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Calendar of Events

April 2018

Special Events

Member's Night
Thursday, April 5, 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 will have special seasonal crafts!

Open Play for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, April 12, 9am to 10am

Wonder Works is opening up early the second Thursday of every month for children with special needs. Wonder Works is welcoming children 0 to 8 years old and their families in to enjoy the museum during a quieter time with enhanced accessibility throughout the museum. Costs is just $5 / person. All attendees are welcome to stay in the museum when it opens at 10am.

Earth Day at Wonder Works
Saturday, April 21, 10am to 5pm

On 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, make tracks like those found near their homes, and play with plush and plastic creatures in the art room and Great Outdoors exhibit.

Space Day at Wonder Works
Saturday, April 28, 10am to 5pm

Wonder Works is celebrating Space Day! on Saturday, April 28. Space Day! participants will have a chance to launch stomp rockets, make craters, explore magnetic fields, watch water flow down miniature mountains, make space-related crafts, and much more. Space Day! is part of the nationwide Explore Science: Earth & Space program, which is designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science.

This year the Explore Science: Earth & Space project will power events at more than 250 museums and educational institutions across the country. The Science Museum of Minnesota leads the project, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), using toolkits developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net).

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 the second and fourth Fridays of every month, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

Friday, April 13, 2018: 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 where you can take your turn as engineer. 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.

Friday, April 27, 2018: Seashells and Sharks

To find out what lives in the salty sea, you can sift shells from sand and touch colorful shells from around the world. Then stare into the tooth-filled jaws of preserved sharks and collect fossil teeth from sharks that lived long ago. There will be lots of plastic and plush sea life in the Great Outdoors, plus smaller plastic sea life at the play dough table.

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, All Ages

Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change weekly, facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. Learn about North Avenue Art Works.

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.

byoBox
Mondays 3:30pm to 4:30pm, All Ages

This program is geared at some of the older visitors. Bring your own Box (bring clean recyclables please) engages participants in play that incorporates design, construction, imagination, engineering, experimentation and fun! Tools provided are: tape, scissors and crayons.

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.

Sewing Workshops
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.

S.T.E.A.M Works
Fridays and Saturdays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Ages 3+

You never know what to expect on a S.T.E.A.M. Friday! Each Friday 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.

Story-Time
Saturday at 2:30pm, All Ages

A special Saturday Storytime, ideal for busy parents who can't get out to weekday story times! Lillie our amazing program volunteer reads a selection of stories every week and delights all audiences.