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December 2017

Member's Night
Thursday, December 7, 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 holiday trains!

Open Play for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, December 14, 5pm to 7pm

Wonder Works is opening up late 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. This month the art room will have special holiday crafts.

Special Hours for Winter Break
Wonder Works will be open Special Hours for Winter Break

Wonder Works will be open the following special hours during winter break

Dec 24: Open noon to 3pm
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 26: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 27: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 28: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 29: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 30: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 31: Open noon to 5pm (New Year's Eve Party)
Jan 1: Closed
Jan 2: Open 10am to 5pm


New Year's Eve Party
Sunday, December 31, noon to 5pm

Every Year Wonder Works hosts the largest Family New Year's Eve Party in Oak Park! This year will be bigger and better than ever! Special games, crafts, noisemakers, parades, singing, food and so much more! Admission $3 per person for Wonder Works members, $10 for non-members.

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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 Friday of every month, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

Friday, December 8, 2017: Holiday Trains

At Holiday Trains, you can load tiny presents and holiday symbols on an O-scale electric train and then help decorate the wooden train layout for the holidays. There will be more trains than usual to play with, plus extra train layouts on both the Build It floor and the play dough table. You also can make a train-themed holiday decoration that you can take home.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in December, 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 3:30pm
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.