Blog: Innovation Destinations

Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Legos, bats, and interactive stories

The Morton Arboretum is at it again, bringing the outdoors to life in outdoor installation Nature Connects: Art with LEGO. This Lisle outdoor adventure is open all weekend, and features pieces crafted from nearly half a million LEGO bricks. Not only will visitors get to explore these larger-than-life sculptures - they'll also get to take a stab at creations of their own in a LEGO play-and-stay area, or participate in a number of other activities. This exhibit packs up on November 1, so catch it before it flies, slithers, or hops out of town.

Head on over to the Chicago Cultural Mile this Saturday for The Halloween Gathering, an exciting coming together of Chicago's diverse creative communities. From 2:00 - 6:00, the parks institutions along the Mile will be alive with family-friendly activities, including mask making workshops, free performances, pop-up installations, interactive experiences, a children's costume parade, and so much more. Then, from 6:00 - 8:00, expect the unexpected in a parade check-full of lanterns, costumes, [performances, music, dance, and moving platforms. Best of all, admission is completely free.

What's Halloween without the beat of little leathery wings? Head over to the Oak Lawn Public Library this Sunday for Incredible Bats, an all-ages workshop on bats and their benefit on the world around us. Attendees will even make the acquanitance of some very special guests - live Egyptian fruit bats. Neither registration nor admission fees are required for this 2:00 talk.

Chicago's 8 - 12 year olds are in for an interactive treat this Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00. Chicago Loop StoryScape is a fresh, admission-free take on storytelling in which participants take to the city streets to follow a story guide and make use of provided props, reversing curses and saving story characters from certain peril. Participants will sketch, solve puzzles, travel through time, and learn some area history, all while exploring the architecture of the six-block area of the Loop. There are no winners or losers here - only innovators and imagineers.