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Special Events

Summer FUNdraiser
Every day until September 2, 2018

Help Wonder Works Support Artistic Growth of ALL Children in North Ave Artworks Kids and adults can paint their very own piggy bank, all for just $6 each or 2 for $10 plus general admission.

Member's Night
Thursday, August 2, 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! This Member's Night will bring facepainting from 6:00pm to 7:00pm!

Open Play for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, August 9, 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.

Sugar Beet School House's Nourishing Nummies
Every thursday in August from 10am to 11am

Join Wonder Works and the Sugar Beet Schoolhouse in offering classes on the exploration of good food! More information here.

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 Fridays from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

Friday, August 3: Fun with Magnets

Children will have fun with magnets, playing magnet games, learning about magnetic fields and doing magnet related craft activities.

Friday, August 10: Bubbles for Fun and Learning

Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles. Two hours of bubble fun for the whole family. Kids will make giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, magic bubbles and so much more.

Friday, August 17: Transportation Works

Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in 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.

Friday, August 24: 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 look inside 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.

Friday, August 31: 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 hauled by our O-scale model railway, pieces of geode, 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 wooden trains haul them all away.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in August, 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.

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.

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.

Sewing Workshops
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.

S.T.E.A.M Works
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.

Story-Time
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.