Cantigny’s LEGO Train Show takes shape from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, in Wheaton.
A holiday tradition, the 12th annual show, requiring a full day to set up, transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a wonderland for LEGO fans. It is produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and is the group’s largest annual event in terms of floor space and attendance (www.niltc.org).
Visitors can experience the event in a more intimate way by attending a special LEGO Train Show party from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Guests can enjoy the show without lines, as they view the elaborate LEGO displays and meet the builders.
Snacks, desserts and hot chocolate will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Ticket holders also receive a holiday keepsake and complimentary parking.
The party is priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. It's free for younger kids. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cantigny.org, at the park in the Cantigny Shop, or by phone at 630-260-8162.
In addition, young LEGO enthusiasts are invited to the park before the main event for these first-time workshops:
• Pre-engineering with LEGO
Wednesday, Dec. 11, for ages 5 and 6
• Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO
Thursday, Dec. 12, for ages 7 to 12
Both 90-minute workshops begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Medill Room, inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. Cost is $20 per child, which includes expert instruction by the staff of Play-Well TEKnologies. Class registration is at www.cantigny.org or call 630-260-8162.
Admission to the two-day LEGO Train Show is complimentary, with paid parking of $5 per vehicle. Cantigny Park will waive the parking fee for anyone bringing a new and unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Visitors Center at 1S151 Winfield Road.