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Calendar of Events

August 2017

Special Events

Summer Fundraiser for the new Air Conditioner
All Summer Long

Wonder Works is raising money for the new Air Conditioner by selling you piggy banks! Celebrate summer with an amazing craft you and your family can enjoy forever and support Wonder Works' new air conditioner at the same time. Piggy banks are $5 each, includes paint and comes in a variety of shapes you can choose from. For complete information on the AC situation, please visit our facebook page.

Member's Night
Thursday, August 3, 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 is a sneek peek of Bubble Works!

Bubble Works
Presented by Noodles and Company
Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6

Bubble Works is a bubble extravaganza! This program is Covered by General Admission. This event is made possible by Noodles and Company.

Open Play for Children with Special Needs
Sunday, August 6, 2017, 10am to noon

Wonder Works is opening up early the first Sunday every month (excluding September) to children with special needs. Wonder Works is welcoming children 0 to 8 years old and their families in to enjoy the museum during a quiter time with enhanced accessibility throughout the museum. Costs is just $5 / person. This month Bubble Works will add a wonderful addition to the museum.

Garden Workshop: Herbs and Spices
Saturday, August 12, 10:30am to noon

Stop by Wonder Works and join Master Gardner's from the University Illinois Extension for a discussion about Herbs and Spices! Children will also have also use herbs and spices to make related arts and crafts after this exciting workshop. This workshop is Covered by General Admission.

Eclipse Viewing at Wonder Works
Monday, August 21, 11:54am

Wonder Works is being trained by specialist at Adler Planetarium to help you safely view the most complete solar eclipse to hit Chicago in nearly 100 years. Stop by Wonder Works starting at 10am to make your very own viewing station, and then meet us outside the museum at 11:54am to witness the beginning of a truly magical event. This workshop is Covered by General Admission.

For more information on how to safely view the eclipse, please visit the Adler Planetarium’s Eclipse Page.

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.

August 11: Bugs in Summer

Summer is the best time to see lots and lots of bugs! You can meet some live bugs and worms that have been living in weedy fields, in soil, and under water. You also can see and touch preserved bugs, plus egg cases, nests, and other shelters made by bugs. Expect the Great Outdoors and play dough table to be overrun with pretend bugs.

August 18: Transportation Works

Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps and through tunnels. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in loop-de-loops around a battery-powered raceway. There will 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.

August 25: 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. We will look at skeletons and X-rays 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.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in August, 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
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

Sewing Workshops: Thursdays at 10:30am through August 17
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.

Shadow Puppet Story-Times, Mondays and 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.