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February 2015

Special Events

Jeanie B! in Concert
Sunday, February 22 @ 4pm

A family concert with Jeanie B!, complete details here.

Science at Wonder Works

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. Each month has a theme, with various weekly activities that entertain different aspects of that theme. Each week is also independent, so you can come to all of them or just the ones that interest you most, science at Wonder Works takes place every Friday, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

February’s theme is Let’s Do Geology! Each week will have different geological activities for you to try, plus rocks and minerals to touch and play with.

Friday, February 6: Collect Rocks
Sift rocks from the sandbox and search for more in bins of gravel. You can keep some of your best finds for your collection—glue them to a card and take them home. We will also have rock samples to see close up and touch, plus rocks you can play with using play dough, diggers, dump trucks, and wooden trains.

Friday, February 13: Make Volcanoes

Experiment with three different ways to make pretend volcanoes at home using easily obtained materials. We will also have samples of volcanic rocks that you can touch and add to your collection, plus rocks you can play with using play dough, diggers, dump trucks, and wooden trains.

Friday, February 20: Find and Make Crystals

Sift crystals from the sandbox and search for pieces of broken geodes. You can keep some of your best finds for your collection—glue them to a card and take them home. We will also show you how to make crystals at home, and there will be larger crystal to see close up and touch.

Friday, February 27: Rivers and Currents

Feel the power of moving water! You might get a little wet as you make rivers and currents in the water tables in the Art Room. We will also play with pretend water using toy boats on the train table and plastic water creatures in blue play dough.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in February, 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.

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, styles 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.

Story Time: Mondays at 11am and Fridays at noon
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, February 4 & 18 at 11am
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.