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NameNature and Science at Wonder Works in January, 2020
Address6445 West North Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
TypeActivity
CategoryRecreation
Description(Special Hours 10am to 4:30pm) Friday, January 3: Transportation Works
Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in to loop-de-loops around a battery powered raceway. Take your turn as engineer for an O-scale model railway, and then assemble trains to run through our GeoTrax village. The play dough table will be set up as a construction site, with diggers, dump trucks, and plastic construction workers. You'll find more construction vehicles in our pebble filled pool and in the art room sandbox.

Friday, January 10: Collecting Nature, 10am to Noon
Young children and their adults can learn about the natural world when they collect rocks, fossils, shells, bones, seeds, cones, or other objects produced by nature. At our Collecting Nature program, you can view, touch, sort, classify, learn about, and play with our nature collections from around the world. You can also jump start your own nature collection: Sift through the sandbox to find rocks and shells you can either keep or trade at the Nature Collector's Swap Shop. At the Swap Shop you can also trade in natural objects you bring form home.

Friday, January 17: Animals in Winter, 10am to Noon
How do wild animals survive winter's cold? Meet live creatures that usually spend the winter in sheltered places, like deep in the soil, in rotten logs or under water. Then help plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles find safe places to spend the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit. You can also touch real mammal furs and bird feathers, examine skulls and bones, and make bird and mammal tracks at the play dough table.

Friday, January 24: What's Inside? 10am to Noon
Today we will use our senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what's inside a variety of natural and human made objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening. You can look at X-rays of skeletons and try to put pretend organs back inside a plastic body. Then hatch plastic and play dough eggs to discover insects, dinosaurs, and more. There also will be magic tricks you can figure out once you look below the surface.

Friday, January 31: Seashells and Sharks, 10am to Noon
Let's find out what lives in the salty sea! You can sift shells from sand and touch colorful shells from around the world. Then stare into the tooth filled jaws pf preserved shark and collect fossil teeth form sharks that lived long ago. There will be lots of plastic and plush sharks and other sea life in the Great Outdoors, plus smaller plastic sea life at the play dough table. The Nature Collector's Swap Shop will be open, too, so bring something natural from home to trade for seashells, sea stars, corals, fossil shark teeth, sting ray spines, and more!

Phone 1(708) 383-4815
Emaildrebollo@wonder-works.org
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance3 Hours
CostIncluded with General Admission of $9 Per Person
HoursMonday -Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday Noon to 5pm, Tuesdays closed to the Public
Websitewww.wonder-works.org
Last Updated12/12/2019
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