New Family Attractions to Try This Summer

This is the summer to be a Lego fanatic.

Literally millions of colorful bricks are flooding Chicagoland this month in the form of zoo animals and nature when two of our favorite places to visit unveil amazing Lego statues sure to make Lego lovers out of all of us.

That’s not all, though. From a huge new roller coaster to a new water play area, summer 2019 seems to have stepped up its game.

Brick Safari

For the first time in North America, more than 40 new animals take up temporary residence at Brookfield Zoo beginning May 11. And they are all made out of Lego bricks. Brick Safari marks the return of an elephant to the zoo, plus a giant panda, tiger, dolphin, giraffe and more. Don’t miss a chance to get your selfie in a safari Jeep made of Lego bricks. $3 kids 3-11 and $5 adults, plus general admission.

Nature Connects

The award-winning exhibit, Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks by Sean Kenney, returns to Morton Arboretum May 24. Expect 15 new sculptures, including a bee mid-flight, an oak tree sprouting from an acorn and a crimson-crested woodpecker. Not to miss will be some of the fan favorites: a peacock, an 8-foot-long dragonfly, a monarch butterfly and a family of deer. Kids can create their own Lego masterpieces in the Children’s Garden. Running through Sept. 15. Nature Connects is free with admission.

Santa Springs

Nothing says summer like playing in the water and that’s why families will love the new major addition to Santa’s Village Azoosment Park. When done, Santa Springs will feature zero-depth entry to a 10,000-square-foot wading pool with a two-story interactive water play structure with giant tipping buckets and six water slides. Complete the day out with thrill rides, kiddie rides, games and more than 200 animals. Santa Springs opens this summer.

Maxx Force

This triple-record breaking roller coaster at Six Flags Great America is thrill on speed and, as the tallest double inversion of any roller coaster in the world, puts riders upside down more than 17 stories high. Plus, its state-of-the-art launch system takes riders from 0 to 78 mph in under two seconds—the fastest acceleration in North America. Ride opens early this summer, Six Flags Great America, Gurnee. Must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

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