Calendar of Events
Thursday, April 4, 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. Each month we have a special event, this month we will have a sneak peek of the Nature and Science Program "Transportation Works". This event is covered by General Admission
Chicago Spring Break is Super Hero Week (part deuce)!
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 10am to 5pm EVERY DAY!!!
Super heros big and small, but mostly small, will have the time of their lives jumping, swinging and flying their way through SUPER HERO TRAINING, a week long adventure of play and learning. This event is covered by General Admission.
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20, 10am to 5pm
One day is never enough, but it will have to be. Earth Day Celebration at Wonder Works. This event is covered by General Admission.
Pajama Pizza Party
Friday, April 26, 6pm to 8pm
Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Wonder Works will be hosting its first ever Friday Night Pajama Pizza Party! This special event will see games, activities, art, and finish up with a relaxing story time to wind down. Pizza and snacks with be served throughout the evening. Cost is just $5 for Wonder Works Members or $10 for non-members.
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 Fridays from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.
April 5: Collecting Nature for Play and Learning
Young children and their adults can learn about the natural world when they collect rocks, fossils, shells, bones, seeds, cones, or other objects produced by nature. At our Collecting Nature program, you can view, touch, sort, classify, learn about, and play with our nature collections from around the world. You can also jump-start your own nature collection: Sift through the sandbox to find rocks and shells you can either keep or trade at the Nature Collector’s Swap Shop. At the Swap Shop you can also trade in natural objects you bring from home.
April 12: Transportation Works
Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in to loop-de-loops around a battery-powered raceway. There will also be more wooden trains than usual, plus an O-scale model railway. The play-dough table will be set up as a construction site, with diggers, dump trucks, and plastic construction workers. You’ll find more construction vehicles in our pebble-filled pool and in the art-room sandbox.
April 19 and 20: Animals in Spring
For Earth Day, Wonder Works will celebrate the wild animals that live in the Chicago area. Young children and their caregivers can explore, play, and create as they discover what mammals, birds, turtles, frogs, and bugs do as spring arrives in our parks and neighborhoods. Participants can dig for soil creatures, investigate pond life with magnifiers and microscopes, touch preserved specimens of mammals and birds, make tracks like those found near their homes, and play with plush and plastic creatures in the art room and Great Outdoors exhibit.
April 26: What’s Inside?
Today we will use our senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what’s inside a variety of natural and human-make objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what’s inside just by listening. You can look at X-rays of skeletons and take apart toys to see if we can figure out how they work. There also will be magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.
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.
Shadow Puppet Story-Times
Mondays and Fridays at 11:30am, All Ages
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.
Paint Covered Wednesdays
Wed 10:30am to 4:30pm, All Ages
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.
Mindfulness and More
Wednesday at 3:30pm, All Ages
Guided activities designed to help children develop focusing skills and strengthen self-regulation. This is done through oral storytelling, read alouds and mindful awareness games.
Thursdays at 3:30pm, Ages 5+
Join Lucia our sewing master, in the art room every Thursday to learn all about the basics of sewing! These hands on projects are the prefect introduction to sewing for kids 3 and up. Made possible by the Oak Park Area Arts Council.
Saturdays, 10:30am to 4:30pm
You never know what to expect on a S.T.E.A.M. Saturday! Every Saturday at Wonder Works children will be experimenting with S.T.E.A.M. based learning! All activities will be hands on and children will get to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through age appropriate guided activities. This experience runs in North Avenue Art Works.
Saturdays, 10:30am to 11:00am
An amalgamation of literature and art bring children closer than ever to the creative geniuses filling their lives through story and illustration. Every child listens intently, gazing wonderously at new or old literature filled with beautiful illustration, then practice, hands-on, with their own creations of similar style or composition. This event is covered by General Admission.
Sundays, 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Sundays we take inspiration from Early Childhood Australia and prove that even worlds apart, our children connect us all. The activity is a variety of group painting activities set to music, so children can dance, wiggle and giggle their way to a collaborative masterpiece.