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Put the Wonder Works Museum on your itinerary when you visit Chicago.
Maybe you’ve required your preschooler to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Oak Park. Or perhaps you’ve taken her to Ernest Hemingway’s, which I imagine to be equally b-o-r-i-n-g if you’re four years old.
You’ll be forgiven, however, if you put the Wonder Works Museum on the itinerary.
This sweet little museum–really more of a play space–is tucked into a corner of the tony suburb a couple miles from Chicago’s border and offers all kind of pretend.
Charlotte, age 4, and our friend Ella, age 6, went bananas on the kid-sized stage. Meanwhile, big brother William coordinated the light and sound boards–which actually operate.
Try on costumes backstage or jam on the provided musical instruments.
After the encore, check out the rainforest and climbing tree, extensive arts and crafts area or “make” applesauce atop two giant conveyor belt.
There’s also plenty of fun to be had in the teddy bear area, at the grocery story and police station.
The only bummer is that there are no snacks available for purchase. Then again, most moms worth their baby bags will probably pack their own.
Still, if you’re caught empty-handed (um, like me…), there’s a Dunkin Donuts a block or so East of the museum.
You’ll also be required to wear socks–which are available for purchase for $1 per pair.
The total cost of a visit for four children and two adults: $36.00.
The money can be applied to a museum membership, if you’d like.
And if you ask my kids, they would like.