Calendar of Events
Every day until July 1, 2018
Help Wonder Works Grow with a Spring FUNdraiser! Kids and adults can paint their very own flower pot, then paint it with their choice of flower, all for just $4 - $8 each + general admission.
Thursday, June 7, 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, June 14, 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.
Sugar Beet School House's Nourishing Nummies
Starting Thursday, June 14, 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 the second and fourth Fridays of every month, from 10am until noon and is covered by General Admission.
Friday, June 8: Seashells and Sharks - Special World Ocean Day Edition
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. We will also have a special activity and information related to World Ocean Day and March for the Oceans.
Friday, June 22: Transporation Works
Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in 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.
The following events run weekly in June, 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 engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change weekly, facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.