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Dementors and Dinosaurs descend on Wonder Works July 20 and 21

Sleepover celebration of last Harry Potter book precedes annual Dino Works event

Oak Park, Illinois - June 27, 2007 - A night of banshees and broomsticks will feed into a day of dinosaur digs and design at Wonder Works, a Children's Museum on 6445 North Avenue in Oak Park. At the under the Whomping Willow sleepover party, starting at 7pm on Friday, July 20th, children and their parents will gather together to celebrate the Midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows with Potter-themed snacks, art projects, and activities. The event has been coordinated with other Potter activities to be held throughout Oak Park on July 20th.

Children will design their own wands and Sorting Hats during the evening's art projects. A pizza dinner will be served at 8 PM for those who want to purchase their food at the Museum, while others are welcome to bring their own meals. A scavenger hunt for such memorable members of the Potter world as the Nimbus 2000 and Sirius Black will help set the stage for the arrival of the books, which will be delivered at Midnight to participants who have pre-ordered them through The Magic Tree Bookstore.

The books will arrive around Midnight, and lights will be on in the party and art rooms for all-night readers. Participants need to pre-register and pay $30 a child and $10 an adult, with one adult required for every two children. Those interested in attending should call 708.383.4815 or stop by the museum.

The following day from 10 am to 5 pm children will experience the world of the dinosaurs at Wonder Work's annual Dino Works event. At 11 AM, Jim Nesci, who stole the show last year with his lively, engaging performance, will introduce the children to the descendants of beasts that lived alongside the dinosaurs including: Lucky the Alligator, Al the Tortoise, a Monitor Lizard, a Reticulated Python and a few more reptilian guests.

At 1 pm, Betsy Carlson, an instructor from the Burpee Natural History Museum in Rockford, will host "Tyrannosaur Ballistic", during which Children will examine teeth from carnivores like Tyrannosaurus Rex and design their own T-Rex tooth cast and Triceratops frill. At 2:15 PM, Carlson will present "Monsters of the Midwest" and participants will observe fossils from creatures who once lived in the area around the children's homes. Both programs are opened to everyone, but the art workshops after the presentations are limited to the first twenty people to arrive.

Activities will run throughout the day, July 21. Admission is $4 for members, $8 for non-members and free for children under two. For more information call 708.383.4815.

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