Last year we fell down the rabbit hole.
This year we’ll take a trip to LEGO Land without ever leaving Huntsville.
The Huntsville Botanical Garden has done it again. For Summer 2015 they’ve invited some very special installations into the Garden – “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks” moves in this Saturday! A few things your kids can do:
- Stop & smell a LEGO rose
- Marvel at the giant hummingbird
- Visit the LEGO lilly pads & Koi fish
- Look for the butterflies made of bricks
- Play I Spy for a huge LEGO dragonfly
- Find a LEGO fox in the fern glade
- And much, much more!
Sean Kenney is a renowned, award-winning artist and “professional kid” who uses LEGO pieces to design and create contemporary sculpture for venues around the globe. You’ll find 27 of his pieces, using 500,00 bricks, tucked away inside the Garden grounds, just waiting for your family to discover them.
There are also several opportunities for kids to build their own LEGO creations at the Garden this summer and connect with nature through the joy of play.
Micro City LEGO Nation – May 30
For ages 8 & up. Kids will create a community piece to be displayed at the Garden during the Nature Connects Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit. Volunteers from the Tennessee Valley LEGO® Club will be on hand to support this event and assist children with their creations. All bricks will be provided and each child will receive an engraved nameplate to be displayed with their creation. Cost & sign up here.
LEGO Movie at HBG – May 1
Enjoy the movie under the stars at the Garden’s spacious outdoor amphitheater. Admission includes a bag of popcorn and a chance to meet Emmet! More details here.
Send a photograph of your little one’s LEGO masterpiece to email@example.com and they’ll share it on the Garden’s website and social media channels. Your sculpture could be chosen to compete in the Build-tanical Challenge Finals on Saturday, June 13 at the Garden. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. See the rules here.
Changes in the Garden
If you haven’t visited the Garden since last Fall, you’ll soon see they’ve been hard at work renovating and improving some of your favorite spaces.
The pond has been expanded in the middle of the grounds, and now there’s a nice walking bridge with plenty of turtle sightings when you’re making your way to the hammock grove. Fans of the giant chess set will find it relocated to the Children’s Garden right beyond the Pollywog Bog.
There are cute new baby button quail playing hide & seek in the Butterfly House, and the butterflies will be emerging soon!
The huge pirate-themed treehouse – a kid favorite – is under construction, with no current date for completion at press time.
The spring flowers and botanicals are in full bloom, and it’s a great time to visit!
Nature Connects Details
When: April 24 – July 26, 2015
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville AL 35805
Admission: $12 per adult, $8 per child ages 3 to 18, $10 per senior (55+), $10 for military or student (must show ID), Children 2 and under and members of The Garden are FREE.
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.