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Wonder Works, A Children's Museum in Oak Park, Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Stories, crafts, food and song comprise month of family activities

Oak Park, Illinois - September 23, 2005 - Wonder Works, A Children's Museum in Oak Park, will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning a month-long exploration of the culture and crafts of Central and South America.

During September and October, the museum will present weekly art projects and story times celebrating Hispanic themes. Following is a partial schedule of events:

Thursdays from September 15 to October 13, 11am and 4pm Guided Craft for Hispanic Heritage Month everyone is welcome to join in to explore the culture and crafts of Central and South America.

Fridays September 16 to October 14, 11am and 4pm (September 30 at noon and 4pm) Spanish/English Story Time, join Wonder Works for the telling of many great adventures to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Following are some of the additional special events:

Saturday, Oct. 8, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Arepas and Alfajores Cooking Class: Chef Fredy Hernandez will teach children how to make Columbian Cheese Arepas (cakes) topped with a chicken salad and Argentinean Alfajores (butter cookies with a caramel filling rolled in coconut).

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:00 to 3:00 pm Yalila Herrera dance class.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 3:00 to 5:00 pm Fiesta de Wonder Works with an interactive performance by Nelson Sosa and food by Chef Fredy.

Wonder Works Open will also be open October 10 for Columbus Day.

Space is limited for the cooking and dance classes and reservations are required. Call Wonder Works at 708.383.4815 to make a reservation or sign up at the museum. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

The cooking and dance classes are $3 per person. All other special events are included in the price of admission, which is $5 per person. Children under one and members are free.

For more information, visit www.wonder-works.org or contact Shira Belenke at Wonder Works at 708.383.4815.