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Jim Gill Kicks Off Sunday Concert Series at Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park on Sunday, November 16

Mattel Inc. on behalf of Eugene P. Beard and the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation sponsors concert series kicking off with a performance by Jim Gill on Sunday, November 16

Oak Park, Illinois - November 10, 2008 - Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, kicks off its Sunday Concert Series with a live performance by Jim Gill on Sunday, November 16 at 4 pm. The museum will close at 3:30 pm on this day to non-ticket holders and remain open for concertgoers.

This year's concert series will be underwritten by Mattel Inc. on behalf of Eugene P. Beard and the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation. "This grant is a tremendous boost to Wonder Works in so many ways and will not only enhance the concert series but will give kids and their families greater opportunities to learn to use their creativity," says board president John Harris.

Kicking of the concert series, Jim Gill is a child development specialist by training with a Master's Degree from the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development. During the week he leads 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. Jim's latest recording Moving Rhymes for Modern Times was recently honored by the American Library Association as a 2007 Notable Children's Recording.

Tickets are $6 for members, $9 for non-members and free for children under age one.

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 www.wonder-works.org.