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Calendar of Events

February 2017

Special Events

Jeanie B! in Concert
Sunday, February 26, 4pm

Jeanie B offers sophisticated music for sophisticated listeners. Offering music that is less silly but just as fun, Jeanie B! is an award winning crowd pleaser. Complete details 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 every Friday, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

February 3: Animals with Bones

Find out which animals have bones inside and what their bones look and feel like. See skeletons of snake, turtle, bird, and rabbit, and touch bones and skulls from several kinds of mammals. Play with pretend bones in the Great Outdoors exhibit and excavate pretend skeletons from play dough. Touch real fur and feathers from animals with bones and play with plastic and plush versions of animals with bones.

February 10: Air-powered Toys

Moving air can power airplanes, helicopters, boats, and many other kinds of vehicles. At this week’s program you can launch a paper helicopter, drop a parachute, release a balloon-powered vehicle, help the wind-blow sailboats across the water, and fly aircraft powered by your imagination. You can also make your own burst of wind using an empty plastic jug or our more powerful air cannon.

February 17: 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.

February 24: Electric Toys and Magnets

Play with static electricity made with balloons and hair and discover tricks you can play with it. You can also play with toys powered by current electricity from batteries and transformers. We will peek inside some of the toys to figure out how they work. Hint: Their motors will have magnets! We also will 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.

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. 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.

Liter-artly: Wednesday at 3:30pm
Liter-artly is Wednesdays at 3:30pm Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and exciting adventures. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. Join us in North Avenue Artworks following story time for a unique opportunity to explore the artistic styling of an illustrator related to each day's stories

Shadow Puppet Story-Times, Fridays at 11:30am
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.