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May 2017

Special Events

Spring Fundraiser for the Kid's Garden
All Month Long

Every year visitors to Wonder Works donate to make the Kid's Garden possible, and in return have the opportunity to paint and plant their very own custom planter. This year, donors will also be supporting a monthly series of garden themed workshops, running each month starting in April. These free workshops (with paid admission to the museum) offer an in-depth child guided study of various aspects of gardening and always include a special craft project. Any excess funds raised will be used to purchase new toys for the museum. Follow these links for more information on the Kid’s Garden or the Spring Fundraiser.

Member's Night
Thursday, May 4, 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. We will be hosting special events, such as story times and have a special craft just for our members.

No Drama Discipline Book Discussion Workshops
Starts, Monday, May 8 at 5pm for six weeks (excluding Memorial Day)

Wonder Works is partnering with A House in Austin for a Six-Week Book Study of No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture your Child's Developing Mind.

This is a free workshop series (including free babysitting) held at Wonder Works ($20 donation suggested).

Pre-registration is required, for more information please visit us on facebook.

Garden Workshop: Pots for Mom
Saturday, May 13, 10am to noon

Join Wonder Works in a Mom themed Garden Workshop, Pots for Mom! Kids will get to decorate and plant a small planter just for Mom. The first 12 visitors to check in will receive a very special Wonder Works Flower Pot to take home. Covered by General Admission.

Fundraiser at Q-BBQ Oak Park
Thursday, May 18, All Day

Stop by Q-BBQ in Oak Park on Thursday May 18, between 11am and 9pm with this flyer and Wonder Works will receive a donation of 20% of your total bill.

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

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.

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.

Recurring Events


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, Mondays 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.