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July 2017

Special Events

Summer Fundraiser for the new Air Conditioner
All Summer Long

Wonder Works is raising money for the new Air Conditioner by selling you piggy banks! Celebrate summer with an amazing craft you and your family can enjoy forever and support Wonder Works' new air conditioner at the same time. Piggy banks are $5 each, includes paint and comes in a variety of shapes you can choose from. For complete information on the AC situation, please visit our facebook page.

Member's Night
Thursday, July 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 is a sneek peek of Young Architect's Weekend, which includes special crafts just for our members.

Young Architect's Weekend
Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9

Everyday is an exciting adventure in building and design! This annual event brings forth the inner designer in all of us, as we build our way to greatness. This program is Covered by General Admission

Garden Workshop: Butterflies
Saturday, July 22, 10:30am to noon

Stop by Wonder Works and join Master Gardner's from the University Illinois Extension for a discussion about Butterflies! Children will also have an opportunity to make butterfly related arts and crafts after this exciting workshop. This workshop is Covered by General Admission.

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.

July 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.

July 21: Electric toys and Magnets

Today’s focus will be on current electricity, as we make electric circuits that light bulbs, run a motor, or play music. You can also play with toys powered by batteries and take a turn as engineer with our O-scale electric railroad. We will peek inside some battery-powered toys to figure out how they work. There will be lots of magnetic construction materials to build with, plus magnets to explore in the art-room sandbox—see what sticks to magnets, and what does not.

July 28: 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 transport coal and iron ore on our O-scale model railway and collect 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.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in July, 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 10:30am
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.