Family Friendly: Grammy Award-winner to perform at Wonder Works
Ella Jenkins' annual Wonder Works concert takes place Feb. 24.
Updated: February 7, 2013 11:34AM
Beloved children’s entertainer Ella Jenkins has performed at Wonder Works every February since 2007 — and every concert has been sold out. Mary Bodlak, executive director of the children’s museum at 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, advises parents to purchase tickets as soon as possible for Jenkins’ annual concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.
“Ella has always lived up to her title as ‘First Lady of Children’s Music,’” Bodlak said. “Wonder Works is proud to call the legendary Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner a friend. We treasure each year we can share her with our youngest generation.”
Bodlak further praised Jenkins’ call-and-response music style which reinforces several things that Wonder Works promotes, “children and adults actively playing together, developing creativity in children and improving communication between cultures.”
Jenkins’ latest CD, released at the end of January, is “Get Moving with Ella Jenkins.”
Tickets are $12 for members, $16 for nonmembers.
For details, call (708) 383-4815 or go to www.wonder-works.org.
A WHOLE LOTTA FUN
There will be stories and songs with Miss Ashley of the River Forest Public Library, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Whole Foods Market, 7245 Lake St., River Forest. The program is for kids from birth through age 6 with a caregiver.
For details, call (708) 366-1045 or go to www.riverforestlibrary.org.
HOPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Popular children’s book star Froggy will hop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 into Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park for a Froggy Valentine Storytime. Kids will hear stories about Froggy and Valentine’s Day. Afterwards, they can pose with the green critter, whose latest book is Froggy’s Worst Playdate. Call to reserve a place.
For details, call (708) 848-0770 or go to www.magictreebooks.com.
START YOUR ENGINES
Your child has a choice of snapping together a Lamborghini Diablo VT or ’63 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe model car or a space shuttle at a Build-Your-Own Race Car Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
For details, call (630) 833-1457 or go to www.elmhursthistory.org.
IN THE ZONE
It will be a real treat for kids ages 4 and older to decorate Valentine’s cookies at Kid Zone, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Franklin Park Public Library, 10311 Grand Ave. Registration is required.
For details, call (847) 455-6016 or go to www.franklinparklibrary.org.