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Wonder Works Debuts Farm to Market Experience

Kids Can Learn About Farming, Commerce and Nutrition Through Creative Play at Children's Museum in Oak Park

Oak Park, Illinois - April 30, 2005 - Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, today debuted its long-awaited Farm to Market experience.

In Farm to Market, kids learn through creative exploration. They can pick apples and buy, sell and barter fruits and vegetables the farm stand. They can pretend to make apple sauce or apple juice, and send apples on a conveyor belt to be processed. In addition to being a great teaching environment, Farm to Market will be an experience kids will "pick" time and again.

The exhibit was funded in part by the State of Illinois, Radio Flyer, the Irving B. Harris Foundation and many people who supported the museum's gala and golf outing last year. In all, nearly $90,000 was raised to develop the exhibit at the non-profit museum.

The grand opening was attended by more than 100 adults and children on April 29, including state senator Don Harmon, new Oak Park village board president David Pope, Oak Park village clerk Sandra Sokol and Oak Park Visitors bureau chief Rich Carollo.

Wonder Works already has plans to expand and improve the exhibit, including the addition of the Energy House, a 21st century farm house that will teach kids and adults about energy efficiency and alternative forms of energy while allowing them to play in a kitchen. The museum also plans to add a "corn field", a second farm stand and a programming cart to enrich the experience.

Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Ok Park, is 6,400 square feet of fun and exploration. The museum, which encourages learning through creative play, is located at 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park.