Family Friendly: Dig bugs and worms at Oak Park’s Wonder Works

Scientifically speaking, Wonder Works is the place to be Wednesdays in August. From 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 20, at 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, kids will learn about bugs. On Aug. 27, the topic will be rocks.

“The coordinator that does the programs is Eric Gyllenhaal, Ph.D., who has a lot of experience working with kids and developing children’s exhibits,” said Executive Director Mary Bodlak. “These events are very hands-on and there’s always a take-away for the adults so that they can duplicate some of the activities and expand on it if the kids are interested.”

There will be both real and pretend bugs and worms at the Aug. 20 event. Activities will include digging in dirt for real bugs and worms, hunting for plastic bugs in the Great Outdoors exhibit, making a bug collage and more.

On Aug. 27, “There’ll be a lot of digging and sifting and discovering pieces of rocks,” Bodlak said, “and then learning how to make a collection of rocks and minerals.”

For details, call (708) 383-4815 or go to wonder-works.org.

DOUBLE THE FUN

Put your 3-8-year-olds in their favorite pajamas and bring them to the Llama Llama Storytime, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. They will hear some of Anna Dewdney’s “Llama Llama” books. Reservations are requested.

For details, call (708) 848-0770 or go to www.magictreebooks.com.

TOY TIME

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack supply voices for “Toy Story 3.” You and your kids can see the G-rated film, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at Franklin Park Public Library, 10311 Grand Ave. The film tells what happens after the toys mistakenly wind up in a daycare center. There will be refreshments.

For details, call (847) 455-6016 or go to franklinparklibrary.org.

SOFT SOAP

The most amazing shapes will appear at Ben’s Bubble Show, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Elmwood Park Public Library, 1 Conti Pkwy. The program is intended for ages 3-12. Reservations are required.

For details, call (708) 453-7645 or go to www.elmwoodparklibrary.org.

COOL SONGS

Your family can raise their voices in song at the “Frozen” Karaoke Sing-Along, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Watch as a kingdom almost becomes a solid block of ice in this 103-minute PG-rated film. Costumes are encouraged.

For details, call (708) 452-3420 or go to oppl.org.

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