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Calendar of Events

March 2018

Special Events

Member's Night
Thursday, March 1, 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, March 8, 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.

The Boogers! in Concert
Sunday, March 18, 4pm

The Boogers return to the Wonder Works stage, click here for complete details.

Super Hero Week!
Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30

Get your costumes ready and head on over for the most adventurous week to ever exist. Kids and their adults will have the opportunity to play their favorite super hero (or villain) while training their super powers at the ALL INCLUSIVE SUPER HERO TRAINING CAMP! Little super heroes in training will train their agility, jumping and balance skills, even their X-Ray vision, all under the supervision of their SUPER ADULTS! Included with General Admission.

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, March 9, 2018: Electric Toys and Magnets

Play with static electricity 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.

Friday, March 23, 2018: 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 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, 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.

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 Friday
Fridays, 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 will be doing a variety of S.T.E.A.M. based activities! Most activities will be hands on and children will get to discover knowledge right in front of them.