Looking for a way to get your kids to put away the screens and instead tinker and create with their own bare hands? Then head over to the brand new Blocks to Bricks museum at Woodfield Mall. Blocks to Bricks is an art gallery inspired museum that celebrates the history of 3-D building blocks in a unique way that is unlike any other museum in Chicagoland. The brainchild of Adam Reed Tucker, the artist behind the Museum of Science and Industry’s immensely popular “Brick by Brick” exhibit, Blocks to Bricks is a creative museum that not only teaches visitors about the evolution of tactile toys but also challenges them to create. Here are three reasons why your family should head over to Schaumburg for some Blocks to Bricks fun:
My family received free admission to Blocks to Bricks. All opinions are my own.
To Be Inspired
Blocks to Bricks takes visitors on a 13,000 square foot immersive journey through 150 years of construction toys. Guests will undoubtedly recognize favorites from their own childhoods, such as Lincoln Logs, while traveling through thirteen different zones of materials that are used in 3D building (stone, wood, paper…just to name a few). It is astounding what can be created out of the most simple of materials, which undoubtedly triggers visitors’ minds to be much more open about what “construction toys” are and what you can create with them.
My boys’ favorite room was the black-light room and we even got to chat with an artist who was building eye popping structures—all while in the dark! Immediately upon our return home, my boys turned off the lights and started building by flashlights, clearly inspired by the cool and unique glow in the dark exhibit.
To Be Surprised
As a Lego loving family, our jaws dropped when we set our eyes on the state of the art injection mold machine that actually CREATES Lego bricks. There is even a conveyor belt that connects the machine to the Blocks to Bricks gift shop so that you can purchase the blocks that you watched being made with your own eyes! More eye mind boggling surprises? The ever growing wall that displays every single Lego piece and Lego figurine ever made.
Tucker’s collection of over 3,000 construction based artifacts really shows how dedicated he was in telling a clear and detailed story about the history of 3D blocks, which will astound visitors of all ages.
To Be Challenged
While still in its beginning stages during our visit, there is an eye popping Lego display located at the Blocks to Bricks entrance. In the center of the exhibit is a Lego structure created by Adam Reed Tucker. Visitors are challenged and encouraged to roll up their sleeves and try their hands at mimicking the patterns, colors, and even structures that Tucker creates for this special and unique display.
At the end of the museum is the Blocks to Bricks retail shop, which includes rare building and construction related items that are impossible to find at big box stores. These finds are great treasures to bring home so that your family and continue to create and build together.