Calendar of Events
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.
May 5: Animals in Spring
By early May the outdoors is alive with blooming flowers, migrating birds, singing frogs, and bugs that woke up from their winter sleep. Some birds are buildings nests and laying eggs, and animals that live in ponds are active in the warming water. We’ll have live bugs and worms on hand, plus both preserved and pretend insects and real mammal fur and bird feathers. Search for plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles that spent the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit, then make footprints in our pretend mud at the play-dough table. You can also find nests for pretend eggs in the Great Outdoors and orchard exhibits and look at pond water using our video microscope.
May 12: Transportation Works
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.
May 26: 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.
The following events run weekly in May, 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
Liter-artly is Wednesdays 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
Shadow Puppet Story-Times, 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.