LEGO bricks have been a very favorite toy for my kids since they were old enough to begin playing with Duplo sets. My older boys have grown beyond these to LEGO bricks and I am utterly amazed at what they can create in one afternoon. LEGO is such a great activity for so many reasons, teaching lifelong skills such as reading and following directions, sequential order, patience and organization just to name a few. LEGO bricks are fun for all ages; here is a list of local events to help celebrate the LEGO fan in all of us!
LEGO Engineering Summer Camps at DuPage Children’s Museum
Let your imagination soar building motorized models using LEGO Bricks in exciting workshops lead by Bricks 4 Kidz. Camps are held Monday-Thursday during the weeks of June 13-16 and July 11-14. Special pricing for museum members but open to all children ages 6-10 years old.
Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp
These summer camps introduce children to concepts of engineering, architecture, and mechanics using LEGO bricks. Camps are being offered in Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Naperville, River Forest, Western Springs, Westmont and Woodridge. Click here for enrollment information.
LEGO Americana Roadshow
From June 18 – July 4 at Northbrook Court (Northbrook, IL) there will be a travelling display of large scale LEGO models replicating some of our nation’s most well known landmarks. Come see life-size models built entirely out of LEGO bricks all over the mall.
This two day event is being held on June 18 & 19 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention in Schaumburg. See 100,000 square feet of spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by enthusiasts from around the world. Enjoy interactive displays and purchase LEGO sets and accessories from many vendors. This is a ticketed event and more information can be found here.
Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry
Brick by Brick features more than a dozen giant constructions including a 60-foot Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station and Roman Colosseum. The exhibit runs through February 2017. It requires an additional, timed-entry ticket ($9 for adults and $7 for kids ages 3-11), included in Explorer ticket packages. Click here to read Annie’s in depth review and recommendation here. Museum of Science and Industry will host a Summer Brick Party on Saturday, July 16. Click here for the details.
LEGO at the Library
LEGO Build-Off Competition at Lisle Library
Use your imagination to build a Lego creation and compete with other builders to win this year’s LEGO Build-Off. Trophies will be awarded to categories such as largest, coolest, and even weirdest creation, for ages 5-14. Use your personal LEGO collection and submit a photograph to the library by May 31, 2016.
Family Lego Night at Clarendon Hills Library
Calling all LEGO fans…let’s see what you can create with our LEGO bricks! On May 26, visit the Clarendon Hills Library and make a LEGO creation based on a theme. All creations will be put on display in the Library. Geared for families with children 3 years old and up and no registration is required.
Lego Build at Downers Grove Library
The Downers Grove Library will hold LEGO building sessions on the following dates: June 15, June 16, June 29, July 21, August 18. Click here for more detailed information including times and themes.
LEGO Club at Thomas Ford Library
The building club will meet on June 22 from 10-11 am.
Movies in the Park at the Elmhurst Park District
On July 15, grab a blanket and popcorn and attend an outdoor viewing of “The LEGO Movie” at Wilder Park. Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. Stop by early for a children’s craft project at 7:30 p.m.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
LEGO fans will enjoy a visit to the Discovery Center in Schaumburg where there is always fun to be had with all things LEGO.
The LEGO stores in Orland Park, Chicago and Schaumburg have LEGO club where your kids ages 6-12 can build mini models with other LEGO fans. The club usually meets monthly and the next build is either May 21 or 28 depending on the store.
All dates and times are subject to change.