works’ resident scientist and early learning specialist, Eric Gyllenhaal. Nature and Science at Wonder Works takes place every Friday, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

April 7: Animals in Spring

Find out what wild animals are doing in early April. Bird migration is well under way, frogs and toads sing on warm days, and worms and insects are more active as the soil warms. You can meet soil animals, touch real mammal fur and bird feathers, and experience both living and preserved insects. Search for plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles that spent the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit, then make footprints in our pretend mud at the play-dough table.

April 14: Air-powered Toys

Moving air can power airplanes, helicopters, boats, and many other kinds of vehicles. At this week’s program you can launch a paper helicopter, drop a parachute, release a balloon-powered vehicle, help the wind-blow sailboats across the water, and fly aircraft powered by your imagination. You can also make your own burst of wind using an empty plastic jug or our more powerful air cannon.

April 21: Rocks for Play and Learning

We will have lots of rocks at Wonder Works today, including big rocks to touch, smaller rocks to sort, and tiny rocks to sift from the art-room sandbox. You also can collect coal and iron ore hauled by our O-scale model railway and rocks of many different colors. The play-dough table will be set up as a quarry, where diggers and dump trucks excavate rocks and crystals and wooden trains haul them all away.

April 28: Electric Toys and Magnets

Today’s focus will be on current electricity, as we make electric circuits that light bulbs, run a motor, or play music. You can also play with toys powered by batteries and take a turn as engineer with our O-scale electric railroad. We will peek inside some of the battery-powered toys to figure out how they work. Hint: Their motors will have magnets! There will be lots of magnetic construction materials to build with, plus magnets to explore the art-room sandbox—see what sticks to magnets, and what does not.

Recurring Events

The following events run weekly in April, and are included with General Admission to the museum. Membership to Wonder Works gives you unlimited visits and unlimited access to all of these great activities.

Beginner's Art Studio (Drop In): Mon & Wed-Sat 10:30am to 4:30pm, Sun 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Art has never been so much fun! Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. Learn about North Avenue Art Works.

Paint Covered Wednesdays: Wed 10:30am to 4:30pm
Paint Covered Wednesdays provide children the artistic opportunity of a lifetime. Children use a large variety of paints, methods and canvases as they learn to tell their stories, to create new things and expand their understanding of the world around them. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills, boosting self-esteem and gives a positive outlet for expression. Learn about North Avenue Art Works.

Liter-artly: Wednesday at 3:30pm
Liter-artly is Wednesdays at 3:30pm Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and exciting adventures. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. Join us in North Avenue Artworks following story time for a unique opportunity to explore the artistic styling of an illustrator related to each day's stories

Shadow Puppet Story-Times, Fridays at 11:30am
Join us for this exciting adventure into story and legend with Bill our amazing story time expert and his trusty sidekick who puts on an amazingly shadowy performance.