My kids cannot get enough of "twinkly" lights. The holiday displays at both zoos are a part of our holiday rotation and now we have another one to add to the roster: The Morton Arboretum's first-ever holiday light display, Illumination.
I previewed it last week and it is so much fun. Walk (or push a stroller) around a mile-long paved trail with eight interactive exhibits - sing to walnut trees to make the lights change color, hug a tree so the lights will brighten or see your face projected onto an evergreen. (A bonus to parents is that the paved trail is pretty self-contained so you can let even the small fries have some freedom without worry.)
The path is peppered with snack stops stocked with hot chocolate and s'mores and you have the chance to warm up in the visitor's center with a holiday-themed model railroad.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 2-17 and free to kids under 2. Discounted pricing is available for members.
Hours are 4:30-8:30 p.m. through Jan. 4.
Want to go for free? Email email@example.com by Dec. 6 for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the exhibit! Just put "Morton" in the subject line.
Rebecca Little, a native Chicagoan, loves discovering new ways to keep her two very active boys entertained lest they resort to spackling heirloom furniture or flushing toy trains down the toilet - not that those are real examples. Follow her at PinwheelChicago.com.
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