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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, July 5, 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, July 12, 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.

Young Architect's Weekend
Friday, July 13 through Sunday July 15

Come build with us! Explore different building materials and techniques in every exhibit. Build a tower as high as a tree! Create a comfy fort to hide and play in! The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination! This program is covered by General Admission.

Sugar Beet School House's Nourishing Nummies
Every thursday in July 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, July 6: Electric Toys and Magnets

Today’s focus will be current electricity. You can play with toys powered by electric currents from batteries and transformers. We also will peek inside some of the toys to figure out how they work. Hint: Their motors will have magnets! There will be magnetic construction materials to build with, plus magnets to explore the art-room sandbox—see what sticks to magnets, and what does not.

Friday, July 20: 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.

Friday, July 27: 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.

Recurring Events


The following events run weekly in July, 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.