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Audacious authors, come join the fun! Writing games, story prompts, embellishments and storyboard collage materials. You’ll build a character, flesh out a juicy setting, and dramatize a conflict for your own story. At Taleblazers’ gentle and encouraging studio, take creative risks and get wild on the Page. Writing materials included. Feel...
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Summer is the best time to see lots and lots of bugs! You can meet some live bugs and worms that have been living in weedy fields, soil, and under water. You also can see and touch preserved bugs, plus egg cases, cocoons, and other shelters made by bugs. Expect the Great Outdoors and play dough table to be overrun with pretend bugs.
You never know what to expect on a Freaky Friday! Each Friday Wonder Works will be doing Science experiments in a designated part of the museum! Most experiments will be hands on and children will get to discover knowledge right in front of them.
Create your own cool potions recipes. Mischievous or marvelous? It’s up to you. Note: Writing materials included but feel free to bring your own notebook.
Write your own fantasy spells. Perform them if you like. Beware, magic is in the air. Note: Writing materials included but feel free to bring your own notebook.
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Build a short story from the inside out: staring with the characters. Protagonist, villain, conflict, plot. Ages 8-13. Ninety minutes. Five weeks. Sunday mornings, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Writing materials, play-sheets, and embellishments included. Notebooks & writing devices from home welcome.
Find out how spring begins for wild animals. Early birds are flying north in March, some early frogs may sing, and the first spring butterflies may fly if it’s warm enough. We’ll meet some animals that wake up as the soil warms, including baby worms and pill bugs. We’ll also have live tadpoles and frogs and worms on hand, plus both living and...
Touch real mammal skins and see how their teeth help them eat the foods available in winter. You can help pretend mammals find places that protect them from winter winds and snow.
Touch real bird feathers and bones and see what kinds of foods birds eat when they spend the winter near Chicago. Then look for plush birds in the Wonder Works orchard and Great Outdoors exhibit.
How do wild animals survive winter’s cold? Meet live bugs and frogs that usually spend the winter buried 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 and make...
Meet some live bugs and worms that are preparing to spend winter buried deep in the soil, in rotten logs, or under water—or maybe even in your basement. You also can see and touch preserved bugs, plus egg cases, cocoons, and other shelters made by this summer's bugs.
Meet some live bugs and worms that have woken up from a long winter spent deep in the soil, in rotten logs, or under water. You also can see and touch preserved bugs, plus egg cases, cocoons, and other shelters made by last summer's bugs.
If the weather is nice, we will be watching for live birds out in front of the museum. In doors you can help plush birds make nests and lay their eggs in the Wonder Works orchard and Great Outdoors exhibit. You can also touch real bird feathers and bones and see what kinds of foods birds feed their babies.
Stop by Wonder Works and join Master Gardner's from the University Illinois Extension for a discussion about the anatomy of plants and produce! Children will also have the chance to make related arts and crafts after this exciting workshop. This workshop is Covered by General Admission.
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