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December 2018

Member's Night
Thursday, December 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. Each month we have a special event, this month there will be a preview of Transportation Works along with light snacks!

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 10am 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 noon 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
Monday, 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 $2 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 Fridays from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

December 7: Transportation Works
Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down the extra-long Blu Track. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in to loop-de-loops around a battery-powered raceway. We will also have 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 sandbox.

December 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.

December 21: 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, excluding Christmas Week, 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.

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.

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.