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Wonder Works Hosts Interactive Concert Series Performances

Thaddeus Rex, Jim Gill and The Boogers among family-oriented performers

Oak Park, Illinois - October 19, 2010 - Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, will continue its Sunday Concert Series with live performances by a six-foot dinosaur, The Boogers, musical plays and singer-songwriters.

This year's concert series is underwritten by Robert Oakleaf, board member and CEO of Attest Health, and his wife Mary Oakleaf. "Wonder Works is about fostering creative play and imagination," says John Harris, board president. "Engaging in musical activities is one way for children to grow educationally and creatively. Hosting the concert series on Sundays allows for families to interact with the performers in an intimate environment."

2010 Concert Series performances include:

  • Thaddeus Rex, Sunday, November 14 - Award-winning songwriter Thaddeus Rex returns to Wonder Works to give a performance the Washington Post describes as part Monty Python, part Dr. Seuss. His concerts are radically engaging, mixing captivating music with hilarious interaction and a six-foot dinosaur friend. A PBS veteran by way of the Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids show, "The Friday Zone," Thaddeus Rex has won multiple awards including the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Publisher Weekly's Listen Up Award and a Parents' Choice Award. Ticket prices are $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
  • Carol Johnson, Sunday, December 12 - For more than twenty years, Johnson has delighted, uplifted and sensitized audiences of all ages with her wit, her warmth, her compelling insights and her wonderfully crafted compositions. Accompanying herself on guitar, piano and banjo, and with a hearty dose of audience participation, Johnson has warmed hearts and lifted spirits of countless thousands through her delightful recordings and personable presentations. Ticket prices are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
  • Jim Gill, Sunday, January 16 - A past performer at Wonder Works, Gill has produced five recordings of music play activities that have received awards from both the American Library Association and the Parents' Choice Foundation. The acclaimed author and musician also recently performed with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra in a one-hour presentation of "Symphonic Music Play." A trained child development specialist, Gill has been educating, entertaining and delighting children for more than 20 years. Ticket prices are $6 for members and $9 for non-members.
  • Ella Jenkins, Sunday, February 20 - "The First Lady of the Children's Folk Song," Ella Jenkins, will lead a sing-along at the museum. The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 2004 Grammy's, Jenkins has gained knowledge and inspiration by performing and working with children on seven continents for four decades. Ticket prices are $10 for members and $14 for non-members.
  • The Boogers, Sunday, March 20 - Musician Paul Crowe (aka Crusty Booger) returns with The Boogers as they blend entertainment with education featuring call and response, rhyme, and dance, while performing new lyrics and songs. Known for their offbeat approach to music, The Boogers provide enjoyment for children and families of all ages. Ticket prices are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

All concerts will begin at 4 p.m., and the museum will have special hours on concert days. Wonder Works will close at 3:30 p.m. for non-ticket holders but will remain open to concertgoers. Concert series ticket prices are $28 for members and $42 for non-members.

To learn more about the Sunday Concert Series, visit www.wonder-works.org.

About Wonder Works
Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment, which promotes creativity, exploration and learning through play, 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 5 pm 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.