“At Wonder Works, we believe that play is so powerful, it can change lives,” says Wonder Works Executive Director Deborah Clair, “as a child plays, they convey their thoughts and explore emotions that shape their understanding of the world around them.”

Clair joined Wonder Works in February 2022, bringing a wealth of experience with nonprofit organizations that touch youths’ lives. She has a passion for working with children, helping to grow and develop the next generation of 21st century leaders, and is thrilled to have joined the Wonder Works team. 

During the pandemic, Wonder Works was closed for 15 months. From her first day, it has been Clair’s mission to bring Wonder Works back to full play and create a safe environment for ALL children. 

Clair and her staff worked to increase museum hours and capacity, add more play materials, reopen the snack room, and add more birthday celebration options. In 2022, Wonder Works hosted several fun events including a dinosaur takeover, an outdoor bubble bash and a tinkering workshop. A new permanent exhibit, featuring big, bright, colorful blocks, will empower young visitors to build and design whatever they imagine. 

Despite being a community anchor on North Avenue for 20 years, Wonder Works’ attendance is down significantly compared to pre-COVID levels. Donations to Wonder Works will help the museum continue to change the lives of the children of Oak Park, surrounding suburbs and the Chicagoland area through play-based learning. Make a gift to Wonder Works today at www.wonder-works.org

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