Blog: Innovation Destinations

Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Dinosaurs, LEGOs, Maker Faires, and more

Get up close and personal at Trailside, River Forest's local nature center. An Evening at Trailside gives kids and families an opportunity to chat with naturalists, engage with crafts and center programs, take up-close looks at the furs and skulls of local wildlife, and witness a rare demonstration of how the meals for the center animals are prepared. You can also expect to stargaze through a telescope, observe a taxidermy demonstration, embark on an epic scavenger hunt, and gather around the campfire for stories and s'mores. This admission-free event takes place on Friday 11/6, and kicks off at 5:00pm.

Flex your Maker muscle at one of this weekend's Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faires! All weekend long, every B&N location will be running  its very own mini Maker Faires in partnership with Make Magazine. If Make Workspaces, tech-educational expos, hands-on activities, product demos for 3D printers, drones, robots, coding, programming, and Maker talks with local Makers will be on hand to discuss their work get your engines running, then this is the space for you. The Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faires are free, but details vary by location. For store locations and Mini Maker Faire times, visit the B&N website

If there's a child in your life with an insatiable love of Legos, head to harwood Heights this Saturday 11/7 for Eisenhower Public Library's Lego Day. Participants will will their vision into reality by collaborating with other builders with a provided Lego stash - no need to bring your own. Participation is free, but this popular event usually fills up, and pre-registration is strongly recommended. The buildathon runs from 2:00 - 4:00.

This Sunday 11/7, Dino Works makes its triumphant return to Wonder Works in Oak Park. Visit any time from 12:00 - 5:00 for dinosaur-themed crafts, games, and learning, including a fossil meet-and-greet. Dino Works is free with $6 admission to the museum, so make sure to take some time to explore the other imaginative play-inducing treasures that Wonder Works has to offer.