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Calendar of Events

January 2018



Special Hours for Winter Break
Wonder Works will be open Special Hours for Winter Break

Wonder Works will be open the following special hours during winter break

Dec 24: Open noon to 3pm
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 26: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 27: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 28: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 29: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 30: Open 10am to 5pm
Dec 31: Open noon to 5pm (New Year's Eve Party)
Jan 1: Closed
Jan 2: Open 10am to 5pm


Member's Night
Thursday, January 4, 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!

Open Play for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, January 11, 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.

Jim Gill in Concert
Sunday, January 14, 4pm

Jim Gill returns to the Wonder Works stage, click here for complete details.

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 the second and fourth Fridays of every month, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.

Friday, January 12, 2018: Transportation Works

Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in to 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, January 26, 2018: Seashells and Sharks

To find out what lives in the salty sea, you can sift shells from sand and touch colorful shells from around the world. Then stare into the tooth-filled jaws of preserved sharks and collect fossil teeth from sharks that lived long ago. There will be lots of plastic and plush sea life in the Great Outdoors, plus smaller plastic sea life at the play dough table.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in January, 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, All Ages

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.

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.

byoBox
Mondays 3:30pm to 4:30pm, All Ages

This program is geared at some of the older visitors. Bring your own Box (bring clean recyclables please) engages participants in play that incorporates design, construction, imagination, engineering, experimentation and fun! Tools provided are: tape, scissors and crayons.

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.

Liter-artly
Wednesday at 3:30pm, All Ages

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

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.

NEW Freaky Fridays
Fridays, 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Ages 3+, starts January 12.

You never know what to expect on a Freaky Friday! Each Friday Wonder Works will be doing Science experiments in a designated part of the museum! Most experiments will be hands on and children will get to discover knowledge right in front of them.