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Legendary Ella Jenkins to Perform at Wonder Works February 18

Award-winning children's entertainer to perform at Wonder Works February 18 at 4pm

Oak Park, Illinois - February 1, 2007 - Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, will host a fun-filled concert for children of all ages featuring "The First Lady of Children's Music," Ella Jenkins, and her sing-back songs on February 18 at 4pm. A Chicago native, the Grammy award-winning Jenkins has been educating through song for over a half century.

Children and parents alike have enjoyed singing with Jenkins and seeing her perform her own style of call-and-response music on shows like NBC's "Today Show," CNN's "Showbiz Today," "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." This Chicago native encourages learning through play to teach kids about cultural diversity and creativity. She has released more than 30 albums since her first in 1953, including "You Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song," which is the best selling title in the history of Smithsonian Folkways Records. "Ella Jenkins is a great influence on today's children," says Wonder Works Executive Director Elizabeth Smith. "She's truly an icon in the world of children's music and education and you don't want to miss this chance to see her."

For her excellent work in promoting music education and cultural diversity, Jenkins has been recognized by the Ravinia Festival; she also received a KOHL Education Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cook County Children's Hospital's Meritorious Service Award. The Recording Academy honored her with a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004.

Jenkins will perform at 4pm on February 18, and the museum will have special hours that day. Wonder Works will close at 3:30pm for non-ticket holders and will remain open to concert-goers until 6pm. Tickets are $6 for members and Association of Children's Museums members, $10 for non-members and free for children under age one. Tickets are on sale now at Wonder Works.

Wonder Works is also welcoming back Oak Park native Jim Gill for a live concert on March 11 at 4pm. Gill is by training a child development specialist with a Master's Degree from the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development. During the week he leads weekly programs in music and supported play for families with young children with special needs. Most of the games included on Jim's recordings are a product of this work, which he has been involved in since 1984. Sing, Dance and sneeze along with Jim, a favorite performer at Wonder Works, in a concert that's fun for children of all ages. Tickets are $5 for members and Association of Children's Museums members, $8 for non-members and free for children under age one.

For more information on Ella Jenkins, Jim Gill or any Wonder Works event, call 708.383.4815 or visit

About Wonder Works
Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children up to age 10. The 6,400 square foot museum, located at 6445 West North Avenue in Oak Park, includes exhibits, educational programming, a retail store and a children's party room. The museum is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5 per person and free for members and children under age one. For more information about field trips, birthday parties and after-hours parties call 708.383.4815 or visit

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