Calendar of Events
Thursday, May 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 will have special seasonal crafts!
Open Play for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, May 10, 9am to 10am
Wonder Works is opening up early the second Thursday of every month for children with special needs. Wonder Works is welcoming children 0 to 8 years old and their families in to enjoy the museum during a quieter time with enhanced accessibility throughout the museum. Costs is just $5 / person. All attendees are welcome to stay in the museum when it opens at 10am.
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 the second and fourth Fridays of every month, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.
Friday, May 11, 2018: 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.
Friday, May 25, 2018: 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.
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, All Ages
Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change weekly, facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. Learn about North Avenue Art Works.
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.
Mondays 3:30pm to 4:30pm, All Ages
This program is geared at some of the older visitors. Bring your own Box (bring clean recyclables please) engages participants in play that incorporates design, construction, imagination, engineering, experimentation and fun! Tools provided are: tape, scissors and crayons.
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.
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.
Fridays and Saturdays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Ages 3+
You never know what to expect on a S.T.E.A.M. Friday! Each Friday 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.
Saturday at 2:30pm, All Ages
A special Saturday Storytime, ideal for busy parents who can't get out to weekday story times! Lillie our amazing program volunteer reads a selection of stories every week and delights all audiences.