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Calendar of Events

December 2016

Peg and Cat Visit Wonder Works
Wednesday, December 14, 11am to 1:30pm


Peg and Cat will be out at Wonder Works, greeting all the children who visit. This is a great opportunity to meet some fasinating characters and do some amazing artwork. Made possible by WYCC.

Special Hours for Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016


Wonder Works is open 10am to 3pm on Christmas Eve, and will re-open on Monday, December 26 at 10am.

Closed for Christmas
Sunday, December 25, 2016


Wonder Works is closed for Christmas, but will re-open on Monday, December 26 at 10am.

New Year's Eve Party
Saturday, December 31, noon to 5pm


Wonder Works is ringing in the New Year with the largest kid’s party in Oak Park. Families will party all day with great kid’s games, entertaining crafts, a family parade, singing, food and general merriment. All of this for just $2 a person plus general admission to the museum.

Special 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 10 am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

December 2: Animals in Winter

How do wild animals survive winter’s cold? Meet live bugs that usually spend the winter buried deep in the soil, in rotten logs, or under water. Then help plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles find safe places to spend the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit. You can also touch real mammal furs and bird feathers and make bird and mammal tracks on the play-dough table.

December 9: Electric Toys and Magnets

Today’s focus will be on current electricity, as we make electric circuits that light bulbs, run a motor, or play music. You can also play with toys powered by batteries and take a turn as engineer with our O-scale electric railroad. We will peek inside some of the battery-powered toys to figure out how they work. Hint: Their motors will have magnets! There will be lots of magnetic construction materials to build with, plus magnets to explore the art-room sandbox—see what sticks to magnets, and what does not.

December 16: Holiday Trains

At Holiday Trains you can load tiny presents and holiday symbols on an O-scale electric train and then help decorate the wooden train layout for the holidays. There will be more trains than usual to play with, plus extra train layouts on both the Build It floor and the play dough table. You also can make a train-themed holiday decoration that you can take home.

Recurring Events

The following events run weekly, 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.

Story Time: Wednesdays at 3:30pm
Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can.

Music, Movement and Mindfulness with Ms. Carol: Wed, December 7 and 21 at 12:15pm
Experience the majesty of music and movement intertwined with mindfulness with this hands-on multi-disciplinary experience guided by Ms. Carol Swann. Children develop and improve their music ability, motor coordination and social skills through music, creative play and storytelling. Click here to find out more about Ms Carol.

Special Events