I think it takes 3.5 days, more or less, into summer break for a parent to realize the importance of scheduled summer activities for their children. This semi-scientific equation will undeniably hit you and leave you to wonder what activities are left for grabs. It is at this point that you may come to find that many summer classes and camps have been filled to the brim since spring break.
Don’t add your child to a wait list, there are still great options out there. I recently took my kids to Wonder Works Children’s Museum and was blown away by the variety of activities. From growing gardens to sewing workshops and building airplanes, every kid has the ability to express their creativity.
Here are the five summer classes we are most looking forward:
Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday WW explores a new author and takes children on an adventure into a new world. Children learn about the author, listen to their story and use their imagination to create their own work of art after reading.
Air currents can power airplanes, helicopters and boats. In this class you can launch a paper helicopter, drop a parachute, release a balloon-powered vehicle, help the wind-blow sailboats across the water and fly aircraft powered by your imagination. You can also make your own burst of wind using an empty plastic jug or their secret, more powerful air cannon.
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Every Thursday a master sewer teaches kids all the basics of sewing. These hands-on projects are fun and engaging, and are best for kids 3 and up.
Beginner’s Art Studio
Mon., Wed.-Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sun. 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Children and adults can explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. This art experience is second to none in Oak Park.
Paint Covered Wednesdays
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This class provides children a unique and creative art experience. They will use a large variety of paints, different methods and canvases as they learn to tell artistic stories. Painting helps children to problem solve, improves fine motor skills, boosts self-esteem and gives a positive outlet for expression.
If you try a class at Wonder Works, please tag us @chicagoparent in your photos and let us know how you liked it!
If you go
6445 West North Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302