Imagination, Einstein once said, is more important than knowledge.
Wonder Works is 6,400 square feet of fun, a place of creative play for kids birth to age eight. Located in Oak Park, Illinois at 6445 West North Avenue, the children's museum helps kids, their parents and caregivers unleash their imaginations through art, performance, design, building and more.
With five "experience zones" plus an outdoor organic garden, Wonder Works gives kids plenty to explore. In North Avenue Art Works, kids can draw, paint and make crafts. In Farm to Market, children "harvest" fruits and vegetables, transport them and set up a shop to sell or barter. And in Lights, Camera, Action!, kids can dress up and perform a song, dance or play. (We also have a puppet theater built by Oak Design and Construction.) Given that researchers believe 80 percent of a child's brain development takes place by age five, Wonder Works is a particularly important component of early childhood learning.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, Wonder Works is a place of wonder, where kids learn through creative play. Guests can visit for $6 per person; memberships are available. We feature a party room and offer a variety of party packages during regular hours and after hours. And we host field trips and offer classes year 'round along with special events such as our concert series (underwritten by Bob and Mary Oakleaf), African American History Month and our popular Dino Works.
Wonder Works is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and generates about 50 percent of its annual operating budget from donations. When the museum was opened at its current location in 2003, architect Nevin Hedlund and the board designed the space with the environment in mind. To learn more about Wonder Works' environmental commitment, click here.