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Calendar of Events

December 2019

Special Events

Stories with Santa
Saturday, December 7, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Make some holiday memories with family games, crafts, holiday fun, and a special visit from the man in the red suit. Write and mail your letter to Santa in our holiday post-office and end the night with bedtime stories with Santa! Costs is $25/person for members or $30 for non-members. This event is sponsored by Oriental Trading.

Sip and Shop (local)
Sunday, December 8, 4pm to 8pm

Join us on Sunday, December 8 for a Holiday Signature Party! This exclusive shopping event where you Sip and Shop around some local retailers in Oak Park. Complete details and sign-up on facebook.

Eat Dinner, Support Play
Thursday, December 12, 4pm to 8pm

Stop by Panera in River Forest to eat dinner and support Wonder Works Children's Museum. Please show them or bring in this flyer and Panera will donate 20% of the proceeds.

NYE Countdown Celebration
Tuesday, December 31, noon to 4pm

Countdown to 2020 with Wonder Works Children’s Museum! Join us for games, crafts, refreshments and (several!) countdowns to ring in the New Year.

Admission is $5 for Wonder Works' Members or $13 for non-members. Wonder Works' NYE Countdown Celebration is sponsored by Courageous Bakery Cafe, Oriental Trading, and Code Ninjas.

Holiday Schedule
Wonder Works will be open for the following schedule for Winter Break.

Dec 21

Dec 22

Dec 23

Dec 24

Dec 25

Dec 26

Dec 27

Dec 28

Dec 29

Dec 30

Dec 31

Jan 1

Jan 2

  • Open 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Open noon to 5pm

  • Open 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Open 10 AM to 3 PM


  • Open 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Open 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Open 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Open noon to 5 PM

  • Open 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Open noon to 4 PM*


  • Resume Normal Hours

*Special admission applies for New Year's Eve, and is NOT covered by general admission, including CLIMB or ACM discounts.

Nature and Science at Wonder Works

Nature and Science at Wonder Works is a hands-on science program for young children (ages 1 to 8), created and implemented by Wonder Works’ resident scientist and early learning specialist, Eric Gyllenhaal. Nature and Science at Wonder Works takes place Fridays from 10 am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

In addition to each week’s special Nature and Science program, the Nature Collector’s Swap Shop will be open for trading every Friday 10 AM to 4:30 PM. If you bring something natural from home to trade, you can trade for Swap Shop shells, polished rocks, crystals, fossils, and more. You can also earn trading points at the museum.

(Special Hours 10 AM to 4:30 PM) December 13: Collecting Nature (Holiday Edition)
At this special holiday edition of Collecting Nature, we will use objects from nature to make decorations for the holidays. You can also sift through the sandbox to find rocks and shells you can either keep or trade at the Nature Collector’s Swap Shop. You can collect and trade for yourself and get shells, rocks, and fossils to give as presents to your family and friends. We will have gift boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbons for the treasures you plan to give as presents.

(Special Hours 10 AM to 4:30 PM) December 20: 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 to take home.

Recurring Events

The following events run weekly in December (excluding Winter Break, see above for Winter Break Schedule) 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 at 11:00am 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.

Art Games
Mondays 10:30am to 4:30pm, All Ages

Art has never been so much fun. Children create art through playing games, or is it play games while creating art? You decide. Learn about North Avenue Art Works.

Paint Covered Wednesdays
Wednesdays 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.

Textiles and Fabrics
Thursdays at 10:30am to 4:30pm, All Ages

Children explore the world of textiles and fabrics with new, engaging activities every week.

Sewing Workshop
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.

Nature and Science and Art
Fridays 10:30am to 4:30pm

Extending the Friday Morning Nature and Science activities all day, with a pinch more art. Kids will explore the world of animals, technology, their own bodies and more in this hands on expirental day of learning and play.

S.T.E.A.M Works
Saturdays, 10:30am to 4:30pm, All Ages

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, Ages 4+

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, All Ages

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.