Hit the bricks

Families can tour the world, one block at a time, with the “LEGO Travel Adventure,” which opens Saturday at the Great Lakes Science Center.

The traveling exhibition, created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, allows visitors to construct vehicles capable of flying, driving and floating to visit exotic locations. Florida, Hawaii, Paris and San Francisco serve as the inspirational settings

It is designed to encourage children to think creatively and empower them to be the creators of tomorrow.

In addition to building their own machines, visitors can see the work of LEGO master builders, who have recreated the first Model T, the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk and an ocean liner. The exhibition also features a life-size hybrid LEGO brick vehicle created by master builder Steve Gerling.

Running simultaneously at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will be “Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience,” and the two institutions have collaborated on a joint quest that will take visitors on an adventure that spans both locations.

According to Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and CEO of the science center, “LEGO Travel Adventure invites guests to immerse themselves into design thinking using one of the greatest building materials of all time – LEGO bricks – as a vehicle for imagination. It will truly be a summer of LEGO fun as our friends at Cleveland Botanical Garden host ‘Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience,’ and we encourage families to take advantage of the cooperative discount we are offering to visit both experiences.”

“LEGO Travel Adventure” runs through Sept. 7 at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, and is included with regular admission. The science center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 216-694-2000.