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Calendar of Events

January 2017

Special Events

Saturday, January 7, 10:30am to noon

Join Wonder Works in welcoming Master Gardner, Suzette Gacek from the University of Illinois extension Master Gardener's Program. Suzette will lead an amazing workshop allowing you and your child to explore worms and the amazing work they do for us and our gardens. Children will be constructing a worm-powered compost bin we will keep here in the museum for all to see and learn from.

This is a drop-in program, no reservation is required. Stay as long or as little as you like.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Rotary Club of Oak Park River Forest. This event is covered by general admission.

Jim Gill in Concert
Sunday, January 22, 4pm

Jim Gill, a family favorite, is live in concert at Wonder Works! Tickets are $8 for members and $11 for non-members. Complete details here.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wonderivia is an adult only night of trivia, click here to find out more.

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.

January 6: Seashells and Sharks

To find out what lives in the salty sea, you can sift shells from sand, make a shell collection, and touch and sort colorful shells from around the world. Then stare into the tooth-filled jaws of preserved bull and sand 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.

January 13: 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 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.

January 20: rocks for Play and Learning

We will have lots of rocks at Wonder Works today, including big rocks to touch, smaller rocks to sort, and tiny rocks to sift from the art-room sandbox. You also can collect coal and iron ore hauled by our O-scale model railway and rocks of many different colors. The play-dough table will be set up as a quarry, where diggers and dump trucks excavate rocks and crystals and wooden trains haul them all away.

January 27: 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 also look at X-rays of skeletons, break open pods and cut into fruits to find the seeds inside, 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 January, 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.

Story Time: Wednesday at 3:30pm and Fridays at 11:30am
Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can.

byoBOX: Thursdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm
You bring your boxes and cardboard recyclables (clean please!) and we will provide the tools: tape, scissors and crayons. This program will help children develop strength in fine motor skills, spatial relations, problem solving, persistence and much more!

Come and find out why BYOBox is way more fun than any old screen!