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Calendar of Events

January 2019

Special Events



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 10am to 5pm
Dec 31: Open noon to 5pm (New Year's Eve Party)
Jan 1: Closed
Jan 2: Open 10am to 5pm


Member's Night
Thursday, January 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 we will have a sneak peek of the Nature and Science Program "Collecting Nature for Play and Learning".

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.

January 4: Collecting Nature for Play and Learning
Young children and their adults can learn about the natural world when they collect rocks, fossils, shells, bones, seeds, cones, or other objects produced by nature. At our Collecting Nature program, you can view, touch, sort, classify, learn about, and play with our nature collections from around the world. You can also jump-start your own nature collection: Sift through the sandbox to find rocks and shells you can either keep or trade at the Nature Collector’s Swap Shop. At the Swap Shop you can also trade in natural objects you bring from home.

January 11: Transportation Works
Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. 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. 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 18: Animals in Winter
How do wild animals survive winter’s cold? Meet live creatures that usually spend the winter in sheltered places, like deep in the soil, in rotten logs, or under water. Then help plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles find safe places to spend the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit. You can also touch real mammal furs and bird feathers, examine skulls and bones, and make bird and mammal tracks at the play-dough table.

January 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. You can look at X-rays of skeletons 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.

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
Saturdays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Ages 3+

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.